2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the GLE and the Range Rover Sport 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, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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 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 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

As tested in Car and Driver the GLE 450 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport supercharged V6:

GLE

Range Rover Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.9 sec

15.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

6.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the GLE gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport:

MPG

GLE

RWD

350 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

350 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

450 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

19 city/24 hwy

Range Rover Sport

AWD

3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

5.0 supercharged V8

17 city/22 hwy

SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

15 city/20 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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

Transmission

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 Range Rover Sport.

Brakes and Stopping

The GLE stops shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

GLE

Range Rover Sport

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R19).

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 Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

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. Land Rover doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Range Rover Sport.

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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Range Rover Sport (117.9 inches vs. 115.1 inches).

The GLE 450 handles at .84 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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 Range Rover Sport (.37) 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 Range Rover Sport HSE:

GLE

Range Rover Sport

At idle

38 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

64 dB

Passenger Space

The GLE has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and 4 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Sport with all its rear seats folded (75 vs. 55.8 cubic feet).

Towing

While the Range Rover Sport SVR can only tow 6613, any GLE can tow a minimum of 7700 pounds.

Servicing Ease

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

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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

The Mercedes GLE outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by 89% during 2018.

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