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

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2017 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT

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2017 Mercedes GLS

Safety Comparison

Both the Range Rover Sport and GLS 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 GLS’ 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 GLS doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the GLS 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, 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 GLS’ (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 Supercharged (340 HP) is faster than the GLS450:

 

Range Rover Sport

GLS

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the GLS450 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/22 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport gets better fuel mileage than the GLS:

 

 

Range Rover Sport

GLS

 

 

3.0 Supercharged (340 HP)/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

17 city/22 hwy

450/Auto

 

3.0 Supercharged (380 HP)/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

 

 

5.0 Supercharged (510 HP)/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

18 city/18 hwy

550/Auto

 

5.0 Supercharged (550 HP)/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

AMG 63/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLS 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 GLS GL450/GL63 AMG.

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Range Rover Sport

GLS

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the GLS:

 

Range Rover Sport

GLS

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

186 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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 GLS.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the GLS450 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 GLS350d (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLS (11.3 vs. 10.9 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 700 pounds less than the Mercedes GLS.

The Range Rover Sport is 11 inches shorter than the GLS, 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 GLS (.369 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover Sport get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Range Rover Sport HSE is quieter than the GLS450 (70 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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 GLS.

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 GLS 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 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 GLS 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 GLS.

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 GLS 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 GLS 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 GLS doesn’t offer air conditioned seats for the second row.

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 GLS 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 GLS because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the GLS, including $488 less for a water pump, $354 less for an alternator, $78 less for front brake pads, $95 less for a starter and $1095 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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 GLS 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 GLS has never been chosen.

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