2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XC60 and AMG GLE 43 Coupe have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XC60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the XC60’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XC60 and the AMG GLE 43 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Engine

The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 15 more horsepower (400 vs. 385) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (59 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 17 city/22 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (25 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/22 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 gets better fuel mileage than the GLE Coupe:

 

 

 

MPG

XC60

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

 

 

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

GLE Coupe

 

AWD

AMG 43 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/22 hwy

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo XC60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe (3). This means the XC60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe every 15,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (8.5 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1050 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

The XC60 is 8 inches shorter than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Volvo XC60 amounts to more than styling. The XC60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XC60 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The XC60 has 1.2 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 23 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XC60’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The XC60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear wiper. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Model Availability

The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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