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Old 17th April 2017, 14:23   #1
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Need help in deciding which one to buy. Am based out of Bangalore.
The Range rover discovery sport HSE is priced at 70 lakhs and the Mercedes 250GLE is 74 lakhs.

Whats important for me is :
Comfort of driving
Car should be newer and not an outgoing version
70% city use and 30% highway and outstation
Self driven car so drive comfort is very important.
Brand image matters at this price so how do i decide which one go to with?
Rear seat comfort
Resale is important. plan to keep this for 7 years

Am confused hence reaching out for advice

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I think the Merc would be the best bet among these two. The brand image and recognition of Mercedes is definitely better than RR in India and your comfort requirements will be well taken care of with the GLE.

PS : Why don't you look at the Volvo stable ?
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Well i had a similar dilemma a couple of months back and i settled on the GLE 250 d. You may like to read the review here (Ownership Review: Mercedes-Benz GLE 250D 4MATIC); before deciding. There are a couple of other threads which discuss the relative merits of Rs 60+lacs SUVs, links of which are found in the above thread.

Incidentally, i was once ( 6 months back) also looking at the Discovery HSE, but friends here at T-BHP pointed out the negatives, and big negatives they are. See thread titled "Which SUV should i buy..."

Prices of Discovery have fallen of late. Check again. GLE is a good car but the 250 does not have very luxurious interiors or gizmos. The GLC would have better.

PS: Incidentally, i would not recommend both the Discovery and the GLE for predominant (70%)city usage!

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I was in the market two weeks ago although with a lower budget that I would have been willing to stretch for the right product
While I did not drive the Disco, I TDed the Evoque extensively and to be honest, the significantly lower priced X1 xdrive felt a lot better in terms of space and driveability ..

The evoque (and consequently Discovery ) in my view has very poor ergonomics compared to the Germans
Big downers were a rotary gear selector (seriously?) and touchscreen only controls (which made it feel like a very posh XUV)


The GLC was good but seemed overpriced (63 OTR in Pune) for what it is worth + it is hard to put a pulse on it but the driving experience seemed subdued compared to my outgoing car (e84 X1)

I quite liked the Q5 which incidentally had some really nice discounts
The adaptive dampers were a big draw but then its an ageing platform - Do take a look at the Q5 nonetheless

Eventually ended up selecting the GT because it appeared to be the best VFM (+ I am partial towards Bimmers)

If you have to choose between these two though, I would take the GLE
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I don't think either of these cars will have the best resale value. The GLE is due an update in a year or so. We should get the all new GLE maybe 2019 and the discovery was launched in 2014. Most cars have a time frame of 7 to 10 years so it's fair to say if you do plan to buy any of these cars, resale after 7 years would be minimal at best. Also I've been of the opinion that spending 70 lakhs on a machine with a 2 litre engine isn't the wisest of decisions. You can get X1, Q3, Q5, GLC and lots 2 litre pot for considerably less. I don't think the GLE is a 7 seater, but I think the discovery does have 2 extra seats. The practicality is low but useable nonetheless. If you want to buy a 2 litre engine then better if you go for the X1 or Q3. The smaller SUVs are easier to drive cause well they are smaller and you did say its primarily a city car.

But if I was in your shoes I'd go for the GLE 350d, X3 30d, X5, Q7 and lot. All of these cars have a 3 litre engine. Believe me when I say that every time you drive the car it'll put a smile on your face. A lot of the members in T-BHP have opted for a bigger engine and no one yet is unimpressed by it. I think the X3 3 litre is about 60 lakhs showroom price. The base X5 is around 67 and GLE 350d is 74 maybe? might want to check. XC90 and Q7 are both in between the 70 to 75 lakh range.

So now you should consider whether a 2 litre is enough or you want more juice in this punch.

Cars in preference (2 Litre): Rather spend 40-50 lakhs and save the 10-20 if you want 2 litre
1. BMW X1 ( no rear view camera though)
2. Audi Q3

Cars in preference ( 3 litre):
1. BMW X5
2. Audi Q7/ BMW X3 30d
3. XC90
4. GLE 350d

For 7 years, perhaps it'd be wise to not choose the JLR machines. I prefer being safe than sorry. If budget is locked, then the X3 is the best bet with a 3 litre engine

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The GLE is really old now. It is essentially a rebranded ML. The interior shows the age too. I would recommend the GLC instead or the X1. I havent driven the Disco so I can't comment on that but with the latest price cut it does make for a good proposition. However, I'd say go for what your heart says. At this price the whole VFM discussion counts for zilch IMO. If your heart says GLE then thats what you get!
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Hi All,

Whats important for me is :
Comfort of driving
Car should be newer and not an outgoing version
70% city use and 30% highway and outstation
Self driven car so drive comfort is very important.
Brand image matters at this price so how do i decide which one go to with?
Rear seat comfort
Resale is important. plan to keep this for 7 years

Am confused hence reaching out for advise
"Self driven car..."
For a couple more lakhs than the GLE 250 is the X5 30d, DPE variant. Except for the HUD and M-steering, almost everything else is the same as the top M-Sport variant which we have recently purchased. In fact, we were sold on the X5 by a test drive that we did of the DPE variant. Since it's going to be a self driven car, I would highly recommend you test drive this before coming to a conclusion.

However, if there is some specific reason you don't want the BMW, then between the two options, I feel the GLE 250 would be the better choice. Brand image wise, the GLE is the second biggest and most favourite of Mercedes SUVs and Discovery Sport; well, it's not even a Range Rover for that matter.
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Need help in deciding which one to buy. Am based out of Bangalore.
The Range rover discovery sport HSE is priced at 70 lakhs and the Mercedes 250GLE is 74 lakhs.

Whats important for me is :
Comfort of driving
Car should be newer and not an outgoing version
70% city use and 30% highway and outstation
Self driven car so drive comfort is very important.
Brand image matters at this price so how do i decide which one go to with?
Rear seat comfort
Resale is important. plan to keep this for 7 years


Hello,

I believe you’re comparing incorrect set of cars.

The contemporary of MB GLE is Land Rover Discovery & not Discovery Sport; Discovery is not even launched in India yet and even when it is eventually launched, JLR is going to price it upwards of Rs. 1 Cr so it’s probably not even relevant.

One of my colleague owns a Discovery Sport & I have seen (though not driven) it up close. I have driven the GLE 400 and I’ll take it any day of the week over the Discovery Sport with my eyes closed. Interiors are very well appointed and the ride was fairly sorted. The interiors of the GLE are much more spacious that that of Discovery Sport. Now I must also mention that it was with a 6 cylinder gas engine with 329 bhp on tap (we don’t have the diesel in Canada yet). The ride/handling and interiors should be the same for the 250D and the 400 though.

The diesel Discovery Sport comes with a 2 ltr. diesel engine in two different states of tune at 110 & 132 kW which is less than the one that GLE comes with at 150 kW. As you’ve mentioned that it will be a self-driven car; GLE seems to a better bet.

Please note that the MB-GLE will retain its value much better over the long term as compared to the Discovery Sport and this fact is borne by its abysmal pre owned valuation here in North America. If people are overtly in love with the Discovery Sport in Indian market (which I very much doubt) it’s altogether a different scenario then.

Table I - Discovery Sport Engine specs
Table II - MB-GLE
Table III - Discovery Sport Dimensions

Source: MB India & JLR India website
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The GLE is really old now. It is essentially a rebranded ML. The interior shows the age too. I would recommend the GLC instead or the X1. I havent driven the Disco so I can't comment on that but with the latest price cut it does make for a good proposition. However, I'd say go for what your heart says. At this price the whole VFM discussion counts for zilch IMO. If your heart says GLE then thats what you get!
yes the GLE is really old and shows its age. The GLC seems to be much more fresher in looks and feel

i looked at the GLC today. Price wise, OTR is about 62L and its a new car. So now i have to consider this as a contender as well. Have called for a test drive for this. Its interiors feel very upmarket compared to the GLE. Not sure about the engine performance but will know that once i drive it.

I drove the Discovery sport petrol today... nice engine but too much of a gas guzzler - gives about 4km/ltr on the display. Have called for the HSE diesel engine tomorrow..

Do share thoughts.. very much appreciated and valued!

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yes the GLE is really old and shows its age. The GLC seems to be much more fresher in looks and feel

i looked at the GLC today. Price wise, OTR is about 62L and its a new car. So now i have to consider this as a contender as well. Have called for a test drive for this. Its interiors feel very upmarket compared to the GLE. Not sure about the engine performance but will know that once i drive it.

I drove the Discovery sport petrol today... nice engine but too much of a gas guzzler - gives about 4km/ltr on the display. Have called for the HSE diesel engine tomorrow..

Do share thoughts.. very much appreciated and valued!
If you don't particularly care about RWD or FWD, I'd suggest take a look at the new X1. It ticks most boxes and you will end up saving a cool 20 L
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I don't think either of these cars will have the best resale value. The GLE is due an update in a year or so. We should get the all new GLE maybe 2019 and the discovery was launched in 2014. Most cars have a time frame of 7 to 10 years so its fair to say if you do plan to buy any of these cars, resale after 7 years would be minimal at best. Also I've been of the opinion that spending 70 lakhs on a machine with a 2 litre engine isn't the wisest of decisions. You can get X1, Q3, Q5, GLC and lots 2 litre pot for considerably less. I don't think the GLE is a 7 seater, but i think the discovery does have 2 extra seats. The practicality is low but useable nonetheless. If you wanna buy a 2 litre engine then better if you go for the X1 or Q3. The smaller SUVs are easier to drive cause well they are smaller and you did say its primarily a city car.

But if i was in your shoes id go for the GLE 350d, X3 30d, X5, Q7 and lot. All of these cars have a 3 litre engine. Believe me when i say that every time you drive the car it'll put a smile on your face. Alot of the members in T-BHP have opted for a bigger engine and no one yet is unimpressed by it. I think the X3 3 litre is about 60 lakhs showroom price. The base X5 is around 67 and GLE 350d is 74 maybe? might wanna check. XC90 and Q7 are both in between the 70 to 75 lakh range.

So now you should consider whether a 2 litre is enough or you want more juice in this punch.

Cars in preference (2 Litre): Rather spend 40-50 lakhs and save the 10-20 if you want 2 litre
1. BMW X1 ( no rear view camera though)
2. Audi Q3

Cars in preference ( 3 litre):
1. BMW X5
2. Audi Q7/ BMW X3 30d
3. XC90
4. GLE 350d

For 7 years, perhaps it'd be wise to not choose the JLR machines. I prefer being safe than sorry. If budget is locked, then the X3 is the best bet with a 3 litre engine
have called for the BMW as well to TD. The X3 and X5..thanks for the inputs
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have called for the BMW as well to TD. The X3 and X5..thanks for the inputs
Great going. I am waiting to see your feedback.

IMO GLC is comparable to Disco Sport, in terms of size, performance and many aspects including pricing. While GLC is a soft roader in comparison to DS and focuses on luxury, style, opulance and class. It might get unsettled on very bad surfaces but will be a little better than X3 in that regard. DS has honest abilities of off roading and also being comfortable on any surface, good tech, spacious interiors, especially the back seat. I will not say its a 7 seater, even LR calls it 5+2. I will never take those +2 seats and compromise on the spare tyre size.

X3 has a different identity among SUVs in this class, it is the most enjoyable to drive (30d) even better than X5. But most uncomfortable on bad roads among all. Q5 is a good balance, space is similar to X3 (little cramped in the back seat, you will not feel lack of space but not airy enough), but its the outdated car in next 6 months, best part is crazy discounts (they had offered me the base version on Ex-showroom price=OTR Bangalore!), if you like it buy it, its a good all-rounder but not as tough as DS on very bad roads and also not as spacious. On gravelly roads all will be good, only on rocks or big potholes you will feel the difference.

GLE is comparable to X5, Q7. I don't know how you perceive it, but for me they are very big unyielding, bulky SUVs, very low on driving pleasure and off roading, best for highways and comfort. If you like road biased SUVs that are compact and sporty car like to drive then try the Jag F-Pace, it seems to be really good, and also the Macan. That is if you are OK with smaller engines.
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I know that the requirement is not for off-roading, but still posting this video of the Range Rover Sport from one of the meets with Kolkata Offroaders -



My vote goes for the Range Rover between the Sport and the GLE.
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I know that the requirement is not for off-roading, but still posting this video of the Range Rover Sport from one of the meets with Kolkata Offroaders -



My vote goes for the Range Rover between the Sport and the GLE.
First scene, he is being a bit brutal. Seems to be a bit throttle heavy in the rest of the clip

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I know that the requirement is not for off-roading, but still posting this video of the Range Rover Sport from one of the meets with Kolkata Offroaders -



My vote goes for the Range Rover between the Sport and the GLE.

The title is a little misleading. The comparison is actually between the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Mercedes GLE.

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