Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2009 Mercedes Benz G-Class VS 2009 Land Rover Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2009 Mercedes Benz G-Class

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2009 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes G Class have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Land Rover Range Rover doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Mercedes G Class has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The G Class has standard Tele Aid, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the G Class and the Range Rover have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 77 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the G Class’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The G Class has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Range Rover’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 33rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics which show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 186 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 37th.

Engine Comparison

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The G550’s standard 5.5 DOHC V8 produces 77 more horsepower (382 vs. 305) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (391 vs. 325) than the Range Rover’s standard 4.4 DOHC V8. The G55’s standard 5.4 supercharged V8 produces 100 more horsepower (500 vs. 400) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 420) than the Range Rover’s optional 4.2 supercharged V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the G55 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged:

G Class

Range Rover

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.2 MPH

95 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the G Class’ engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Range Rover:

Torque

G550 5.5 DOHC V8

2800 RPM

G55 5.4 supercharged V8

2800 RPM

Range Rover 4.4 DOHC V8

4000 RPM

Range Rover 4.2 supercharged V8

3500 RPM

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The G55’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Range Rover are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the G Class has larger standard tires than the Range Rover (265/60R18 vs. 255/55R19). The G55’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover (275/55R18 vs. 255/55R19).

Chassis Comparison

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The G Class is 11.3 inches shorter than the Range Rover, making the G Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The G Class is 5.2 inches narrower than the Range Rover, making the G Class easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The G Class has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 13.6 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more rear headroom and 6.4 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The G Class has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover with its rear seat up (45.2 vs. 34.5 cubic feet). The G Class has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover with its rear seat folded (79.5 vs. 74.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The G Class’ entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The Range Rover has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Range Rover, the G Class has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The G Class’ standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The G Class’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Range Rover’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the G Class to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Range Rover doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The G Class has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Range Rover has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The G Class’ standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. An air conditioned front seats costs extra on the Range Rover.

The G Class’ standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Range Rover’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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