2019 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash
Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 0Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 1Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 2Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 3Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 4Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 5Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 6Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 7Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 8Land Rover Range Rover Sport image 9

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Available Now!

Safety

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 Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the GLE and the Range Rover Sport 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 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 Sport 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

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 41 points higher than the Range Rover Sport.

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

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLE 43 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport S.C. V6:

 

GLE

Range Rover Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.7 sec

15.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

97 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Mercedes GLE as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport.

Brakes and Stopping

The GLE stops shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

 

GLE

Range Rover Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R19).

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 Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the GLE’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The GLE’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The GLE is 3 inches shorter than the Range Rover Sport, making the GLE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The GLE is 5.4 inches narrower than the Range Rover Sport, 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 Range Rover Sport HSE:

 

GLE

Range Rover Sport

At idle

38 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

79 dB

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 24.8 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Sport with all its rear seats folded (80.3 vs. 55.8 cubic feet).

Towing

While the Range Rover Sport SVR can only tow 6613, any GLE can tow a minimum of 7200 pounds.

Servicing Ease

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

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 Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the GLE offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights. The GLE also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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 Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLE is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Sport because it costs $225 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the GLE than the Range Rover Sport, including $70 less for fuel injection, $75 less for a fuel pump and $920 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Mercedes GLE outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos