2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Audi e-tron

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Safety

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

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the GLE. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the e-tron.

The GLE’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The e-tron doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the GLE and the e-tron have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 26 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the GLE’s 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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The GLE 350’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel is 607.5 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The e-tron’s range is only 204 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only an 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 9 hours.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GLE’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the e-tron (F:275/45R21 & R:315/40R21 vs. 265/45R21).

The GLE’s optional 315/40R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the e-tron Prestige’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The GLE 450 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Audi doesn’t offer an active suspension on the e-tron.

The GLE’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 e-tron doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the e-tron (117.9 inches vs. 115.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GLE is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the e-tron.

Chassis

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The Mercedes GLE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1050 pounds less than the Audi e-tron.

Passenger Space

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The GLE offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the e-tron can only carry 5.

The GLE has .7 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the e-tron.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the GLE’s middle row seats recline. The e-tron’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the e-tron with its rear seat up (33 vs. 28.5 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the e-tron with its rear seat folded (75 vs. 57 cubic feet).

Towing

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The GLE’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the e-tron’s (7700 vs. 0 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 13% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the GLE detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The e-tron doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold winter days, the GLE’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The e-tron doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The GLE offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The e-tron doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The GLE’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The e-tron doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The GLE is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The e-tron doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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