2020 Mercedes AMG GLC Coupe vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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2020 Mercedes AMG GLC Coupe

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Safety

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Both the AMG GLC Coupe and the Range Rover Sport 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 lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG GLC Coupe’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the AMG GLC Coupe’s reliability 24 points higher than the Range Rover Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 87 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The AMG GLC Coupe has more powerful engines than the Range Rover Sport:

Horsepower

Torque

AMG GLC 43 Coupe 3.0 turbo V6

385 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

AMG GLC 63 Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

469 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

AMG GLC 63 S Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

503 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P360 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid

355 HP

365 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid

395 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid

398 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport 5.0 supercharged V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport:

AMG GLC

Range Rover Sport 5.0

Range Rover Sport SVR

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4.6 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.1 sec

11 sec

10.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.2 sec

4.9 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13.1 sec

12.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119 MPH

109 MPH

111 MPH

Top Speed

174 MPH

133 MPH

144 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG GLC 63 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport SVR (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/20 hwy).

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG GLC Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Range Rover Sport.

The AMG GLC Coupe V8’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG GLC Coupe’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Sport:

AMG GLC 43

AMG GLC 63

AMG GLC 63 S opt.

Range Rover Sport Td6

Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

15.8 inches

13.7 inches

15 inches

The AMG GLC Coupe 63 S offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The AMG GLC Coupe stops much shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

AMG GLC

Range Rover Sport

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the AMG GLC Coupe has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (F:255/45R20 & R:285/40R20 vs. 235/65R19).

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s standard 265/45R20 front and 295/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The AMG GLC Coupe’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover Sport’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG GLC Coupe has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover Sport.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG GLC Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG GLC Coupe’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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The AMG GLC 63 S Coupe handles at .94 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The AMG GLC 63 S Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.5 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Sport HSE (24.1 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the AMG GLC Coupe’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The AMG GLC Coupe’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes AMG GLC Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 850 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe is 5.2 inches shorter than the Range Rover Sport, making the AMG GLC Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The AMG GLC Coupe is 5.6 inches narrower than the Range Rover Sport, making the AMG GLC Coupe easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The AMG GLC Coupe is 8.6 inches shorter in height than the Range Rover Sport, making the AMG GLC Coupe much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is quieter than the Range Rover Sport HSE (40 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space

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The AMG GLC Coupe has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With an 89% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the AMG GLC Coupe to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG GLC Coupe offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG GLC Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG GLC offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The AMG GLC Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The Range Rover Sport’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the AMG GLC Coupe is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Sport because it costs $218 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the AMG GLC Coupe than the Range Rover Sport, including $105 less for fuel injection, $116 less for a fuel pump and $925 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its October 2018 issue and they ranked the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 S Coupe two places higher than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR.

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