2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Range Rover doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the GLE and the Range Rover 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.


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.


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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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




350 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy


350 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

450 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

19 city/24 hwy

Range Rover


3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/21 hwy

SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

14 city/19 hwy

LWB SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

13 city/19 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 is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.


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.

Brakes and Stopping

The GLE stops much shorter than the Range Rover:


Range Rover

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Range Rover (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’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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Range Rover (117.9 inches vs. 115 inches).

The GLE 450 handles at .84 G’s, while the Range Rover Supercharged pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.


The Mercedes GLE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 750 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover.

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 (.34 to .35) 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 Supercharged:


Range Rover

At idle

38 dB

46 dB


70 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

The GLE offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Range Rover can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover with its rear seat up (33 vs. 31.8 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover with its rear seat folded (75 vs. 68.6 cubic feet).

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.


If the windows are left open on the GLE the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Range Rover can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

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


The Mercedes GLE outsold the Land Rover Range Rover by over two to one during 2018.

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