2019 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Bentley Bentayga

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The GLE’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Bentayga doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The GLE’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The GLE has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the GLE and the Bentayga have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the GLE the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Bentayga has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The GLE comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Bentayga’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The GLE’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Bentayga’s (5 vs. 3 years).

There are over 8 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Bentley dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GLE’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the GLE gets better fuel mileage than the Bentayga:

 

 

 

MPG

GLE

 

AWD

400 3.0 twin turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

450 3.0 twin turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

Bentayga

 

AWD

V8

14 city/23 hwy

 

 

W12

14 city/20 hwy

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

The GLE has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Bentayga (24.6 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Mercedes GLE as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Bentley Bentayga is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes GLE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Bentayga.

Brakes and Stopping

The GLE stops much shorter than the Bentayga:

 

GLE

Bentayga

 

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The GLE’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 Bentayga doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The GLE’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.6% to 47.4%) than the Bentayga’s (57.5% to 42.5%). This gives the GLE more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the GLE’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Bentayga’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the GLE AIRMATIC has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Bentayga (10 vs. 9.7 inches), allowing the GLE to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Mercedes GLE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Bentley Bentayga.

The GLE is 1 foot, 1.3 inches shorter than the Bentayga, making the GLE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the AMG GLE 43 is quieter than the Bentayga (38 vs. 44 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Bentayga 5/4-Passenger with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 17.1 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Bentayga with all its rear seats folded (80.3 vs. 62.6 cubic feet).

The GLE’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Bentayga w/Four Seat Comfort Specification doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer fluid is optional on the GLE to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Bentayga doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

The GLE offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Mercedes GLE outsold the Bentley Bentayga by almost 46 to one during the 2018 model year.

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