2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS VS 2019 Land Rover Range Rover

There’s a class of luxury large SUVs that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the models of both Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the Mercedes-Benz GLS vs Land Rover Range Rover, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the Mercedes-Benz GLS vs Land Rover Range Rover. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Land Rover side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover: Performance

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS offers a choice of three powerful engines, each of which pairs with a smooth-shifting transmission. The GLS 450 comes with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that puts out 362 horsepower. You might think a big SUV needs a V8, but this V6 has plenty of power for most driving situations. You can step up to a V8 by opting for a higher trim. The V6 gets the best fuel economy of the group, but the two available V8s deliver outstanding power and acceleration. No matter which engine you choose, you’ll enjoy a smooth ride and, thanks to the GLS’ standard all-wheel drive, plenty of road grip. It’s poised around turns, and the ride quality – especially in Comfort mode – is terrific.

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover offers an array of engines. With a Land Rover, you probably expect world-class off-road performance, and the Range Rover delivers just that, but it provides a serene ride and good on-road handling as well. The Range Rover comes standard with a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Though many rivals come with V8s, this V6 moves the Range Rover easily and never feels weak in any driving situation. In some large SUVs, you feel like you’re driving a tank, but not with this Land Rover. While it’s no sports car, the Range Rover also feels pretty agile on winding roads.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover: Feature Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz GLS lives up to the Mercedes-Benz reputation for quality. There are three rows of spacious seats, and the interior remains quiet even at highway speeds. Standard features in the GLS include a sunroof, *Bluetooth®, two USB ports, a 115-volt outlet, HD Radio, an 8-inch display screen, andmbrace® Connect, which allows you to lock and unlock your doors, send an address to the navigation system, and start the vehicle from the smartphone app. The COMMAND® infotainment system has intuitive menus, and its touchpad controller is a convenient way to navigate the system. Standard driver assistance features include active brake assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, crosswind assist, a rearview camera, and PRESAFE®. The GLS has the look and feel of a luxury vehicle. The interior looks sleek and inviting, and top-notch materials cover every surface. This is one of the nicest interiors in the class.

The Land Rover Range Rover doesn’t have the interior panache of some competitors, but it doesn’t skimp on luxury. Premium soft-touch materials cover virtually every nook and cranny of the interior. It’s a 2-row SUV that seats five people, most luxury large SUVs have three rows and seat seven or more. Standard features in the Range Rover include tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch touch screens, navigation, a 13-speaker Meridian sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, *Bluetooth®, USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The infotainment system leaves room for improvement. The touch screen lags sometimes, and the interface seems unnecessarily complex. Some common functions lie buried beneath several layers of menus, making them tough to access.

*Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover: Overall Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz GLS’ attractive, well-built interior comes with three rows of roomy, comfortable seats. On the performance side, this Mercedes-Benz also features a powerful group of engines, including a V6 that has better gas mileages estimates than many class rivals. In addition, it boasts composed handling with excellent road grip, and it delivers a comfortable ride. It’s easy to see why this is one of the highest-rated vehicles in the class. If you’re shopping for a luxury large SUV, it belongs on your shopping list.

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover is a comfortable, capable 2-row SUV and a solid contender in this class. Few vehicles can match its off-road prowess, but it brings plenty of other positive traits to the table as well. It’s not perfect, however. Some rivals have superior infotainment systems, and many offer more cargo space. The Range Rover is an appealing choice, but its price tag far exceeds that of most competitors’, meaning that for all its quality, this Land Rover isn’t a great value.

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