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The X6 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 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.
Both the X6 and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.
The X6’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).
BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 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 X6’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Sport isn’t in the top three.
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’ 2018 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 77 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
On the EPA test cycle the X6 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport with its standard engine (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).
The X6’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.
The X6 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Sport:
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For better traction, the X6 has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R19).
The X6’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 X6 xDrive50i’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 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 standard on the X6 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.
The X6 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.
The X6 xDrive35i handles at .88 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The X6 xDrive35i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Sport HSE (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).
The X6 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (26.6 vs. 24.8 cubic feet). The X6 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Sport with all its rear seats folded (59.7 vs. 55.8 cubic feet).
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 45% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X6 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X6 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X6 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X6 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The X6 is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X6 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Sport because it costs $171 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the X6 than the Range Rover Sport, including $21 less for a starter, $202 less for fuel injection and $473 less for a timing belt/chain.
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