2019 Jaguar F-Pace vs. 2019 Mercedes GLE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the F-Pace and GLE have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The F-Pace has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GLE’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To help make backing safer, the F-Pace (except Base)’s optional 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 F-Pace and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The F-Pace comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The GLE’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The F-Pace’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLE’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Pace for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLE.

Engine

The F-Pace SVR’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 165 more horsepower (550 vs. 385) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE 43’s optional 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Pace S is faster than the AMG GLE 43:

 

F-Pace

GLE

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.2 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.7 sec

6.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.3 sec

3.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

98 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the F-Pace 20d gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 (26 city/33 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the F-Pace S gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 (18 city/23 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the F-Pace’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Mercedes only offers a regenerative brake system on the GLE Hybrid.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the F-Pace SVR’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GLE:

 

F-Pace SVR

GLE

AMG GLE 43

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.8 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

13 inches

13.6 inches

The F-Pace stops much shorter than the GLE:

 

F-Pace

GLE

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S/Portfolio offers optional 22-inch wheels. The GLE’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The F-Pace S handles at .88 G’s, while the AMG GLE 43 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Pace executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.9 seconds quicker than the GLE (25.9 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-Pace’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the GLE’s (38 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Pace may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 900 pounds less than the Mercedes GLE.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Pace’s cargo area is larger than the GLE’s in almost every dimension:

 

F-Pace

GLE

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.6”/71.9”

39.5”/68”

Max Width

49.4”

49”

Min Width

40.7”

40.5”

Height

29.6”

35.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the F-Pace’s optional 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 F-Pace’s available 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

The F-Pace (except Base/Premium) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GLE doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the F-Pace 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.

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