Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Land Rover LR4 VS 2015 Mercedes G-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Land Rover LR4

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2015 Mercedes G-Class

Safety Comparison

The LR4 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 LR4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The G-Class doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury 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 front and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The G-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the LR4 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.

Both the LR4 and the G-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the LR4 gets better fuel mileage than the G550 (15 city/19 hwy vs. 12 city/15 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the LR4’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the G-Class:

LR4

G-Class

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

10.7 inches

The LR4’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.

The LR4 stops much shorter than the G-Class:

LR4

G-Class

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

210 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The LR4’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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LR4 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the G550.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Land Rover LR4’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Mercedes G-Class’ solid front axle, which allows the LR4’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 LR4 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 front and rear suspension of the LR4 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 LR4 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The LR4’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 LR4 has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the G-Class.

The LR4 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 LR4’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the G-Class (113.6 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the LR4 is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than on the G-Class.

The LR4 HSE handles at .66 G’s, while the G550 pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the LR4’s turning circle is 7 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (37.6 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the LR4 has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the G-Class (9.4 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the LR4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

Unibody construction makes the LR4’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 LR4 amounts to more than styling. The LR4 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .4 Cd. That is significantly lower than the G-Class (.54). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the LR4 get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the LR4 has standard flush composite headlights. The G-Class has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space Comparison

The LR4 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the G-Class can only carry 5.

The LR4 has 5.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the G-Class.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

LR4

G-Class

Second Seat Folded

90.3 cubic feet

79.5 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 G-Class’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The LR4’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.

If the windows are left down on the LR4 the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the G-Class can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Push Button Start standard on the LR4 allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (optional Passive Entry will also allow unlocking the doors and cargo door without taking your keys out). The Mercedes G-Class doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the LR4 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 LR4’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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the LR4 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the LR4 will cost $8190 to $9570 less than the G-Class over a five-year period.

The LR4 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the LR4 will retain 49.18% to 53.24% of its original price after five years, while the G-Class only retains 45.57% to 47.38%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Land Rover LR4 will be $62100 to $68505 less than for the Mercedes G-Class.

Recommendations Comparison

The LR4 was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2011 4x4 of the Year. The G-Class has never been chosen.

The Land Rover LR4 outsold the Mercedes G-Class by over two to one during the 2015 model year.

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