Mercedes GLE vs Range Rover Sport

Both the GLE 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, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors. Below is our comparison of the Mercedes GLE vs Range Rover Sport

Mercedes GLE vs Range Rover Sport

The GLE has standard NECK-PRO front head restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO front head restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the GLE the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Sport has not been tested, yet.

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.

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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 41 points higher than the Range Rover Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 68 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 15th in reliability. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLE 43 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport S.C. V6:

 GLERange Rover Sport
Zero to 30 MPH1.9 sec2.1 sec
Zero to 60 MPH5.4 sec5.9 sec
Zero to 100 MPH14.7 sec15.4 sec
Quarter Mile14.1 sec14.5 sec
Speed in 1/4 Mile98 MPH97 MPH

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 Sport 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 Sport.

Brakes and Stopping

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The GLE stops shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

 GLERange Rover Sport 
70 to 0 MPH172 feet179 feetCar and Driver

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (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 Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The GLE’s 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 better maneuverability, the GLE’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The GLE’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The GLE is 3 inches shorter than the Range Rover Sport, making the GLE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The GLE is 5.4 inches narrower than the Range Rover Sport, making the GLE easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the AMG GLE 43 is quieter than the Range Rover Sport HSE:

 GLERange Rover Sport
At idle38 dB45 dB
Full-Throttle76 dB79 dB

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Cargo Capacity

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The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 24.8 cubic feet). The GLE has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Sport with all its rear seats folded (80.3 vs. 55.8 cubic feet).

Towing

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While the Range Rover Sport SVR can only tow 6613, any GLE can tow a minimum of 7200 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 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 56% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer fluid is optional on the GLE to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

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 Sport 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 Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLE is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Sport because it costs $225 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the GLE than the Range Rover Sport, including $70 less for fuel injection, $75 less for a fuel pump and $920 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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An SUV is supposed to do everything, yet the SUV market is full of half-measures and compromises. Even among the big ticket luxury SUVs, models tend to be limited. Some models have the tech features and utility, but drive like a half-track tank. Some models have great driving dynamics but would fall apart off road.

Luckily, one car company knows how to build an SUV that can do it all. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE has been winning the praise of an impressed auto industry since it first debuted in 2016. Once again, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE is among the class leaders in every important category for an SUV. To get a sense of how amazing the Mercedes-Benz GLE is, compare it to the popular Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

Features

The fastest way to go through this list is to mention what the 2018 Mercedes-Benz does not do. The infotainment system is paired to Apple CarPlay or Android Car Play, Bluetooth®** connectivity and all of it is voice activated. The ventilation system keeps particulates and dust out of the cabin. Mercedes-Benz offers an app to remote start the vehicle. Premium sound and available dual screens with multiple inputs offer entertainment to the driver and passengers. Make no mistake about it, the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport also has a number of great features and luxury options, but not to the degree of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Safety

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE has an advanced set of safety software that makes its rivals jealous. The GLE has been reviewed as having the most advanced safety systems on the road. The GLE has the common safety software like adaptive cruise control, rear and cross traffic monitoring and active brake assist. The GLE also comes with a number of advanced safety features that are proprietary to Mercedes-Benz. The GLE will actively adjust to gusts of wind and crosswinds, for example, to maintain a consistent line on the road. The GLE has a heads up display to offer maximum information for the driver to consider. The DISTRONIC® system will help you judge how far you have to park, and the Steering Pilot™ system will finish the job. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers many similar features, but in many cases, the Mercedes-Benz GLE has a suite of safety software that gets the best marks in the class.

Value

When it comes down to it, a luxury SUV is about more than dollars and cents. If you want to get the best SUV on the market, you need to spend the money to get it; that makes sense. The question is whether a big sticker price is justified. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE has received excellent reviews in a number of categories, but two categories stand out when compared to the Land Rover Range Rover Sport The sticker price isn’t the only cost to consider. Land Rover has a well-earned reputation for its unreliable nature. In fact, a recent study showed that Land Rover had the lowest mechanical reliability of any major car manufacturer. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport might be a fantastic way to visit your local dealership or mechanic, but it will not be inexpensive.

The Mercedes GLE outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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