Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT VS 2017 BMW X5 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT

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2017 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X5 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Sport and X5 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X5’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Sport. But it costs extra on the X5.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Sport’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 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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

Engine Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the X5:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8

510 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

X5 s/xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

X5 xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

445 HP

480 lbs.-ft.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 413) than the X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 Supercharged (340 HP) is faster than the X5 s/xDrive35i:

 

Range Rover Sport

X5

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.8 MPH

93.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 (27.7 vs. 22.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the X5:

 

Range Rover Sport

X5

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the X5:

 

Range Rover Sport

X5

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger 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, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography/SVR 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 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the X5, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the X5.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the X5 xDrive35i xDrive pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the X5 xDrive35i xDrive (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Sport’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the X5’s (40.6 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 3.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (11.3 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Range Rover Sport HSE is quieter than the X5 xDrive35i xDrive (70 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport has 1.8 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The X5 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover Sport’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The X5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Range Rover Sport’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The X5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport 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 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X5, the Range Rover Sport 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.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Range Rover Sport offers optional dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X5 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The X5 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats for the second row.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the X5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the X5, including $417 less for a water pump, $1004 less for an alternator, $56 less for front brake pads, $41 less for fuel injection and $3388 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 907, Strategic Vision rated the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 22 points higher than the BMW X5 for 2015. The Range Rover Sport is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The X5 has never been chosen.

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