2019 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Porsche Cayenne

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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the GLE and the Cayenne have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, 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 Cayenne has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Fuel Economy and Range

The GLE has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cayenne Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The GLE has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Cayenne’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 23.7 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 Cayenne.

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 Cayenne’s standard 55 series front 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the GLE’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Cayenne’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the GLE AIRMATIC has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Cayenne Air Suspension (10 vs. 8.4 inches), allowing the GLE to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The GLE is 4.6 inches shorter than the Cayenne, making the GLE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cayenne with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 27.1 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cayenne with its rear seat folded (80.3 vs. 60.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The GLE has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Cayenne.

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 Cayenne can only operate 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Mercedes GLE outsold the Porsche Cayenne by almost five to one during the 2018 model year.

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