For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes G-Class are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover has only front height-adjustable seat belts.
The G-Class has standard mbrace, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the G-Class and the Range Rover have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
The Mercedes G-Class weighs 441 to 772 pounds more than the Land Rover Range Rover. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
There are over 77 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the G-Class’ warranty.
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’ 2012 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 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 28th, below the industry average.
The G550’s standard 5.5 DOHC V8 produces 13 more horsepower (388 vs. 375) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (391 vs. 375) than the Range Rover’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8. The G63’s standard 5.5 turbo V8 produces 34 more horsepower (544 vs. 510) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (560 vs. 461) than the Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the G-Class G63’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Range Rover doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
For better traction, the G-Class has larger standard tires than the Range Rover (265/60R18 vs. 235/65R19).
The G550’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover’s standard 65 series tires.
The G-Class has a standard full size spare so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare costs extra on the Range Rover Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The G-Class is 1 foot, 1.3 inches shorter than the Range Rover, making the G-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The G-Class has 2.9 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more rear headroom than the Range Rover.
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. 32.1 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. 71.7 cubic feet).