2020 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2019 Mercedes GLS

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Safety

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Both the Range Rover and GLS have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover 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 GLS’ 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’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 GLS doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover and the GLS 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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

Engine

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The Range Rover’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 369) than the GLS 450’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover P525 is faster than the GLS 550 4.7 turbo V8:

Range Rover

GLS

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.3 MPH

97.6 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover P525 is faster than the GLS 450 3.0 turbo V6:

Range Rover

GLS

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.3 MPH

96.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the GLS 450 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8 (557 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLS 63 5.5 twin-turbo V8 (14 city/19 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

The Range Rover P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The GLS must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLS doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Range Rover’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLS (27.6 vs. 26.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Range Rover stops much shorter than the GLS:

Range Rover

GLS

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLS.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography handles at .78 G’s, while the GLS 450 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover P525 HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the GLS 450 (26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLS 63 (11.6 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Land Rover Range Rover may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 400 pounds less than the Mercedes GLS.

The Range Rover is 5.1 inches shorter than the GLS, making the Range Rover easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Land Rover Range Rover amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .34 to .35 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the GLS (.37 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GLS doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is quieter than the GLS 450 (70 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space

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Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the tailgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The GLS doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover has a much larger cargo volume than the GLS with its rear seat up (31.8 vs. 16 cubic feet).

The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The GLS doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The Range Rover’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The GLS’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

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

Towing

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The Range Rover’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the GLS’ (7716 vs. 7500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Range Rover’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the GLS.

The Range Rover 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 GLS doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover has a standard rear speed-sensitive intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLS only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Optional air-conditioned front and rear seats keep the Range Rover’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The GLS doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Range Rover has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the GLS.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover with a number “5” insurance rate while the GLS is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover is less expensive to operate than the GLS because it costs $191 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover than the GLS, including $438 less for a water pump, $328 less for a muffler, $66 less for front brake pads, $28 less for a starter and $1123 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Truck Trend performed a comparison test in its September 2013 issue and the Land Rover Range Rover P525 HSE won out over the Mercedes AMG GLS 63.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover first among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GLS isn’t in the top three.

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