Distance between two sides of a car influences on the amount of space for passengers and also stability on road. The Land Rover is widther only by 1 % in comparison to the Mercury Mountaineer I and is not really important. The medium for the „large SUV” segment amounts to around 1,866 mm and is by 72 millimeters bigger than the same feature of the Land Rover Defender I 110.
Ground clearance is the minimum distance between the car body and the ground. As far as the two compared vehicles are concerned, it is the Land Rover Defender I that has 36 millimeters higher ground clearance than the Mercury Mountaineer I. This is why the Land Rover Defender I 110 2.3 75HP will deal better with dirt roads and obstacles in the city. However, the higher ground clearance equals a higher center of gravity, which can adversely affect the handling of the car.
The higher a car is, the better is the comfort of boarding it and greater capacity of loading big amount of stuff to it. The difference between these two cars that amounts to 233 millimeters to the advantage of the Land Rover Defender I 110 2.3 75HP is little and does not matter much.