2019 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2019 Mercedes G-Class

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover

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Safety

The Range Rover offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G-Class only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The G-Class uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Range Rover and the G-Class 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged is faster than the G 550:

 

Range Rover

G-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.3 MPH

98.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover gets better fuel mileage than the G-Class:

 

 

 

MPG

Range Rover

 

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

16 city/21 hwy

 

 

SVA 5.0 Supercharged V8

14 city/19 hwy

 

 

LWB SVA 5.0 supercharged V8

13 city/19 hwy

G-Class

 

AWD

550 4.0 turbo V8

13 city/17 hwy

 

 

AMG 63 4.0 turbo V8

13 city/15 hwy

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

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

The Range Rover’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the G-Class (27.3 vs. 26.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover 380HP/5.0’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the G-Class:

 

Range Rover 380HP/5.0

G-Class

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

The Range Rover stops much shorter than the G-Class:

 

Range Rover

G-Class

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Range Rover’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G-Class’ optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Range Rover has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mercedes G-Class has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Range Rover V8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The G-Class doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the G-Class, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The G-Class doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Range Rover’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The G-Class doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the G-Class (115 inches vs. 113.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the G-Class.

The Range Rover’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.9% to 51.1%) than the G-Class’ (53% to 47%). This gives the Range Rover more stable handling and braking.

The Range Rover Supercharged handles at .79 G’s, while the G 550 pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4 seconds quicker than the G 550 (26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 30.7 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (40.5 feet vs. 44.6 feet). The Range Rover LWB’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (42.9 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the G-Class (11.6 vs. 9.5 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Land Rover Range Rover may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 700 pounds less than the Mercedes G-Class.

Unibody construction lowers the Range Rover’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The G-Class uses body-on-frame design instead.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Range Rover has standard flush composite headlights. The G-Class has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The G-Class doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Range Rover has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the G-Class (115 vs. 107).

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The G-Class doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The Range Rover’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The G-Class’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover’s power cargo door can be opened or closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The G-Class doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics

The Range Rover 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 G-Class doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover has a standard rear speed-sensitive intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the G-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Range Rover Autobiography/SVAutobiography has standard front air conditioned seats and the Range Rover Autobiography LWB/SVAutobiography also has them in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G-Class doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Recommendations

The Land Rover Range Rover outsold the Mercedes G-Class by almost five to one during 2018.

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