Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Land Rover Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

The BMW X1 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The LR2 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The X1 offers optional Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The LR2 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The X1 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The LR2 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the X1 and the LR2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the LR2’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the LR2.

There are almost 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the X1 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X1’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The LR2’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 250) than the LR2’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (300 vs. 240) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 250) than the LR2’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 sDrive/xDrive28i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the LR2 (22 city/32 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X1 s/xDrive28i’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The LR2 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X1 xDrive35i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the LR2:

X1 xDrive35i


Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.5 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

12 inches

The X1 stops shorter than the LR2:



60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

129 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LR2’s standard 60 series tires. The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the LR2’s optional 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The LR2 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X1 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The LR2 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the LR2 (108.7 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the LR2 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive35i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the LR2 HSE (26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 29.5 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 550 pounds less than the Land Rover LR2.

The X1 is 7.7 inches shorter in height than the LR2, making the X1 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 1.1 inches more front headroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the LR2.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s rear seats recline. The LR2’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X1’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The LR2 has two small center buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The X1’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The LR2’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the X1 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the LR2 can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Comfort Access optional on the X1 allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Land Rover LR2’s Push Button Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the cargo door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X1 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The LR2 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The X1 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The LR2 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional BMW Apps for the X1 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The LR2 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The X1 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the X1 will retain 48.46% to 49.39% of its original price after five years, while the LR2 only retains 48.31%.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW X1 outsold the Land Rover LR2 by almost six to one during the 2014 model year.

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