2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLE have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

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 F-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the GLE and the F-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.


There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GLE’s warranty.


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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.


As tested in Car and Driver the GLE 450 is faster than the F-Pace 30t:



Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.9 sec

16.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

7.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.2 sec

3.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

95 MPH


A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes GLE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the F-Pace.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GLE’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the F-Pace:



Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the F-Pace (F:275/45R21 & R:315/40R21 vs. F:265/45R21 & R:295/40R21).

The GLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Pace Base’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLE has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the F-Pace Base.

Suspension and Handling

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

The GLE has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GLE’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

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 F-Pace doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the F-Pace (117.9 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GLE is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the F-Pace.


The design of the Mercedes GLE amounts to more than styling. The GLE has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the F-Pace (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the GLE get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the GLE 450 is quieter than the F-Pace S:



At idle

38 dB

40 dB


70 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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

The GLE has 2.7 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the F-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the F-Pace with its rear seat folded (75 vs. 63.5 cubic feet).


The GLE’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-Pace’s (7700 vs. 5290 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 45% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the F-Pace (except Base), the GLE offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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 F-Pace doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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


The Mercedes GLE outsold the Jaguar F-Pace by over three to one during 2018.

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