Range Rover sport vs bmw x5

When it comes to shopping for a luxury SUV, you may often have to weigh specific factors such as sportiness and luxury before making a decision that you can feel confident about. But here at Land Rover Glen Cove, we pose the question: why not enjoy both? The Land Rover Range Rover Sport certainly aids you in maximizing both of these areas for an enhanced effect, something that other luxury utility vehicles on the marketplace sometimes struggle to balance out. But you likely want proof when it comes to what the new Range Rover Sport can offer, and a comparison to another worthy competitor in the BMW X5 gives you all of the confirmation that you will need to know about how dynamic this vehicle really is. So without further ado, we’re proud to present our comparative review of both the Range Rover Sport vs BMW X5.

Range Rover sport vs bmw x5

Price

When it comes to starting MSRP, it is important to keep in mind the standard features that come with a luxury vehicle, the engine and drivetrain that is included, and some of the other characteristics that help define a model. So while the beginning MSRP of the BMX X5 is slightly less expensive than that of the Range Rover Sport, it’s actually a presentation of how much value the Land Rover model can present with a base V6 engine, features that the BMW X5 doesn’t include and impressive off-roading capability.

range rover sport vs bmw x5 dimensions

The Range Rover Sport is the taller and wider vehicle of the two with even more ground clearance, something that will come into play as you navigate the various trails and uneven landscapes on your free time. Inside of the cabin, you will discover more front leg room is a luxury that both drivers and front seat passengers get to enjoy. The Range Rover Sport also boasts more rear head and leg room for guests to really relax with, so that every one of your traveling companions can experience a special ride.

Capability

The 3.0-liter V6 engine in the Range Rover Sport helps you to get up and go when you really need to, providing a burst that you won’t get to experience with the 3.0-liter I6 engine in the BMW model and terrain-topping prowess with four-wheel drive. The V6 engine generates 340 horsepower in comparison to the 300 horsepower of the X5, while also providing 332 pound-feet in comparison to the 300 pound-feet of the X5 model. These numbers also help result in more impressive towing, as the maximum capacity of 7,716 pounds with the Range Rover Sport top the 5,952 pounds that the X5 can handle.

Trips to the gas station can take some time for fun out of your day and serve as a hindrance for staying on track with the chores that you hope to take care of. You’ll love that you can fill up your vehicle even more when stopping for the Range Rover Sport, as 27.7 gallons of maximum fuel tank capacity easily surpasses the 22.4 maximum gallons of the BMW X5.

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With both standard and optional features in abundance with the Range Rover Sport, you can feel very confident that you have an array of amenities to cover your needs while driving. Standard keyless ignition and entry speaks to the convenience that you can expect, as standard satellite radio is an example of the innovative technology and value you’re receiving with this luxury SUV. Both of these features are just optional in the BMW X5, which doesn’t make a premium sound system available such as the Meridian sound system that you can choose in the Range Rover Sport. Need some help lining up your towing equipment before the big trip? The Range Rover Sport includes advanced tow assist, giving you the ability to hook your trailer up without hesitation.

The 2019 BMW X5 grows even closer to being the do-it-all vehicle in its family.The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport climbs to the peak of the luxury-SUV niche with its tasteful looks and exceptional performance.
TCC Likes
Fluid, fervent powertrainsPosh and plush interiorAll-terrain talent, but especially on pavementSupreme comfortCapability on or off roadUnderstated and gorgeous style
TCC Dislikes
Does little to advance SUV stylingSteering’s minor foiblesHigh-efficiency models are TBDVery expensiveOnly one fuel-efficient powertrainSmall third row
Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg0 mpg
Highway
26 mpg0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
6060.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.437
Passenger Capacity
55
Front Leg Room (in)
39.842.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.739.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.159.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.839.5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
194.3192.1
Height, Overall (in)
68.771
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.966.3
Wheelbase (in)
117.1115
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.978.1
Track Width, Front (in)
66.166.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
33.924.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
33.924.8
Brakes
Disc – Rear (Yes or )
YesYes
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc4-Wheel Disc
Disc – Front (Yes or )
YesYes
Drum – Rear (Yes or )
NANA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
4-Wheel
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.4
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
15
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.924.1
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-PinionRack-Pinion
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft)
41.340.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NANA
Front Tire Order Code
NANA
Spare Tire Order Code
NANA
Rear Tire Size
P265/50HR19P255/55YR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NANA
Front Tire Size
P265/50HR19P255/55YR20
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
660551
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
660551
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
66035511
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
66035511
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
66035511
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4991
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 920 X 9.5
Front Wheel Material
AluminumAluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NANA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 920 X 9.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NANA
Rear Wheel Material
AluminumAluminum
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct InjectionGasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
330 @ 1500472 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NANA
Displacement
3.0 L/1832.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
335 @ 5500398 @ 5500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4
Engine Oil Cooler
Regular Duty
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City (MPG)
20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
2219
EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy (MPG)
26
Battery Range (mi)
19
EPA MPG Equivalent – Combined
42
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.721.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Drivetrain
All WheelFour Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.001.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
5.254.71
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.640.67
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.172.11
Trans Type
88
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.321.28
Trans Description Cont. Again
NANA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.820.84
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.713.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.363.14
Trans Order Code
2TBNA
Transfer Case Model
Electronic
Trans PTO Access
No
Transfer Case Power Take Off
No
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW X5Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Body Style
Sports Activity VehiclePHEV
Body Code
S
Suspension
Suspension Type – Rear
Multi-LinkMulti-Link
Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link
Suspension Type – Front
Double WishboneDouble Wishbone
Suspension Type – Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone
Axle Ratio (:1) – Rear
3.73
Axle Type – Front
Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) – Front
3.73
Axle Type – Rear
Independent

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.

Buyers Guide Land Rover Range Rover
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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