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 BMW X5 M doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
To help make backing safer, the Range Rover’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X5 M doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Range Rover and the X5 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, 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 around view monitors.
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the X5 M (22 city/29 hwy vs. 14 city/19 hwy).
The Range Rover has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 M (27.7 vs. 22.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X5 M’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.
The Range Rover offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the X5 M, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
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 X5 M 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 X5 M, which uses coil springs in front. 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 X5 M doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the X5 M’s (39.7 feet vs. 42 feet). The Range Rover LWB’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the X5 M’s (41 feet vs. 42 feet).
The Land Rover Range Rover may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 400 pounds less than the BMW X5 M.
The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X5 M doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover’s rear seats recline. The X5 M’s middle row seats don’t recline.
The Range Rover has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X5 M 4dr Sport Utility with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 26.6 cubic feet). The Range Rover has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X5 M 4dr Sport Utility with its rear seat folded (71.7 vs. 59.7 cubic feet).
The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The X5 M doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The X5 M doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The X5 M doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Range Rover has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X5 M doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
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 X5 M doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.
The Range Rover HSE/Supercharged/Autobiography has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The X5 M doesn’t offer air conditioned seats for the second row.
The Range Rover has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the X5 M.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Range Rover offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X5 M doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Land Rover Range Rover won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The BMW X5 M didn't win any award.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover second among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The X5 M isn’t in the top three.