2018 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2017 Lincoln Navigator

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Lincoln Navigator doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover and Navigator have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover 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 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. But it costs extra on the Navigator.

The Range Rover’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 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’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 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 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

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

Reliability

The battery on the Range Rover is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Range Rover’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Navigator’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 138 more horsepower (518 vs. 380) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 460) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6. The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 177 more horsepower (557 vs. 380) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 460) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Land Rover Range Rover S.C. V6 is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

Range Rover

Navigator

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.1 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Range Rover

Navigator

 

2WD

 

n/a

15 city/21 hwy

3.5 Twin Turbo V6/Auto

4WD

3.0 S.C. V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

3.5 Twin Turbo V6/Auto

 

HSE 3.0 S.C. V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

 

 

5.0 S.C./Auto

16 city/21 hwy

n/a

 

 

SVA 5.0 S.C./Auto

14 city/19 hwy

n/a

 

 

LWB SVA 5.0 S.C./Auto

13 city/19 hwy

n/a

 

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover’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’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.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Navigator.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover 380HP/5.0’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Navigator:

 

Range Rover 380HP/5.0

Navigator

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

The Range Rover stops much shorter than the Navigator:

 

Range Rover

Navigator

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Range Rover’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

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

The Range Rover Supercharged handles at .79 G’s, while the Navigator 4x4 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Navigator 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

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

Chassis

The Land Rover Range Rover may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 850 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Range Rover is 10.6 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Range Rover easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Range Rover’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.

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 Navigator doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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 Navigator doesn’t offer a rear tailgate seat.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Navigator doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Range Rover. 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’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

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Navigator, the Range Rover offers an optional 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 offers an optional heads-up display that 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’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.

On a hot day the Range Rover’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Navigator can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Range Rover has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Navigator doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 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 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 HSE/Supercharged/Autobiography has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Navigator doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

When the Range Rover 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.

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

On extremely cold Winter days, the Range Rover’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 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’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.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its July 2015 issue and they ranked the Land Rover Range Rover HSE higher than the Lincoln Navigator 4x4.

The Land Rover Range Rover outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by almost two to one during the 2017 model year.

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