2020 Mercedes GLS vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Safety

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Both the GLS 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

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 GLS’ warranty.

Reliability

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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

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The GLS has more powerful engines than the Range Rover Sport:

Horsepower

GLS 450 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid

362 HP

GLS 580 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid

483 HP

Range Rover Sport P360 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

355 HP

Range Rover Sport P400 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

395 HP

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

Range Rover Sport 5.0 supercharged V8

518 HP

Fuel Economy and Range

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The GLS has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 22.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes GLS, 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

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For better stopping power the GLS’ standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Sport:

GLS

Range Rover Sport

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

The GLS’ 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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLS offers optional 23-inch wheels. The Range Rover Sport’s largest wheels are only 22-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The GLS 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 GLS’ 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 GLS’ wheelbase is 8.3 inches longer than on the Range Rover Sport (123.4 inches vs. 115.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the GLS’ turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (39.4 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The GLS’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (39.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the GLS Off-Road Package has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Range Rover Sport (11.3 vs. 10.9 inches), allowing the GLS to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The design of the Mercedes GLS amounts to more than styling. The GLS has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover Sport (.34 to .35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the GLS get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The GLS has .7 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 4.9 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the GLS’ middle and third row seats recline. The Range Rover Sport’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The GLS’ cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Sport.

GLS

Range Rover Sport

Behind Third Seat

17.4 cubic feet

7.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

42.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

27.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.7 cubic feet

59.5 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the GLS’ second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Towing

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While the Range Rover Sport P400e can only tow 5511, any GLS can tow a minimum of 7700 pounds.

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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To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the GLS has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights. The GLS also has standard 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 GLS has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the GLS to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The GLS has standard heated front and optional heated second and third row seats, which keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Land Rover doesn’t offer heated seats in the third row of the Range Rover Sport.

Both the GLS and the Range Rover Sport offer available massaging front seats. The GLS also offers optional massaging second row seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging second row seats aren’t available in the Range Rover Sport.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes GLS has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console and for the rear passengers. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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

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