2020 Mercedes GLC vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

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Safety

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

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLC are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The GLC has standard NECK-PRO front head restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO front head restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the GLC and the Range Rover Velar have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the GLC its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Velar has not been tested, yet.

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 GLC’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 GLC’s reliability 24 points higher than the Range Rover Velar.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the GLC third among compact premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Velar isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (255 vs. 247) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 269) than the Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mercedes GLC is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

GLC

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.6 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the GLC 300 4MATIC gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Velar P250 (21 city/28 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the GLC’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Velar:

GLC

Range Rover Velar

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

12.8 inches

The GLC stops much shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

GLC

Range Rover Velar

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the GLC 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 Velar doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The GLC’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 Velar doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The GLC 300 4MATIC handles at .83 G’s, while the Range Rover Velar pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GLC 300 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Velar (26.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

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The GLC is 5.6 inches shorter than the Range Rover Velar, making the GLC easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

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

Passenger Space

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The GLC has .5 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Velar.

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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The GLC has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The GLC’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Range Rover Velar, and is not available on all models.

The GLC has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the GLC offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Range Rover Velar 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 GLC has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

The GLC has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The GLC’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 Velar’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Model Availability

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The GLC is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the GLC owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the GLC will cost $1205 less than the Range Rover Velar over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes GLC will be $220 to $8078 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend selected the GLC as their 2017 Sport Utility of the Year. The Range Rover Velar has never been chosen.

The Mercedes GLC outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by over four to one during the 2019 model year.

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