2005 BMW X5 vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS

To start off, 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS is newer by 6 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2005 BMW X5. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2005 BMW X5 would be higher. At 2,987 cc (6 cylinders), 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS (264 HP @ 3800 RPM) has 49 more horse power than 2005 BMW X5. (215 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS should accelerate faster than 2005 BMW X5. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 BMW X5 weights approximately 355 kg more than 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Because 2005 BMW X5 is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2005 BMW X5 will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS (620 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 100 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 BMW X5. (520 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 BMW X5. 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS has automatic transmission and 2005 BMW X5 has manual transmission. 2005 BMW X5 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2005 BMW X5 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS
Make BMW Mercedes-Benz
Model X5 CLS
Year Released 2005 2011
Body Type SUV Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2926 cc 2987 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 215 HP 264 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 3800 RPM
Torque 520 Nm 620 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 1600 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 18.0:1 15.5:1
Fuel Type Diesel Diesel
Top Speed 210 km/hour 250 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 8.3 seconds 6.2 seconds
Drive Type 4WD Rear
Transmission Type Manual 7-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 2170 kg 1815 kg
Vehicle Length 4670 mm 4940 mm
Vehicle Width 1880 mm 1882 mm
Vehicle Height 1720 mm 1417 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2875 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 93 L 80 L


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