2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs. 2019 Mercedes GLE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.


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

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Evoque gets better fuel mileage than the GLE:





Range Rover Evoque



2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (237 HP)

22 city/29 hwy



2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (286 HP)

21 city/29 hwy




400 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy



AMG 43 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

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

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door 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 Range Rover Evoque 5-Door executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.1 seconds quicker than the GLE (26.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the GLE’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (8.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 900 pounds less than the Mercedes GLE.

The Range Rover Evoque is 1 foot, 5.1 inches shorter than the GLE, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is 2.4 inches lower than the GLE (17.6” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

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


The Range Rover Evoque HSE/Autobiography 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 Range Rover Evoque offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLE doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Model Availability

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes in four door and soft top bodystyles; the Mercedes GLE isn’t available as a soft top.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Evoque owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Evoque with a number “3” insurance rate while the GLE is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque than the GLE, including $290 less for a water pump, $147 less for a muffler, $42 less for front brake pads, $91 less for a starter, $61 less for fuel injection and $840 less for a power steering pump.


Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The GLE was Truck of the Year in 1998.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Range Rover Evoque as the 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The GLE has never been chosen.

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