2019 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2019 Mercedes GLE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Range Rover and GLE have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover 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’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 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’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLE’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

The Range Rover has more powerful engines than the GLE:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover HSE 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

557 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.

The Range Rover’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 354) than the GLE 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Range Rover’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE 43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged is faster than the AMG GLE 43:

 

Range Rover

GLE

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.1 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.2 sec

6.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

3.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.4 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

98 MPH

Top Speed

136 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Range Rover 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’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’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLE (27.3 vs. 24.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Range Rover 380HP/5.0

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 stops shorter than the GLE:

 

Range Rover

GLE

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLE (275/45R21 vs. 265/45R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover 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 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover’s wheelbase is .2 inches longer than on the GLE (115 inches vs. 114.8 inches). The Range Rover LWB’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the GLE (122.8 feet vs. 114.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover is 1.5 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLE.

The Range Rover’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.9% to 51.1%) than the GLE’s (52.6% to 47.4%). This gives the Range Rover more stable handling and braking.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography handles at .78 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 Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.1 seconds quicker than the GLE (26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (11.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover’s minimum ground clearance is 1.6 inches higher than on the GLE AIRMATIC (11.6 vs. 10 inches).

Chassis

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 GLE doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is quieter than the AMG GLE 43:

 

Range Rover

GLE

Full-Throttle

70 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

62 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

The Range Rover has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLE (115 vs. 103).

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the tailgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The GLE doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

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

 

Range Rover

Range Rover LWB

GLE

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.8”/78”

43.3”/81.6”

39.5”/68”

Max Width

50.8”

50.8”

49”

Min Width

44”

44”

40.5”

Height

36.9”

36.9”

35.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The GLE doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover’s tailgate 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’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the GLE’s (7716 vs. 7200 pounds).

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

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 GLE doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover with a number “7” insurance rate while the GLE is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover is less expensive to operate than the GLE because it costs $216 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover 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 and $1078 less for a power steering pump.

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