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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Porsche Cayenne

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE is a crossover SUV that can deliver sports car performance, while the Porsche Cayenne is a performance vehicle that also happens to have the passenger-friendly capability of an SUV. These two high-quality vehicles come from companies with a long history of luxury and performance. Take a look at our side-by-side comparison to see which is best.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE by a park


The GLE SUV is a handsome, purposeful crossover that has more than its share of style. Plus, the GLE sports a coupe version. The available coupe model has an even bigger dose of style that makes it one of the most desirable crossovers out there. While the Porsche Cayenne used to be at the head of the pack when it came to exterior styling, this is no longer the case. When it was launched the Cayenne had a unique look. While it has changed over the years to try and match the times, it just doesn't compare to the contemporary, stylish look of the GLE.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE on a sunny day

Interior Comfort & Quality

The GLE doesn't offer a third-row seat, so there's plenty of interior space in the cabin, as well as luxury features. You get a little less rear head room in the GLE coupe, but it's a small price to pay for the stunning look. Cargo space is excellent, due to the omission of the third row, giving the Mercedes space to spare in both the cabin and the cargo area. Although the Porsche's main focus is performance, it still provides a luxurious ride. Although it's not as plush as the GLE, the Cayenne isn't far behind. However, the Cayenne's interior is relatively cramped compared to its exterior dimensions.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE by a tree

Power & Performance

There are more than enough engine options for potential GLE buyers in the current lineup. There's everything from a fuel-sipping plug-in hybrid to an almost ridiculously powerful bi-turbo V-8 with 577 horsepower, 561 lb.-ft. of torque and a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds to its credit. Not every Porsche Cayenne comes with V-8 rocket-like performance. In fact, the base engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 with 300 horsepower, just barely less than the baseline Mercedes. The most powerful is a 570 horsepower V-8 twin-turbo in the Cayenne Turbo S, which is still less than the GLE has to offer. Although the Porsche beats the Mercedes in handling, this round goes to the GLE.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE in the sunlight


With all that power, you'll want a safety system that can keep up with your vehicle. SUVs are not normally rated as highly as many buyers would expect when it comes to safety. The Mercedes, however, received a Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS, for being one of the safest vehicles in its class. The Porsche doesn't get crash tested by the two main agencies due to its high price and low sales volume. The Cayenne is equipped with plenty of the very latest advanced safety features but, even if it was tested, it's not able to beat the IIHS rating the GLE can boast.

In addition to the GLE class coming out ahead in every category, the entry level Cayenne costs almost $7k more than the base GLE class simply because of the brand name. So, with higher stats and a lower price, the Mercedes emerges victorious.

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