2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

Both the GLE and the I-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, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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.

Reliability

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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 I-Pace’s range is only 234 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 1 hour and 25 minutes for only a 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 12 hours and 54 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GLE 450’s brake rotors are larger than those on the I-Pace:

GLE 450

I-Pace

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.78 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the I-Pace (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R18). The GLE’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the I-Pace (F:275/45R21 & R:315/40R21 vs. 255/40R22).

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 I-Pace’s standard 65 series tires.

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

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 I-Pace.

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 I-Pace doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GLE is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the I-Pace.

Passenger Space

The GLE has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 5.9 inches more rear legroom and 3.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the I-Pace.

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

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the I-Pace with its rear seat up (33 vs. 25.3 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the I-Pace with its rear seat folded (75 vs. 51 cubic feet).

Towing

The GLE has a 7700 lbs. towing capacity. The I-Pace has no towing capacity.

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.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the GLE has a standard rear wiper. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 I-Pace doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the GLE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The I-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 I-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 I-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Mercedes GLE outsold the Jaguar I-Pace by over 117 to one during 2018.

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