2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs. 2019 Mercedes GLE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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Safety

Both the Range Rover Evoque and GLE have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Evoque 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.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Range Rover Evoque’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLE’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Evoque

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

R- Dynamic 2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

GLE

AWD

3.0 Turbo 6 cyl.

17 city/23 hwy

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Mercedes only offers a regenerative brake system on the GLE Hybrid.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the GLE’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (8.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 900 pounds less than the Mercedes GLE.

The Range Rover Evoque is 1 foot, 5 inches shorter than the GLE, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover Evoque has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 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 Range Rover Evoque get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Range Rover Evoque is 1.3 inches lower than the GLE (18.7” vs. 20”). The Range Rover Evoque’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the GLE’s (18.5” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Range Rover Evoque easier. The Range Rover Evoque’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.7 inches, while the GLE’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Evoque’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, 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 Range Rover Evoque offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLE doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Evoque owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Evoque with a number “3” insurance rate while the GLE is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the GLE because it costs $200 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the GLE, including $577 less for a water pump, $154 less for a muffler, $44 less for front brake pads, $97 less for a starter, $64 less for fuel injection and $849 less for a power steering pump.

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