Originally Posted by Jim_in_PA
Not "cross shopping" but I did take a look at the GLE on the Merc website recently. It's very nice, but they nickel and dime you for so many things, making the cost escalate to more than $10K more than a very nice Summit.
Yes, I would have to agree. I took a test drive today of the Mercedes GLE 350diesel base vehicle=
$63200 Canadian vs $67145 for Summit (plus $4995 diesel option);
plus premium pkg $5900 (includes things like keyless go, 115V socket, Nav, sunroof, heated rear seats, harmin stereo, dvd drive, power rear gate),
and trailer hitch is an option ($675 Can);
Xenon headlights option ($1400);
block heater ($90);
winter mats ($275);
freight $1985 vs $1745 for Jeep;
air cond tax ($100); admin fee $225; license fee $20);
bank registration $55.85... that's a new one!
listed out retail at $71540 Canadian...plus tax
plus some differences but the vehicles are generally similar if you don't look at the offroad capabilities ....
9sp tranny vs 8 sp Jeep
the seats are fake leather vs leather Summit;
the wheels are 19" vs 20" Jeep ;
there is no suede headliner like the Summit (not a big deal but worth more); no headlight washers like Summit ,
cargo capacity slightly larger (70 cubic ft vs 68 Jeep);
mileage in Can Imperial gallons very slightly better (28/35 vs 25/34);
torque and power similar to Jeep;
similar safety features to Summit;
leather heated steering wheel vs wood/leather heated for Jeep which I like;
basic warranty 4yrs/80K vs 3yrs/60K Jeep
curb weight 4795 lbs vs 5374 lbs for Summit diesel
dimensions are similar...
The new front end of the MB takes a little getting used to and in my opinion, is not that great looking... I think the Jeep is a better looking vehicle but that is my personal opinion... Financially, the Jeep will always be a better buy for me given that my brother works on the line for Chrysler so I can get the employee discount price... but overall the MB drove nice, quiet and seemed well built and thought out.... I have yet to test drive a 2016 Jeep since none are available yet.... still not sure what I will ultimately decide on... 16 or 17 Jeep or MB or?? but I am leaning towards the Jeep ...
Frankly, I think it comes down to who the vehicle is marketed to... the MB, it seems, is a soft offroader, and more for those who enjoy the prestige of the brand, and a refined, very quiet ride....while the Jeep obviously has more offroad capabilities, and for those who perhaps have less of a need for the prestige, refined nature of the brand itself...
And of course, other matters are important...what kind of relationship you have with the dealership, service availability close to where you live and so on... and the ongoing maintenance costs of the Mercedes vs the Jeep ... having owned a 2010 MB and many Jeep GCs, I would say that MB service has always been more expensive and less convenient for me given that I have 3 or 4 Jeep dealers for service within a 30 minute drive and only 1 MB dealer within a 3 hr drive.