2019 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover

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 Range Rover 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 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the GLE and the Range Rover 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 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.

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.

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 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The GLE stops much shorter than the Range Rover:

 

GLE

Range Rover

 

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Range Rover (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’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The AMG GLE 43 handles at .77 G’s, while the Range Rover Supercharged pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the GLE’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Range Rover’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The GLE’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Range Rover LWB’s (38.7 feet vs. 42.9 feet).

Chassis

The Mercedes GLE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 750 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover.

The GLE is 7.8 inches shorter than the Range Rover, making the GLE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

 

GLE

Range Rover

At idle

38 dB

46 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

67 dB

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 31.8 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover with its rear seat folded (80.3 vs. 68.6 cubic feet).

The GLE’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

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

If the windows are left open on the GLE the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Range Rover can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 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 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 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 because typical repairs cost much less on the GLE than the Range Rover, including $70 less for fuel injection, $75 less for a fuel pump, $26 less for front struts and $830 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

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