2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2019 Mercedes GLE

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 GLE 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 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 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 GLE doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the GLE 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 GLE’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the GLE:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Sport Td6 3.0 turbo V6 diesel

254 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

GLE 400 3.0 turbo V6

329 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

AMG GLE 43 3.0 turbo V6

385 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is faster than the AMG GLE 43:

 

Range Rover Sport 5.0 Supercharged

Range Rover Sport SVR

GLE

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

4.3 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11 sec

10.5 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.9 sec

4.8 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

12.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109 MPH

111 MPH

98 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

144 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

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

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

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport Gas’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the GLE:

 

Range Rover Sport Gas

GLE

AMG GLE 43

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13 inches

13.6 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the GLE:

 

Range Rover Sport

GLE

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLE (275/40R22 vs. 265/45R20).

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

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport 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 better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the GLE.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 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 Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4.6 seconds quicker than the GLE (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (10.9 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is .9 inch higher than on the GLE AIRMATIC (10.9 vs. 10 inches).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Range Rover Sport HSE is quieter than the AMG GLE 43 (70 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

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

The Range Rover Sport has 25 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLE (128 vs. 103).

The Range Rover Sport has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLE.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Sport’s cargo area is larger than the GLE’s in almost every dimension:

 

Range Rover Sport

GLE

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.3”/73.5”

39.5”/68”

Max Width

50.6”

49”

Min Width

44”

40.5”

Height

33”

35.5”

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 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 Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the GLE’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 GLE 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 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 Range Rover Sport has standard 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 Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The GLE doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the GLE is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the GLE because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the GLE, including $207 less for a water pump, $386 less for a muffler, $80 less for front brake pads, $6 less for a starter, $52 less for front struts and $1077 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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