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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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 GLS’ 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.

Engine

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The GLS has more powerful engines than the Range Rover:

Horsepower

GLS 450 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

362 HP

GLS 580 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid

483 HP

Range Rover P360 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid

355 HP

Range Rover P400 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid

395 HP

Range Rover P400e 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid

398 HP

As tested in Car and Driver the GLS 580 is faster than the Range Rover SVAutobiography:

GLS

Range Rover

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.7 sec

12.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.1 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

104 MPH

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

The GLS stops much shorter than the Range Rover:

GLS

Range Rover

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GLS has larger standard 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).

The GLS 580 handles at .90 G’s, while the Range Rover P525 HSE pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The GLS 450 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Range Rover HSE (26.4 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

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

The GLS’ 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 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.

The GLS’ power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Range Rover’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLS is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover because typical repairs cost much less on the GLS than the Range Rover, including $81 less for fuel injection, $80 less for a fuel pump, $7 less for front struts and $845 less for a timing belt/chain.

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The Mercedes GLS outsold the Land Rover Range Rover by 18% during 2019.

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