Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X5 VS 2015 Land Rover Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X5

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2015 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

The X5 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X5’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The X5 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 Range Rover 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 X5 and the Range Rover have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The X5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 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 Range Rover.

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 X5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 461) than the Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 332) than the Range Rover’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the X5 xDrive50i is faster than the Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged V8:


Range Rover

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

13.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover 3.0 (24 city/31 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover 3.0 (18 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X5 xDrive50i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged:

X5 xDrive50i

Range Rover 5.0

Front Rotors

15.2 inches

15 inches

The X5 stops shorter than the Range Rover:


Range Rover

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X5 has larger standard tires than the Range Rover (255/55R18 vs. 235/65R19).

The X5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover’s standard 65 series tires. The X5’s optional 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Range Rover doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X5 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Land Rover doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Range Rover.

The X5 xDrive35d handles at .82 G’s, while the Range Rover Supercharged pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive50i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Range Rover Supercharged (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW X5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover.

The X5 is 3.6 inches shorter than the Range Rover, making the X5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW X5 amounts to more than styling. The X5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover (.35 to .36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Range Rover can only carry 5.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Range Rover doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the X5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X5 will cost $2505 to $4735 less than the Range Rover over a five-year period.

The X5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the X5 will retain 49.67% to 53.21% of its original price after five years, while the Range Rover only retains 45.19% to 47.29%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X5 will be $28513 to $29524 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW X5 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover by over three to one during the 2014 model year.

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