Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2010 Land Rover RANGE ROVER VS 2009 Mercedes G Near Phoenix, AZ

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2010 Land Rover RANGE ROVER

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2009 Mercedes G

Safety Comparison

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The Range Rover has standard child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The G Class doesn’t offer child safety locks.

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

The Range Rover offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The G Class doesn't offer a collision warning system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The G Class doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Range Rover offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G Class only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Range Rover’s optional blind spot warning system uses rear-aimed sensors monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The G Class doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The G Class uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Range Rover’s gas tank is mounted inside the frame rails in front of the rear axle to optimally protect the fuel tank in a collision. The Mercedes G Class’ gas tank is mounted behind the rear axle, where it is more susceptible to rear collisions.

Both the Range Rover and the G Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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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The Range Rover’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the G Class’ (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Land Rover pays for scheduled maintenance on the Range Rover for 4 years and 50,000 miles. Land Rover will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the G Class.

Engine Comparison

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The Range Rover Supercharged’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 128 more horsepower (510 vs. 382) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 391) than the G550’s standard 5.5 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover gets better fuel mileage than the G550 (12 city/18 hwy vs. 11 city/15 hwy).

The Range Rover has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the G Class (27.6 vs. 25.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Range Rover’s brake rotors are larger than those on the G Class:

Range Rover HSE

Range Rover Supercharged

G550

G55

Front Rotors

14.17 inches

15 inches

12.3 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.94 inches

14.4 inches

10.7 inches

13 inches

The Range Rover’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the G550 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Range Rover’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G550’s standard 60 series tires. The Range Rover’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the G55’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover has standard 19 inch wheels. Only 18 inch wheels are available on the G Class. The Range Rover offers optional 20 inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Mercedes G Class’ solid front axle, which allows the Range Rover’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Range Rover has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mercedes G Class has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Range Rover has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Range Rover flat and controlled during cornering. The G Class’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the G Class, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The G Class’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The G Class doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Range Rover has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the G Class.

The Range Rover has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The G Class doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the G Class (113.4 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover is 6.1 inches wider in the front and 6 inches wider in the rear than on the G Class.

The Range Rover HSE handles at .69 G’s, while the G55 pulls only .65 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover HSE goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 5.3 MPH faster than the G55 (58.4 vs. 53.1 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the G Class’ (39.4 feet vs. 43.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 2.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the G Class (11 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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Unibody construction makes the Range Rover’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The G Class doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

The design of the Land Rover Range Rover amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .39 Cd. That is significantly lower than the G Class (.54). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Range Rover has standard flush composite headlights. The G Class has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Range Rover has 7 inches more front shoulder room and 4.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the G Class.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Range Rover’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The G Class’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Range Rover’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The G Class’ power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

While driving with high-beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Range Rover detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low-beams. The G Class doesn’t offer automatic dimming high-beams.

The G Class’ cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Range Rover’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Range Rover has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The G Class doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Range Rover has standard extendable sun visors. The G Class doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Range Rover’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The G Class’ standard power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Range Rover has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The G Class doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Range Rover offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The G Class doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Range Rover offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The G Class doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Range Rover will cost $619 less than the G Class over a five-year period.

The headlight lenses on the Range Rover are made of plastic to be lighter, more resistant to damage and less expensive to replace than the glass headlight lenses on the G Class.

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