Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Land Rover LR4 VS 2012 Mercedes GL-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Land Rover LR4

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2012 Mercedes GL-Class

Safety Comparison

The LR4 HSE offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GL-Class only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the LR4 and the GL-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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

The LR4’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the GL-Class’ (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Land Rover pays for scheduled maintenance on the LR4 for 1 year and 15000 miles. Land Rover will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GL-Class.

Engine Comparison

The LR4’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 40 more horsepower (375 vs. 335) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (375 vs. 339) than the GL450’s standard 4.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Land Rover LR4 is faster than the GL450:

LR4

GL-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.4 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

90 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The LR4 stops much shorter than the GL-Class:

LR4

GL-Class

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The LR4 offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the GL-Class, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The LR4 HSE handles at .74 G’s, while the GL450 pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The LR4 HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the GL450 (28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the LR4’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the GL-Class’ (37.6 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The LR4 is 10.5 inches shorter than the GL-Class, making the LR4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the LR4 HSE is quieter than the GL450:

LR4

GL-Class

At idle

37 dB

45 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The LR4 has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.9 inches more third row headroom and 2.1 inches more third row legroom than the GL-Class.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The LR4’s cargo area provides more volume than the GL-Class.

LR4

GL-Class

Third Seat Folded

42.1 cubic feet

43.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

44.5 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

90.3 cubic feet

83.3 cubic feet

The LR4’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The GL-Class’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The LR4’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GL-Class doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the LR4 HSE detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GL-Class doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the LR4 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the LR4 will cost $694 less than the GL-Class over a five-year period.

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