2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2019 Mercedes GLE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XC60 and GLE 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 GLE’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 GLE 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 GLE doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XC60 and the GLE 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLE’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 GLE.

Engine

The XC60 T8’s 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’s optional 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 GLE 400 (59 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the GLE 400 (25 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

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

 

 

 

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

 

AWD

400 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

AMG 43 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

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

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 GLE doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The XC60 stops much shorter than the GLE:

 

XC60

GLE

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The XC60 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .87 G’s, while the AMG GLE 43 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.2 seconds quicker than the GLE (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

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

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (8.5 vs. 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 850 to 900 pounds less than the Mercedes GLE.

The XC60 is 4.5 inches shorter than the GLE, 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 GLE (.37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XC60 get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the GLE’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLE 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 GLE 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 GLE doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLE only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLE doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the GLE because it costs $144 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the GLE, including $101 less for a water pump, $364 less for a muffler, $43 less for front brake pads, $69 less for a starter, $121 less for fuel injection, $191 less for front struts, $20 less for a timing belt/chain and $724 less for a power steering pump.

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