2019 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The GLE has standard NECK-PRO front head restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO front head restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Mercedes GLE has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the GLE and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, 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 Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 68 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, 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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The GLE 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 92 more horsepower (329 vs. 237) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 251) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The GLE 400’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 43 more horsepower (329 vs. 286) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 295) than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The AMG GLE 43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 99 more horsepower (385 vs. 286) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 295) than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLE 43 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (Base engine):

 

GLE

Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.7 sec

23.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

9.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The GLE has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (24.6 vs. 18.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GLE’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

 

GLE

AMG GLE 43

Evoque

Evoque 286 HP

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

14.8 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

12.5 inches

12.5 inches

The GLE’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Range Rover Evoque are solid, not vented.

The GLE stops shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

 

GLE

Evoque

 

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

176 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Evoque (255/50R19 vs. 235/55R19). The GLE’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (265/45R20 vs. 245/45R20).

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 Range Rover Evoque’s standard 60 series tires. The AMG GLE 43’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLE has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover Evoque. The AMG GLE 43’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Range Rover Evoque.

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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 10.1 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (114.8 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the GLE is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Range Rover Evoque.

The GLE’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.6% to 47.4%) than the Range Rover Evoque’s (58% to 42%). This gives the GLE more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the GLE AIRMATIC has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Range Rover Evoque (10 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the GLE to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the GLE’s rear seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 20.3 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat folded (80.3 vs. 51 cubic feet).

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

 

GLE

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

39.5”/68”

31.3”/62.2”

Max Width

49”

43.5”

Min Width

40.5”

39.2”

Height

35.5”

34.3”

Towing

The GLE’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Evoque’s (7200 vs. 3306 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the GLE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Range Rover Evoque. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 56% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The GLE’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 Range Rover Evoque.

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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its optional heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the GLE has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLE is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost much less on the GLE than the Range Rover Evoque, including $132 less for a fuel pump, $139 less for front struts and $244 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Mercedes GLE outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost six to one during the 2018 model year.

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