Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT VS 2017 Mercedes GLE Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Mercedes GLE

Safety Comparison

Both the Range Rover Sport and GLE 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 GLE’s 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 provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Sport. But it costs extra on the GLE.

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 GLE doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the GLE 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The Range Rover Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLE’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the GLE:




Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8

510 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

GLE350 3.5 DOHC V6

302 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

GLE400 3.0 turbo V6

329 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

GLE550e 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

436 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 53 more horsepower (254 vs. 201) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 369) than the GLE’s 2.1 turbo diesel.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8 is faster than the GLE550e:


Range Rover Sport


Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.9 MPH

100.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the GLE550e running its gasoline engine (22 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/22 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Mercedes only offers a regenerative brake system on the GLE Hybrid.

The Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLE Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.7 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLE’s standard fuel tank (27.7 vs. 24.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Range Rover Sport SE/HSE

Range Rover Sport 3.0 (380HP)/5.0



Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

14.4 inches

12.8 inches

13 inches

The Range Rover Sport’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 GLE350 are solid, not vented.

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the GLE:


Range Rover Sport



60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Range Rover Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLE (275/40R22 vs. 265/45R20).

The Range Rover Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLE’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels. The GLE’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the GLE.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged handles at .86 G’s, while the GLE550e 4MATIC pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4 seconds quicker than the GLE550e 4MATIC (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 3.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (11.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 1.3 inches higher than on the GLE AIRMATIC (11.3 vs. 10 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Range Rover Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the GLE can only carry 5.

The Range Rover Sport has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLE.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 GLE 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

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional 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 GLE 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 GLE only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Sport has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLE doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 GLE doesn’t offer air conditioned seats in the rear.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Sport with a number “3” insurance rate while the GLE is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the GLE because it costs $152 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the GLE, including $519 less for a water pump, $372 less for an alternator, $86 less for front brake pads, $110 less for a starter and $1104 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Range Rover Sport is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The GLE is not ranked.

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

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Mercedes GLE by 796 units during 2015.

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