2019 range rover sport vs 2019 bmw x5

Both the X5 and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors. So what are the 2019 range rover sport vs 2019 bmw x5 similarities and differences?

2019 range rover sport vs 2019 bmw x5

The X5 has standard Active Protection, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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 Sport doesn’t offer a night vision system.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 47 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The X5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 for 3 years and 36,000 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 Sport.

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

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X5’s reliability 40 points higher than the Range Rover Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 73 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 99 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the X5 xDrive40i is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged:

X5Range Rover Sport
Zero to 60 MPH4.9 sec5.9 sec
Quarter Mile13.6 sec14.5 sec
Speed in 1/4 Mile101 MPH97 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the X5 xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8 is faster than the Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 supercharged V8:

X5Range Rover Sport
Zero to 60 MPH4.2 sec4.6 sec
Quarter Mile12.7 sec13.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X5 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport:

MPG
X5
xDrive40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.20 city/26 hwy
xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V817 city/22 hwy
Range Rover Sport
3.0 supercharged V617 city/23 hwy
HSE 3.0 supercharged V617 city/23 hwy
5.0 supercharged V817 city/22 hwy
SVR 5.0 supercharged V815 city/20 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the BMW X5 as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

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The X5’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

X5 M SportRange Rover Sport DieselRange Rover Sport Gas
Front Rotors15.6 inches13.7 inches15 inches
Rear Rotors14.6 inches12.8 inches14.4 inches

The X5 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

X5Range Rover Sport
70 to 0 MPH158 feet179 feetCar and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the X5 has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (265/50R19 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 Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Range Rover Sport’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 Sport doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Sport.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X5’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Range Rover Sport (117.1 inches vs. 115.1 inches).

The X5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the Range Rover Sport’s (48.4% to 51.6%). This gives the X5 more stable handling and braking.

The X5 xDrive40i handles at .89 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The front grille of the X5 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The X5 has 1.4 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X5’s available third row seats recline. The Range Rover Sport’s optional third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The X5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (33.9 vs. 24.8 cubic feet). The X5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Sport with all its rear seats folded (72.3 vs. 55.8 cubic feet).

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

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Range Rover Sport’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics

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To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the X5 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport isn’t recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 third among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Range Rover Sport isn’t in the top three.

The BMW X5 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by 85% during 2018.

THINKING OF BUYING A LAND OR RANGE ROVER?

The Land Rover has been with us for over seventy years, a modest, no-nonsense premise that has gradually evolved into an unrecognisable international institution. From its honest origins as a utilitarian all-wheel drive, the Land Rover and Range Rover brand now represent the twin peaks of SUV ownership, be that workmanlike all-road ability, or the height of automotive luxury.

The original Land Rover enjoyed two largely uncontested decades in the market, before customer demand for greater comfort saw the introduction of the Range Rover in 1970. This divergence of brand identity has since seen several generations of Defender and Discovery produced, alongside equally numerous permutations of the original Range Rover and its own recent off shoots. These include the SportEvoque and Velar, all riffs on a central tenant of all-terrain ability allied with varying degrees of exclusivity and comfort.

Today, Land Rover and Range Rover enjoy an enviable if not always wholly accurate reputation for go-anywhere ability, integrity of design and build and enjoy largely unmatched desirability. The recent launch of the new Defender has only served to bolster the brand’s standing, while highlighting the fact that even Land Rover’s most rugged offerings are now being targeted not at the farmers and soldiers who put it on the map, but at a lifestyle clientele for whom appearance is more important than application.

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CURRENT MARKET

Manufacturers are falling over themselves to produce SUVs or every shape and size today, so much so that we’re spoiled for choice. Land Rover has kept abreast of this broadening of the market, however, evolving its flagship Discovery into a more luxurious family car while aiming to meet the demands of the more outdoorsy with the next Defender. It also sells the Discovery Sport, essentially a Freelander Version 3.0, and has enjoyed similar diversification under the Range Rover moniker. Here, the full-size Rangie is supplemented by the Sport, Velar and entry-level Evoque, creating a variety of new price points and applications.

The SUV is in strangely rude health at the moment and nowhere ruder than at Land Rover, but there is increasing pressure on manufacturers to offer more environmentally sound alternatives to large capacity petrol engines and particulate-heavy diesels. The next few years will see growing numbers of towns and cities limiting or banning such powertrains from their centres, or slapping significant levies on those that are driven within them. Land Rover has hybrid drive systems in development, but for the next few years it will be pursuing its current course, one that is at odds with the national zeitgeist.

WHY BUY A LAND/RANGE ROVER?

Both Land Rover and Range Rover offer a compelling package of space, solidity and refinement that makes them hugely attractive to larger families and anyone wishing to drive in supreme comfort and arrive in unrivalled style.

Genuine off-road ability is something that buyers are looking for less and less, but it is there in spades with the Defender, Discovery and even the full-sized Range Rover. These cars offer highly complex switchable all-terrain systems that are more than a match for most planned departures from the asphalt. But what draws most buyers to the Land Rover stable, and keeps them there, is the opportunity to waft about in a quiet, cosseting cabin, sitting in a seat that’s more comfortable than your favourite armchair.

WHAT TO BUY?

There are no turkeys in the Land Rover and Range Rover line-ups and your decision can afford to be fairly subjective, led by budget and personal preference. The first generation Evoque wasn’t up to snuff in terms of interior quality and packaging, but it has recently been replaced with a car that improves on the original concept in every direction.

In terms of older offerings, the final iterations of the last Discovery are sought after for their stately, angular architecture and versatile, hard-wearing interiors, while the original Defender, which only ceased production in 2016, is increasingly collectible.

Looking ahead, the new Defender will be in huge demand when it arrives en masse in 2020. The most desirable model looks likely to be the short wheelbase 90, with its nostalgic styling and proper second row of seats – something that was frustratingly absent from its predecessor.

If you are considering a classic Land Rover, the early Series models are the ones to plump for, while the original three-door Range Rover has also become something of a collector’s item. These cars offer a decent degree of dependability for a genuine classic, and are very useable as second or third car.

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HOW MUCH TO SPEND?

These days a sensibly optioned Range Rover is a six-figure car, although the base price for the company flagship is a little over £83,000. At the other end of the spectrum, an Evoque 2 can be on your drive for as little as £32,295.

Pricing for the new Defender pitches Land Rover’s most anticipated new product somewhere in the middle, with the long wheelbase 110 starting at £45k, while the pared back ‘Commercial’ 90 will still be £35k before VAT.

Residuals are not great on either Land Rover or Range Rover products, built as they are in high numbers and commonly leased, but this means there are some bargains to be had on well-maintained low mileage second hand cars and there’s a strong national network of approved used dealers.

When it comes to the classics, there are some real bargains to be had after almost 70 years of continuous production. Really early Series Land Rovers are starting to be regarded as investment pieces, however, and it is possible to spend £135,000 on a ‘Reborn’ Range Rover from Land Rover Classic.

BUYING ON A BUDGET

There are plenty of tired old Defenders out there that can be snapped up for comparatively little and vastly improved over time without breaking the bank. Neglected early Range Rovers will likely as not be rusty, however, and those sorts of repairs can spiral.

As for new cars, strong diesel engines can go round the clock but overall build quality has been hit-and-miss in Land Rover’s recent past under the control of both the Premiere Automotive Group and Tata. Insist upon a comprehensive service history and shop around.

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FINANCE OPTIONS

There are a number of different finance options to get you behind the wheel of a new or used Land Rover or Range Rover. Hire purchase allows you to pay for your car in monthly instalments with the option to buy outright at the end of a fixed term contract.

You can also get a lease purchase agreement that’s similar to a hire purchase agreement, where you make monthly payments, but lower due to the lump sum deferred to the end of your agreement, also known as balloon payment.

Should you wish to make a purchase without selling the car you already have, you can also take advantage of car equity release, allowing you to borrow against the value of your existing collection.

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RANGE ROVER SPORT 2018
Year2018
Value£68,000
REPRESENTATIVE FINANCE EXAMPLE
Deposit£6,800
Total amount of credit£61,200
Total charge for credit£13,140
48 monthly payments of£828
Final balloon payment£34,000
Total amount payable£81,140
Fixed rate of interest per annum6.39%
Duration of agreement49 months
Representative APR6.9%
Interest TypeFixed

*Shown above is a hire purchase with balloon finance example, purely for indicative purposes. Please contact one of the team for a tailored quotation.

If you borrow £61,200 and pay a £6,800 deposit to the dealer for a car with a cash price of £68,000 over 48 months at a Representative APR of 6.9% and an annual interest rate of 6.39% (fixed), you would pay £828 monthly with one final balloon payment of £34,000. The total amount payable including your deposit and fees would be £81,140.

BUYING AS AN INVESTMENT

No modern Land Rover or Range Rover product is likely to offer you a return on your investment unless you are looking to flip a new Defender for a small profit. There is a little more scope with a classic Land Rover or very early Range Rover, but these were volume production cars that lack the necessary scarcity today to make them really sought after among serious collectors. A highly original Land Rover is one to drive and enjoy, rather than mothball for a rainy day.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER:

1. CAN YOU AFFORD IT?

Even a hybrid Range Rover has a conspicuous thirst and cars of this size and complexity are seldom cheap to run and maintain. Expect to be clobbered by emissions-based charges if you drive a big diesel through town, and anticipate a healthy hit of depreciation when buying new.

2. MAINTENANCE / INSURANCE/ ADDITIONAL COSTS

A large SUV will see you visiting the pumps more often than most. They are also expensive to insure and tax, so make allowances for that. Regular maintenance is a must, as is a comprehensive service history if you are buying second hand.

Despite trading on a reputation for go-anywhere abilities, Land Rover and Range Rover running gear has been prone to failure in the past, particularly the air-suspension which is a common cause of the dreaded ‘Limp Home’ mode. Buy from an approved dealer and make sure there is a proper warranty included.

3. WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

The latest Land Rover and Range Rover families are by-and-large well-built. Take a test drive in any second-hand model, however, and ensure that all the electronic systems work, from powered sunroof and windows to the tricky Terrain Response driving modes. The best thing you can do is check through the service history to ensure all major service points have been recorded, and make sure that the car comes with a comprehensive warranty. HPI check any prospective purchase against theft, accident damage or outstanding finance.

Original Land Rovers rust in the chassis and bulkheads and it is not uncommon to find extensive repairs or even a full replacement underneath. The original Range Rover, steel-bodied and largely unprotected against corrosion, is also extremely vulnerable to rot, especially around the split-tail gate. Prices are creeping up on old Landie parts now too, so look for the very best you can afford in the first instance.

4. OTHER THINGS WORTH KNOWING

Land Rover’s own approved used network is the best place to begin your search for a modern Land Rover or Range Rover: https://used.landrover.co.uk/

The classics, meanwhile, are ably supported by a number of well organised owners’ clubs, both regional and national. Forums and classifieds abound, with varying levels of expertise, but there is no shortage of advice out there and a similar abundance of cars to choose from. There is also a wealth of technical advice, parts and fully warrantied servicing available from Land Rover Classic.

BEST BUYS

SERIES IIA LAND ROVER

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1963 Land Rover Series IIA pickup-type – Courtesy of Wikipedia

A subtle but useful evolution over its forebears, the IIA Land Rover arrived in 1961, offering better styling and refinement, although there was still precious little of either. The car was offered for the first time with a diesel engine in this period, however and it was the IIA that, with its pick-up, canvas back and short and long wheelbase wagon configurations, really took hold on a global scale. This is the definitive Landie and a true automotive icon.

RANGE ROVER

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Range Rover

Bowing to popular pressure to create an off-road vehicle that is customers could tolerably drive on the open road, Land Rover produced the first Range Rover in 1970. The three-door wagon has stood the test of time, both attractive and functional, and it still influences Range Rover’s design language to this day. Powered by lazy Rover V8s and boasting dual range permanent all-wheel drive, the Range Rover created the very concept of the SUV as we know it.

RANGE ROVER VELAR

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Range Rover Velar

Range Rovers diversification has not always struck a chord with the traditionalists, but the Velar, its mid-priced, road-oriented lifestyle offering, is a triumph of 21st design. Exterior and interior alike, this is a head-turning car that encapsulate all that is right with Jaguar Land Rover at the moment. Its more compact dimensions allow it to cope well in cities, while a light, spacious and ultra-modern cabin is a joy to breeze about in.

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY IV

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Land Rover Discovery IV

The second iteration of the handsome, angular Noughties Disco, the D4 had ironed out most of the reliability issues that dogged the D3, while steadily improving refinement and powertrains. After the arrival of the controversially styled L462 in 2017, demand for low-mileage D4s spiked noticeably and the best-kept of these cars will continue to be coveted by the Land Rover cognoscenti for years to come.

RANGE ROVER VOGUE

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Range Rover Vogue

The fourth generation Range Rover, internally coded L405, is another high point for the Land Rover brand. This stately flagship SUV, which arrived in 2012, debuted a new aluminium monocoque chassis that shaved off as much as half of tonne over its predecessors, significantly improving driving characteristics and efficiency in the process. The definitive full-size SUV, the Range Rover continues to set the standard by which all others are measured.

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