2019 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2019 Mercedes GLE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Discovery and GLE have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery 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 Discovery’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 Discovery and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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

Engine

The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 11 more horsepower (340 vs. 329) than the GLE 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 354) than the GLE 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE 43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 (21 city/26 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Discovery’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the GLE:

 

Discovery

GLE

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the GLE:

 

Discovery

GLE

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLE (285/40R22 vs. 265/45R20).

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

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the GLE.

The Discovery HSE Luxury handles at .72 G’s, while the GLE pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Discovery HSE Luxury executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GLE (28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (8.7 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.1 inches higher than on the GLE AIRMATIC (11.1 vs. 10 inches).

Chassis

The front grille of the Discovery 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 Discovery offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the GLE can only carry 5.

The Discovery has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the GLE.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The GLE doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLE.

 

Discovery

GLE

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

38.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

80.3 cubic feet

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

 

Discovery

GLE

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

n.a./39.5”/68”

Max Width

55.6”

49”

Min Width

39.3”

40.5”

Height

37”

35.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Discovery’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The GLE doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Discovery’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.

Towing

The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the GLE’s (8201 vs. 7200 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Discovery 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.

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

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The GLE doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

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