Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover RANGE ROVER VS 2017 Mercedes G-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Land Rover RANGE ROVER

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2017 Mercedes G-Class

Safety Comparison

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Both the Range Rover and G-Class have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover 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 G-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.

The Range Rover has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The G-Class doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The G-Class doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Range Rover’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The G-Class doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Range Rover 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 Range Rover’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.

The Range Rover’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The G-Class doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover 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 Range Rover and the G-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover third among large premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The G-Class isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Car and Driver the Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged (510 HP) is faster than the G65 V12:

 

Range Rover

G-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.1 sec

12.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.2 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the G550 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 13 city/14 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover 3.0 Supercharged gets better fuel mileage than the G550 (17 city/23 hwy vs. 13 city/14 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover SVAutobiography gets better fuel mileage than the G63 (14 city/19 hwy vs. 12 city/14 hwy). The Range Rover SVAutobiography gets better fuel mileage than the G65 (14 city/19 hwy vs. 11 city/13 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the Range Rover’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 G-Class G550/G63.

The Range Rover has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the G-Class (27.7 vs. 25.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Range Rover Base/Td6

Range Rover 3.0 (380HP)/5.0

G550

G63/G65

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15 inches

12.4 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

14.4 inches

10.7 inches

13 inches

The Range Rover’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 Range Rover stops much shorter than the G-Class:

 

Range Rover

G-Class

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

210 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Mercedes G-Class’ solid front axle, which allows the Range Rover’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 Range Rover 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 Range Rover has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Range Rover flat and controlled during cornering. The G-Class’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The G-Class doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover 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 Range Rover has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover’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 Range Rover has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the G-Class.

The Range Rover 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.

The Range Rover’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The G-Class doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the G-Class (115 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover is 7.1 inches wider in the front and 6.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the G-Class.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography handles at .78 G’s, while the G65 pulls only .58 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the G550 (26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (40.5 feet vs. 44.6 feet). The Range Rover LWB’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (42.9 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the G63 (11.6 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 1250 pounds less than the Mercedes G-Class.

Unibody construction makes the Range Rover’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.

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

The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The G-Class doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover’s rear seats recline. The G-Class’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The G-Class doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The G-Class doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Range Rover’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.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Range Rover also has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by waving your foot. The G-Class doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Range Rover 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 G-Class doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Range Rover’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.

Passive Keyless Entry standard on the Range Rover allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mercedes G-Class doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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

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

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Range Rover HSE/Supercharged/Autobiography has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The G-Class doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Range Rover HSE/Supercharged/Autobiography has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The G-Class doesn’t offer air conditioned seats in the rear.

The Range Rover has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the G-Class.

The Range Rover has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The G-Class doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Range Rover’s optional Advanced Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G-Class doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Land Rover Range Rover will be $5165 to $27941 less than for the Mercedes G-Class.

Recommendations Comparison

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4-Wheel & Off-Road performed a comparison test in its April 2016 issue and they ranked the Land Rover Range Rover two places higher than the Mercedes G550.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover first among large premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The G-Class isn’t in the top three.

The Land Rover Range Rover outsold the Mercedes G-Class by almost six to one during the 2016 model year.

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