2019 Range Rover vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2018 Land Rover Range Rover SUV

2019 Land Rover Range Rover*

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS*


When Chicagoland drivers want a capable, luxurious SUV, there may seem to be a lot of choices, but if you're weighing the 2019 Range Rover vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS, it's a pretty easy choice. Land Rover has been in the business of fusing off-road and luxury for longer than most people have been driving, and the Range Rover is proof that Mercedes-Benz still has a few things to learn.

Interior Comforts

You came shopping for a luxury SUV, and you had better believe that these vehicles have features like power-adjustable seating, leather upholstery, advanced infotainment systems. But underneath it all, an SUV has to deliver interior space that gives you room to get comfortable -- and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS doesn't.

  • Front Shoulder Room: 60.7 inches in the Range Rover to the Mercedes' 58.5 inches
  • Second-Row Legroom: 40.2 inches in the Range Rover vs 38.5 inches in the GLS
  • Front Legroom: 42.5 inches in the Range Rover compared to 40.3 inches in the GLS
  • Second-Row Shoulder Room: 59.4 inches in the Range Rover vs. 58.3 inches in the GLS

This all comes because the Mercedes-Benz GLS tries to fit three rows of seating in a vehicle that's roughly the same size as the five-passenger Range Rover. You might find some similar features in the Mercedes, but you won't find similar comforts.

4WD vs AWD: What's the Difference?

All-wheel drive manufacturers will often say that there's not much difference between 4WD and AWD, but we beg to differ. If you're trying to make it through a poorly plowed street in a Chicagoland winter, you'll notice a difference. Typically, modern all-wheel drive systems switch on automatically -- and only automatically -- while 4WD gives drivers the choice to send traction to all four wheels until you tell it to stop.

The benefits of 4WD over AWD include:

  • Control: Knowing you have torque on all four wheels before going into a tough situation.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing you can drive nice and easy on a trail yet switch to 4WD if a wheel gets stuck.

While the Mercedes-Benz GLS AWD system is capable, it simply doesn't stand up to standard 4WD.

Test Drive a Range Rover Today

When eyeing two prestigious luxury crossovers, words will only do you so much good. Like comparing the Range Rover to the Evoque, it's best to experience these vehicles before it's time to make a decision. We want to help. Contact Land Rover of Naperville today to learn more about the 2019 Range Rover or to schedule a test drive and feel its spacious cabin for yourself.