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2021 Land Rover Defender vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Review

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2021 Land Rover
Defender

MSRP*: $46,100 to $83,000
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2021 Mercedes-Benz
GLS 450

MSRP*: $76,000
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Invoice* $43,334 to $78,020 $71,440
MPG - City 17 - 18 MPG 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 20 - 22 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 7 seats
Cargo Space 58.3 - 78.8 ft3 84.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4, Inline-6 Inline-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 296 - 395 hp 362 hp
Towing Capacity 7,716 - 8,201 lbs 7,700 lbs
Exterior Length 180.4 - 197.6 in 205.0 in
Exterior Width 79.1 in 77.0 in
Leg Room Front 39.0 - 39.1 in
Rear 36.6 - 39.1 in
Front 40.3 in
Rear 41.9 in
Head Room Front 40.6 in
Rear 40.4 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 40.2 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 than in the Land Rover Defender, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Land Rover Defender and the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Convenience
The Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Land Rover Defender, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Land Rover Defender will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Land Rover Defender is much higher than that for the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Dimensions
Since the Land Rover Defender is much wider than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Land Rover Defender, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Handling
The Land Rover Defender has a smaller turning radius than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
With the Land Rover Defender, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450. The Land Rover Defender has a little more horsepower than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Land Rover Defender transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Utility
The Land Rover Defender has less seating than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, making the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Land Rover Defender has significantly less cargo capacity than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Warranty
The Land Rover Defender comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.