2019 Jaguar I-Pace vs. 2019 Mercedes GLE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the I-Pace and GLE have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The I-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 I-Pace’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 I-Pace and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 I-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 I-Pace’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLE’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the I-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 I-Pace’s electric motor produces 65 more horsepower (394 vs. 329) and 158 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 354) than the GLE 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The I-Pace’s electric motor produces 9 more horsepower (394 vs. 385) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE 43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

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

 

I-Pace

GLE

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.4 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109 MPH

98 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the I-Pace gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 (93 city/97 hwy MPGe vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The I-Pace stops much shorter than the GLE:

 

I-Pace

GLE

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the I-Pace offers optional 22-inch wheels. The GLE’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the I-Pace uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the GLE, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the I-Pace’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the GLE (117.7 inches vs. 114.8 inches).

The I-Pace HSE handles at .90 G’s, while the AMG GLE 43 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The I-Pace HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 5 seconds quicker than the GLE (24.8 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

The I-Pace is 4.8 inches shorter than the GLE, making the I-Pace easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The I-Pace is 8 inches shorter in height than the GLE, making the I-Pace much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The design of the Jaguar I-Pace amounts to more than styling. The I-Pace has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the GLE (.37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the I-Pace get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the I-Pace 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.

Passenger Space

The I-Pace has 1 inch more front headroom and .6 inches more front legroom than the GLE.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the I-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 I-Pace offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The I-Pace offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLE doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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