2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Mercedes GLE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The GLE doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GLE doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the Edge’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLE doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Edge and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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 and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLE. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLE ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 6 more horsepower (335 vs. 329) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 354) than the GLE 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the GLE:

 

 

 

MPG

Edge

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

 

 

ST 2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

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AWD

400 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

AMG 43 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GLE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GLE doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Ford Edge as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Mercedes GLE is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

The Edge stops much shorter than the GLE:

 

Edge

GLE

 

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Edge ST AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the AMG GLE 43 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge ST AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.8 seconds quicker than the GLE (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 800 pounds less than the Mercedes GLE.

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GLE doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GLE doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the AMG GLE 43 (71 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

The Edge has 10.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLE (113.9 vs. 103).

The Edge has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLE.

The front step up height for the Edge is 2.5 inches lower than the GLE (17.5” vs. 20”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 2 inches lower than the GLE’s (18” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a larger cargo volume than the GLE with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 38.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the GLE’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the GLE’s in almost every dimension:

 

Edge

GLE

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

39.5”/68”

Max Width

45.1”

49”

Min Width

45.1”

40.5”

Height

34.4”

35.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLE doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GLE doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge’s exterior PIN entry system. The GLE doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLE only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $1645 to $4910 less than the GLE over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the GLE because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the GLE, including $290 less for a water pump, $39 less for a muffler, $102 less for front brake pads, $488 less for a starter, $339 less for fuel injection, $167 less for a fuel pump, $211 less for front struts and $305 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $19368 to $25268 less than for the Mercedes GLE.

Recommendations

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Edge

GLE

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Ford Edge outsold the Mercedes GLE by almost three to one during 2018.

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