2020 Mercedes GLS vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover

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Safety

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The GLS’ 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 GLS 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, 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:

Horsepower

GLS 450 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid

362 HP

GLS 580 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid

483 HP

Range Rover P360 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

355 HP

Range Rover P400 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

395 HP

Range Rover P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

Range Rover P525 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 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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

GLS

Range Rover

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 (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’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLS offers optional 23-inch wheels. The Range Rover’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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLS’ wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the Range Rover (123.4 inches vs. 115 inches).

For better maneuverability, the GLS’ turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Range Rover’s (39.4 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The GLS’ 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 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 (.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 standard seating for 7 passengers; the Range Rover can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

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

GLS

Range Rover

Third Seat Folded

42.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

31.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.7 cubic feet

68.6 cubic feet

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

GLS

Range Rover

Third Seat Folded

42.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

31.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.7 cubic feet

75.6 cubic feet

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 GLS the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. 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 GLS has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover 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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 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’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

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The Mercedes GLS outsold the Land Rover Range Rover by 12% during the 2019 model year.

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