Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT VS 2016 Mercedes GL-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT

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2016 Mercedes GL-Class

Safety Comparison

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Both the Range Rover Sport and GL-Class have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GL-Class’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Sport’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 GL-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the GL-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 14 more horsepower (254 vs. 240) than the GL-Class’ 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport S.C. V6 is faster than the GL450 V6:

Range Rover Sport

GL-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.5 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the GL350 BlueTEC (22 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport gets better fuel mileage than the GL-Class:

Range Rover Sport

GL-Class

3.0 S.C. V6 (340 HP)/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

17 city/21 hwy

V6

3.0 S.C. V6 (380 HP)/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

5.0 S.C. V8 (550 HP)/Manual

14 city/19 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.5 twin turbo V8

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GL-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the Range Rover Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Mercedes only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the GL-Class GL450/GL63 AMG.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GL-Class (27.7 vs. 26.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the GL-Class:

Range Rover Sport

GL-Class

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels. The GL-Class’ largest wheels are only 21-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GL-Class.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the GL450 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the GL350 BlueTEC (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Mercedes GL-Class.

The Range Rover Sport is 10.6 inches shorter than the GL350 BlueTEC/GL450, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover Sport has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .37 Cd. That is lower than the GL-Class (.369 to .377). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover Sport get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the GL-Class.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The GL-Class doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GL-Class doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the GL-Class.

The Range Rover Sport (except HST) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GL-Class doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Sport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GL-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The GL-Class doesn’t offer air conditioned seats for the second row.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Range Rover Sport will retain 64% of its original price after three years, while the GL-Class only retains 50% to 69%.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both the Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Mercedes GL-Class won four awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 907, Strategic Vision rated the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 32 points higher than the Mercedes GL-Class for 2015. The Range Rover Sport is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The GL-Class has never been chosen.

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