2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover

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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 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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

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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

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the GLE’s reliability 20 points higher than the Range Rover.

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

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On the EPA test cycle the GLE 350 4MATIC gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover P525 5.0 supercharged V8 (518 HP) (19 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

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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.

Transmission

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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

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The GLE stops much shorter than the Range Rover:

GLE

Range Rover

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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

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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. 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 P525 HSE pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the GLE’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Range Rover’s (39.4 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The GLE’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Range Rover LWB’s (39.4 feet vs. 42.9 feet).

Chassis

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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 P525 HSE:

GLE

Range Rover

At idle

38 dB

46 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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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).

The GLE’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Servicing Ease

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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

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

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the GLE offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover doesn’t offer cornering lights. The GLE also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the GLE has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes GLE offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Range Rover doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The GLE’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Range Rover’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Model Availability

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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.

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The Mercedes GLE outsold the Land Rover Range Rover by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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