2019 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLE have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 F-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLE are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the GLE and the F-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, 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 F-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GLE’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the GLE’s reliability 35 points higher than the F-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Engine

The GLE has more powerful engines than the F-Pace:

 

Horsepower

Torque

GLE 400 3.0 turbo V6

329 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

AMG GLE 43 3.0 turbo V6

385 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

F-Pace 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

F-Pace 30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

F-Pace S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLE 43 is faster than the F-Pace 30t:

 

GLE

F-Pace

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.7 sec

16.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

7.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The GLE has 8.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Pace Diesel’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The GLE has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Pace’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 21.7 gallons).

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 F-Pace.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GLE’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the F-Pace:

 

GLE

F-Pace

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

The GLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Pace Base’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLE has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the F-Pace Base.

Suspension and Handling

The GLE offers 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 F-Pace doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The GLE has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

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 F-Pace doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the F-Pace (114.8 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For greater off-road capability the GLE has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the F-Pace SVR (8 vs. 5.9 inches), allowing the GLE to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The GLE AIRMATIC’s minimum ground clearance is 3.7 inches higher than on the F-Pace (10 vs. 6.3 inches).

Chassis

The GLE is 5.3 inches narrower than the F-Pace, making the GLE easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the AMG GLE 43 is quieter than the F-Pace S:

 

GLE

F-Pace

At idle

38 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The GLE has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the F-Pace (103 vs. 96).

The GLE has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the F-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the F-Pace with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 33.5 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the F-Pace with its rear seat folded (80.3 vs. 63.5 cubic feet).

Towing

The GLE’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-Pace’s (7200 vs. 5290 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 27% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 15th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the F-Pace (except Base), the GLE offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLE has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 F-Pace doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its optional heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the GLE has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The F-Pace doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the GLE has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 F-Pace doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Mercedes GLE outsold the Jaguar F-Pace by over three to one during the 2018 model year.

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