2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2019 Mercedes GLS

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

Both the Range Rover Sport and the GLS 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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 GLS’ (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 369) than the GLS 450’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 Supercharged is faster than the GLS 450:

 

Range Rover Sport

GLS

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport gets better fuel mileage than the GLS:

 

 

 

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

GLS

 

AWD

450 3.0 turbo V6

16 city/22 hwy

 

 

550 4.7 turbo V8

14 city/19 hwy

 

 

AMG 63 5.5 turbo V8

13 city/18 hwy

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The GLS 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 GLS doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLS (27.6 vs. 26.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the GLS:

 

Range Rover Sport

GLS

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLS.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the GLS 450 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the GLS 450 (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 3.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLS 63 (10.9 vs. 7.8 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 550 to 650 pounds less than the Mercedes GLS.

The Range Rover Sport is 9.9 inches shorter than the GLS, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover Sport has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .37 Cd. That is lower than the GLS (.37 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover Sport get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Range Rover Sport HSE is quieter than the GLS 450 (70 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Sport has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLS.

Cargo Capacity

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 GLS doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Payload and Towing

The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the GLS’ (7716 vs. 7500 pounds).

The Range Rover Sport has a higher standard payload capacity than the GLS (1631 vs. 1587 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Range Rover Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the GLS.

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 GLS 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 GLS only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 GLS doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Range Rover Sport has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the GLS.

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 GLS is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the GLS because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the GLS, including $423 less for a water pump, $313 less for a muffler, $63 less for front brake pads, $26 less for a starter, $71 less for front struts and $1110 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 GLS has never been chosen.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Mercedes GLS by 11% during 2018.

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