2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2017 Porsche Cayenne

Drivers in the market for a new luxury SUV have some great options to choose from, but two luxury SUVs stand out amongst the rest of the class. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the 2017 Porsche Cayenne both are at the top of their class for a reason, but what types of features and specs set them apart?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE offers drivers a variety of powerful and responsive engine options, a high-quality and well-built interior and ample standard and available features that make it one of the most capable luxury SUVs in the market right now. The 2017 Porsche Cayenne has impressive handling, an attractive interior and a variety of engines available as well. So what are the key differences between the two impressive luxury SUVs, and does one of them have the competitive edge over the other? Read on for an in-depth comparison between the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the 2017 Porsche Cayenne.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2017 Porsche Cayenne
$52,000 Base Trim MSRP $59,600
38.2 cubic feet Cargo Volume 23.7 cubic feet
302 horsepower; 273 pound-feet. of torque Base Engine Performance 300 horsepower; 295 pound-feet of torque
Standard Front Power Memory Seats Optional

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne comes in an overwhelming eight trim levels: Base, Platinum Edition, S, GTS, Turbo, Turbo S, S E-Hybrid and S E-Hybrid Platinum. The Base trim comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 300 horsepower while the S trim’s 3.6-liter V6 produces 420 horsepower, and the GTS’s 3.6-liter V6 generates 440 horsepower.The S E-Hybrid trim comes standard with a 3.0-liter V6 that makes 333 horsepower. Looking for more power? The Turbo comes standard with a 4.8-liter V8 that makes 520 horsepower, and the Turbo S has a standard 4.8-liter V8 that makes 570 horsepower. Available features include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, seat ventilation, Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, 4-zone Climate Control and a high-end surround sound system.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV comes in six trim levels: GLE 350 SUV, GLE 350 4MATIC® SUV, GLE 550e Plug-in Hybrid SUV, AMG® GLE 43 SUV, AMG® GLE 63 SUV and AMG® GLE 63 S SUV. The GLE 350 SUV and GLE 350 4MATIC® SUV trims come standard with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 302 horsepower, while the GLE 550e Plug-in Hybrid’s 3.0- V6 biturbo hybrid electric engine boasts impressive power for a hybrid engine with 436 horsepower. The AMG® GLE 43 SUV’s AMG® enhanced 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine generates 362 horsepower, but the top two SUVs in the lineup are even more powerful. The AMG® GLE 63 SUV makes an impressive 550 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, and the AMG® GLE 63 S SUV produces a staggering 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV offers industry-leading safety systems like ATTENTION ASSIST®, Crosswind Assist, the PRESAFE® system, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, the Surround View System and MAGIC VISION CONTROL®. Standard features for all trim levels include a power driver seat with memory settings, heated front seats, a power liftgate, five years of Mercedes-Benz mbrace® Connect, remote start with the app, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt/sliding sunroof and power-folding side mirrors.

If you’re in the market for a new luxury SUV, both the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV and the 2017 Porsche Cayenne are viable options for you. But with a lower MSRP, more powerful engine options and more standard features, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV really checks all of the boxes.

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