Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Volkswagen Touareg, Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec, Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5
We rustle up five SUVs from the most competitive diesel segment in the U.S.
All this talk about diesels remains largely just yammer. Despite years of
automaker promises and auto-show oaths, plus hipster queues at Volkswagen
dealerships for Jetta wagons with stick shifts and 500-mile ranges, the
American diesel market is barely running at a cold idle. In fact, this
gathering of five vehicles is an all-inclusive roundup of every single
entry in the most hotly contested compression-ignition segment in the U.S.:
diesel sport-utilities sized medium-large and priced medium-ridiculous.
Even the working-pickup market can boast only three diesel players at
More oil-burners are surely coming, especially from Europe. There,
diesel-evangelical automakers are desperate to amortize their increasing
development costs by spreading the religion beyond the E.U. With its scant
appetite for diesels, Asia is lost. So the push is in America, which is
why, in this test, you must witness the spectacle of four Germans beating
up on a lone American (albeit one with an Italian engine).
"Yes, this is the location where Forrest Gump stopped running. No, we
don’t want to hear your Gump impersonation."
A diesel’s key selling point is its efficiency. In this test we have fuel
tanks sized from 22.5 to 27.7 gallons and EPA-combined fuel-economy ratings
in the low- to mid-20s. Thus, even the BMW X5 xDrive35d, with both the most
convoluted name and the smallest tank, should be capable of easily leaping
from New York to Cleveland without a fill-up. And if you’re very easy on
the Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec, which has the largest tank, you might just
squeak it all the way to Chicago.
None of those bladder-busting drives particularly interested us, so we
saddled up in Los Angeles and drove to Monument Valley, one of the iconic
landscapes by which America defines itself with postcard snapshots.
That’s 642 miles via a long highway route through Arizona. Instead, we
zigzagged across Utah’s Grand-Staircase Escalante, where Mother Nature
went crazy with her construction toys, digging canyons of khaki and pink
stone and cutting stairs in which each riser is a thousand-foot wall. We
drove past Fifty Mile Mountain and the Studhorse Peaks, crossed the
Waterpocket Fold, and took pictures at Bullfrog Bay. At 1150 miles, our
fuel-economy log may be a record for a C/D comparison test. [Actually, the
record is 2000 miles–Ed.]
Along the way, we discovered arguments both for and against the return of
diesels. The pros are obvious: huge torque and mid-20s fuel economy for a
collection of trucks all weighing over 5000 pounds. On the other hand, even
these hyper-modern, next-generation diesels still sound like, as our
British photographer drolly put it, “skeletons wanking in a metal filing
And some of the pumps we had to fill up at looked as if they had once been
parking cones at a truck-driving school, all oily and battered and stuck
out behind the station where their leaky nozzles could secretly drip-drip
black slicks into the dust. Even the nicest ones at well-lit megaplazas had
sheens of stinky stuff on the handles, something they often forget to
mention as you’re signing the papers on a $70,000 vehicle.
Then there were the larger, high-flow big-rig nozzles that didn’t
fit—or fit only with the help of an adapter, which was only supplied with
the BMW. We had to pass it around, making some fuel stops seem longer than
Seth MacFarlane’s monologue at the Oscars. That is, when we could find a
station with diesel.
2015 Mercedes Benz ML-Class Vs 2015 BMW X5 - DESIGN!
2015 BMW X5 vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Reviewü
Passengers in the back seat may find themselves a little more cramped in
the BMW X5 than the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. As far as headroom and legroom
go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the BMW X5
and the Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
Due to the larger tank size and better fuel economy of the BMW X5, you will
definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of
a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
(MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the BMW X5 will have less of an impact
on your bank account than the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Another consideration
is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the
vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the BMW X5 and the
Mercedes-Benz M-Class have similar Destination Charges.
The BMW X5 is about the same width as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. When
looking at overall length, the BMW X5 takes up about the same amount of
space in your garage as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
With somewhat higher torque, the BMW X5 transmits power to its wheels a bit
more effectively than the Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
The BMW X5 has a larger turning radius than the Mercedes-Benz M-Class,
making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.
In terms of towing capacity, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is clearly the
choice over the BMW X5 for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the BMW X5 has a
lot less horsepower than the
The BMW X5 offers greater seating capacity than the Mercedes-Benz M-Class,
making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others
around. The BMW X5 has significantly less cargo capacity than the
The BMW X5 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the
BMW X5 v Mercedes-Benz ML-Class v Range Rover Sport v Porsche Cayenne,
Touareg, Audi Q7, GL, X6,