2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE 63

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Safety

Both the Range Rover Sport and AMG GLE 63 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Sport 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 AMG GLE 63’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 Range Rover Sport’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 AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the AMG GLE 63 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The Range Rover Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the AMG GLE 63’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 63:

 

 

 

MPG

Range Rover Sport

 

AWD

3.0 turbo V6 Diesel

22 city/28 hwy

 

 

3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

HSE 3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

5.0 supercharged V8

17 city/22 hwy

 

 

SVR 5.0 Supercharged V8

15 city/20 hwy

AMG GLE

 

AWD

5.5 turbo V8

12 city/18 hwy

 

 

S 5.5 turbo V8

14 city/18 hwy

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The AMG GLE 63 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG GLE 63’s standard fuel tank (27.6 vs. 24.6 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the AMG GLE 63.

Brakes and Stopping

The Range Rover Sport stops shorter than the AMG GLE 63:

 

Range Rover Sport

AMG GLE 63

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

112 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Sport’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.4% to 51.6%) than the AMG GLE 63’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the Range Rover Sport more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 63 (10.9 vs. 9.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GLE 63.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Range Rover Sport HSE is quieter than the AMG GLE 63 S Coupe:

 

Range Rover Sport

AMG GLE 63

At idle

44 dB

46 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

83 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the AMG GLE 63 can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the AMG GLE 63 Coupe.

 

Range Rover Sport

GLE

Third Seat Removed

24.8 cubic feet

23 cubic feet

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the AMG GLE 63’s (7716 vs. 7200 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Range Rover Sport 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 AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Sport has a standard rear wiper. The AMG GLE 63 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 Sport has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its February 2015 issue and they ranked the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR two places higher than the Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S Coupe.

The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The AMG GLE 63 has never been chosen.

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