Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Land Rover RANGE ROVER VS 2015 Cadillac Escalade Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Land Rover RANGE ROVER

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2015 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Cadillac Escalade doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover. But it costs extra on the Escalade.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Escalade doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Range Rover offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Escalade only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Escalade uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Range Rover and the Escalade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Range Rover have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

Engine Comparison

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The Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 90 more horsepower (510 vs. 420) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 460) than the Escalade’s 6.2 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover 5.0 is faster than the Cadillac Escalade:

Range Rover

Escalade

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.3 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover 3.0 Supercharged gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade 4x4 (17 city/23 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover’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 Escalade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escalade (27.7 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Range Rover’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade:

Range Rover 3.0

Range Rover 5.0

Escalade

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

15 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

The Range Rover stops much shorter than the Escalade:

Range Rover

Escalade

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Range Rover’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escalade’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Range Rover has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Escalade doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Escalade, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Escalade doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Range Rover Supercharged handles at .79 G’s, while the Escalade 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Escalade 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

The Range Rover is 7.1 inches shorter than the Escalade, making the Range Rover easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Range Rover’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Escalade doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Range Rover. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Escalade, the Range Rover has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover’s front and rear power windows all 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 Escalade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

On a hot day the Range Rover’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Escalade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Escalade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Escalade’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Range Rover’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Range Rover HSE/Supercharged/Autobiography has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Escalade doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Range Rover’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Escalade doesn’t offer air conditioned seats for the second row.

The Range Rover’s optional Advanced Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Escalade doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Cadillac Escalade didn't win any award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover first among large premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Escalade isn’t in the top three.

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