2018 Mercedes GLE vs. 2018 Land Rover Range Rover

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The GLE’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The GLE has standard NECK-PRO front head restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO front head restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the GLE and the Range Rover have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the GLE its highest rating: “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GLE’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 17th in initial quality. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the GLE 550e is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover 3.0 Supercharged:

 

GLE

Range Rover

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.6 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the GLE 550e running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Td6 (38 city/50 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

The GLE 550e can drive on battery power alone for up to 18.6 miles. The Range Rover must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Mercedes GLE as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Range Rover is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG GLE 43, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Range Rover.

Brakes and Stopping

The GLE stops much shorter than the Range Rover:

 

GLE

Range Rover

 

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Range Rover (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R19).

The GLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The AMG GLE 43 4MATIC handles at .77 G’s, while the Range Rover Supercharged pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the GLE’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Range Rover’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.3 feet). The GLE’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Range Rover LWB’s (38.7 feet vs. 42.9 feet).

Chassis

The Mercedes GLE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 300 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover.

The GLE is 7.7 inches shorter than the Range Rover, making the GLE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the AMG GLE 43 4MATIC is quieter than the Range Rover Supercharged:

 

GLE

Range Rover

At idle

38 dB

46 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

67 dB

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 24.5 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover with its rear seat folded (80.3 vs. 62.6 cubic feet).

The GLE’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer fluid is optional on the GLE to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Range Rover doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

Model Availability

The GLE is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the GLE owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the GLE will cost $3995 less than the Range Rover over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLE is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover because typical repairs cost much less on the GLE than the Range Rover, including $70 less for fuel injection, $75 less for a fuel pump, $184 less for front struts and $886 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes GLE will be $32546 to $84159 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover.

Recommendations

The Mercedes GLE outsold the Land Rover Range Rover by over three to one during 2017.

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