The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV is an iconic G Wagon complete with a signature box-like aesthetic and unmistakable Mercedes logo. The Range Rover SUV is an equally impressive British cousin that never fails to turn heads. So, which luxury large SUV will you choose?
Luckily, you’ve got the Land Rover Albuquerque team here to help you out. We created this 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class vs. 2020 Range Rover comparison for our friends in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley.
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G-CLASS VS RANGE ROVER DESIGN
While the Mercedes-Benz G-Class does represent signature box-like aesthetic perfection to some, it may come off as too cubic to others. The fact of the matter is that this SUV looks like a perfect square, and it may not fit the taste of every driver.
On the other hand, you’ve got the sleek and stylish Range Rover. From its subtle roofline to a wrap-around waistline, this is a vehicle that was designed by those who are stylistically in the know. Plus, premium LED headlights and lower accent graphics don’t hurt its exterior presence, either.
The Range Rover interior is just as impressive as its exterior. Between a cabin environment that was built with passengers in mind and ambient lighting that can be set to one of 10 colors, nobody will want to get out of the car!
Meanwhile, the G-Class interior has been completely redesigned. Every detail in the cabin has been handcrafted with the utmost care, with only top-quality materials being used throughout. However, its layout may not work as well for passengers as it could in the Land Rover model.
MERCEDES VS LAND ROVER PASSENGER ROOM
Everyone on board may be more comfortable inside the Range Rover. It easily seats five people among two rows with lots of room to stretch out.
Up front, you get 39.5 inches of headroom and 39.1 inches of legroom. Then, in the back, you have 39.4 inches of headroom and 39.3 inches of legroom in the standard wheelbase model. However, if you opt for the long wheelbase, you’ll get 39 inches of headroom and 46.8 inches of legroom in the back.
The seats themselves are high and well-padded, providing fine support and comfort for even your longest commutes.
The G-Class also has plenty of room for five people. While the seats are comfortable and supportive, many people feel that they don’t quite live up to the standards of other luxury large SUVs, such as the Range Rover. As a result, you may not feel as relaxed in the Mercedes-Benz as you would in the Land Rover.
G-CLASS VS RANGE ROVER CARGO SPACE
You’ll also find better cargo options inside the Land Rover Range Rover. When the second row is folded down flat, you’ll have 68.6 cubic feet to work with. Opt for the long wheelbase model, and that space expands to 75.6 cubic feet. So, if you need to pack shopping bags, luggage, or other items into the Range Rover, you’ll have plenty of room to do so.
Additionally, this SUV has an Electronic Air Suspension with a cargo function that’ll lower the vehicle when parked—making loading items easier. There’s also a standard hands-free liftgate that makes it easy to access the cargo area, even when your hands are full.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has lots of cargo room, too. However, the rear seats don’t fold down flat, so the cargo floor is uneven. Plus, there are very few useful storage compartments in the cabin and a hands-free liftgate doesn’t come standard.
G-CLASS VS RANGE ROVER INTERIOR FEATURES
With the Range Rover and G-Class being luxury vehicles, you can expect there to be lots of impressive interior features, and you’d be correct.
They each come with lots of amenities to help keep everyone comfortable, such as:
- Heated/ventilated front seats
- Heated rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
However, the Range Rover also offers ventilated rear seats. This is part of the available Executive Class Comfort package that gives backseat passengers the chance to kick back and relax. They can put their feet up on the footrest and take advantage of the ‘Hot-Stone’ massage function (which is also available for the front seats). Plus, the armrest and footrest can be heated to stay extra cozy on especially chilly nights.
The G-Class offers a massage function, too. However, it’s not available to those sitting in the back. Plus, the vehicle unfortunately doesn’t offer anything as extensive as the Executive Class Comfort package in the Land Rover model.
G-CLASS VS RANGE ROVER PERFORMANCE SPECS
Of course, SUVs are meant for much more than just looking good and feeling good—they’re meant for driving, too. We must admit that the G-Class does offer quite the engine with its Advanced V8 biturbo.
However, it’s the Range Rover that really takes the cake in this department. Check out some of its specs!
- 3.0L V6 engine: Delivers 355 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque.
- Adaptive Dynamics: This system monitors your SUV’s every movement, around 500 times a second. As a result, you’ll have a composed, flat ride, no matter where you go.
- Active Locking Rear Differential: For those crucial off-road experiences, you can look forward to limited wheel slip since this system will send torque to the wheels with maximum grip.
Furthermore, the 2020 Range Rover is quite fuel-efficient, achieving an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG.1 Unfortunately, the 2019 G-Class achieves an EPA-estimated 13 city/17 highway MPG. As a result, you may need to refuel more often in the Mercedes-Benz than you would in the Land Rover.
How much do they cost?
A Range Rover in entry-level Vogue trim will set customers back £81,900, which is cheaper than the Autocar’s estimated on-sale price of the G-Class G350d at £94,000.
Both models can be specced well-above the £100,000 mark for those with money to spend. The most expensive Range Rover on offer at the moment is the long-wheelbase SVAutobiography at £168,570.
Meanwhile, range-topping G63 models fettled by Mercedes’s performance arm AMG undercut the SVAutobiography by £43,265.
What are they like inside?
Though the new Mercedes off-roader’s exterior looks, which hark back to the original G-Class from 1979, are “endearingly retro, Auto Express describes the car’s cabin as “thoroughly contemporary.”
Buyers get the same “vast cross-dash touchscreen infotainment system” as the company’s latest saloon and hatchback models, the magazine notes. This includes a “state-of-the-art sat-nav” and digital dials to control the infotainment system.
The Range Rover is hardly lacking in hi-tech gadgetry either.
Drivers get a three screens in the off-roader, comprising of a sat nav screen above the centre console, a climate control menu below it and a digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, says Top Gear.
There’s plenty of “glam” in the Range Rover, too, as passengers in the rear are treated to reclining chairs, a “gesture-controlled” sun blind and overall “top-quality materials” throughout the cabin, the website says.
What are they like on – and off – the road?
It’s unlikely that those who opt for the G-Class will “use the car to anything like its full terrain-conquering potential”, but Autocar says the SUV’s diesel motor is more than up to the task of the demands of off-road driving.
Mercedes has also worked hard on improving the car’s handling over its predecessor, and the differences are noticeable, the magazine adds. The G-Class is “still very much a car with a high and peripatetic centre of gravity”, while bumps and potholes can also send jolts through to the cabin.
The Range Rover may have the G-Class beat on handling and ride comfort. “The Range Rover has been designed to cope with surfaces that resemble the moon, so even the worst British roads don’t pose much of a problem”, says WhatCar?.
Air suspension is standard across the Range Rover lineup, providing a “mix of supple ride and body control” that surprises even the most luxurious saloon car, adds the reviews site.
MERCEDES-BENZ G-CLASS VS 2020 RANGE ROVER: THE VERDICT
When it comes to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class vs. 2020 Range Rover, the Land Rover model’s design, features, and performance specs make it a great option for drivers like you around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley.