2020 Mercedes G-Class vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover

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Safety

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The G-Class’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the G-Class and the Range Rover 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, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

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 G-Class’ warranty.

Reliability

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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 G-Class has more powerful engines than the Range Rover:

Horsepower

Torque

G 550 4.0 turbo V8

416 HP

450 lbs.-ft.

AMG G 63 4.0 turbo V8

577 HP

627 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P360 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid

355 HP

365 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P400 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid

395 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P400e 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid

398 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P525 5.0 supercharged V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

557 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG G 63 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover:

G-Class

Range Rover P525

Range Rover SVAutobiography

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.7 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10 sec

11.1 sec

12.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.1 sec

5.2 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.5 sec

13.1 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

110 MPH

108 MPH

104 MPH

Top Speed

149 MPH

136 MPH

136 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the G-Class’ fuel efficiency. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The G-Class has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Diesel’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 22.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Mercedes G-Class as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Range Rover is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G-Class’ standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover:

G 550

Range Rover

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.8 inches

The G-Class stops much shorter than the Range Rover:

G-Class

Range Rover

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the G-Class has larger standard tires than the Range Rover (275/55R19 vs. 235/65R19). The G-Class’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover (295/40R22 vs. 275/45R21).

The G 550’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover’s standard 65 series tires.

The G-Class has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Range Rover. Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Chassis

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The G 550 is 7.2 inches shorter than the Range Rover, making the G-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The G-Class has a much larger cargo volume than the Range Rover with its rear seat up (38.1 vs. 31.8 cubic feet).

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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If the windows are left open on the G-Class the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Range Rover can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the G-Class has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Range Rover doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes G-Class has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Range Rover doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The G-Class’ Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Range Rover’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Economic Advantages

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The G-Class will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the G-Class will retain 43.42% of its original price after five years, while the Range Rover only retains 38.76% to 43.19%.

Recommendations

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The G-Class was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2019. The Range Rover has never been an “All Star.”

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