Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 Land Rover RANGE ROVER VS 2018 BMW X5 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2018 Land Rover RANGE ROVER

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2018 BMW X5

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 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the X5 M (22 city/28 hwy vs. 14 city/19 hwy).

The Range Rover’s standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 M (27.4 vs. 22.4 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Range Rover V8 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 1.7 feet tighter than the X5 M’s (40.3 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 M (11.6 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is quieter than the X5 M 4dr Sport Utility:

 

Range Rover

X5 M

At idle

43 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

82 dB

70 MPH Cruising

62 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Range Rover has 9.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X5 M (115 vs. 105.2).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover’s rear seats recline. The X5 M’s rear seats don’t recline.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase offers an optional rear tailgate seat that can be flipped rearward and used for tailgate picnics. (Do not use seat reversed while vehicle in motion.) The X5 M doesn’t offer a rear tailgate seat.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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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.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 in the rear.

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 Range Rover offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X5 M doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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