Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X5 VS 2016 Land Rover Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW X5

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2016 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.

Both the X5 and the Range Rover have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X5 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Range Rover’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 18th in reliability, above the industry average. With 112 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the X5 s/xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover V6:


Range Rover

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.1 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Td6 (24 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 s/xDrive35i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover with its standard engine (18 city/24 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:

X5 xDrive50i

Range Rover Base

Range Rover HSE/Supercharged/Autobiography

Front Rotors

15.2 inches

13.8 inches

15 inches

The X5 stops much shorter than the Range Rover:


Range Rover

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

126 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 (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R19).

The X5’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 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 xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the Range Rover HSE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive50i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Range Rover HSE (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The X5 is 3.5 inches shorter than the Range Rover, making the X5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The X5 is 5.3 inches narrower than the Range Rover, making the X5 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

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

If the windows are left down on the X5 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 Range Rover can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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.

Recommendations Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Range Rover was rated second in its category.

 The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Range Rover is not ranked.

The BMW X5 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover by almost six to one during the 2015 model year.

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