Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT VS 2017 Lincoln Navigator Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT

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2017 Lincoln Navigator

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 Lincoln Navigator 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 Navigator doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Range Rover Sport and Navigator 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 Navigator’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.

The Range Rover Sport has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Navigator doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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 Navigator.

The Range Rover Sport’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Navigator doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Navigator 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.

The Range Rover Sport’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 Navigator doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover Sport 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 Navigator uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Navigator 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Navigator’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 130 more horsepower (510 vs. 380) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 460) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6. The Range Rover Sport SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 170 more horsepower (550 vs. 380) and 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 460) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 Supercharged (340 HP) is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

Range Rover Sport

Navigator

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.5 MPH

90.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Navigator 4WD (22 city/28 hwy vs. 15 city/20 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Navigator 4WD (17 city/23 hwy vs. 15 city/20 hwy).

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

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Range Rover Sport SE/HSE

Range Rover Sport 3.0 (380HP)/5.0

Navigator

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops shorter than the Navigator:

 

Range Rover Sport

Navigator

 

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport’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 Navigator’s optional 45 series tires.

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 Navigator 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 Navigator, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged handles at .86 G’s, while the Navigator 4x4 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Navigator 4x4 (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 3.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Navigator (11.3 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1150 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Range Rover Sport is 1 foot, 4.4 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Range Rover Sport is 8 inches shorter in height than the Navigator, making the Range Rover Sport much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction makes the Range Rover Sport’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 Navigator 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 Sport. The Navigator doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Navigator 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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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Navigator, 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.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Navigator doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Range Rover Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Navigator’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Range Rover Sport the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Navigator 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 Sport has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Navigator doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Range Rover Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Navigator doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Navigator doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

When the Range Rover Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Navigator’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Navigator doesn’t offer air conditioned seats for the second row.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Range Rover Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Navigator doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Range Rover Sport 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 Navigator doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Range Rover Sport’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 Navigator doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Sport with a number “3” insurance rate while the Navigator is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the Navigator, including $151 less for an alternator and $312 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by 89% during the 2016 model year.

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