2019 GMC Yukon vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the GMC Yukon are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Yukon are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Yukon has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Yukon and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Yukon 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Yukon for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Sport.

There are almost 10 times as many GMC dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Yukon’s warranty.

Reliability

The Yukon has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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 Yukon’s reliability 52 points higher than the Range Rover Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yukon second among large suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 20th in initial quality. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 18th in reliability. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Yukon has more powerful engines than the Range Rover Sport:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Yukon 5.3 V8

355 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Yukon Graphite Performance Edition/Denali 6.2 V8

420 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Yukon’s fuel efficiency. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Yukon uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Yukon Graphite Performance Edition/Denali for maximum performance). The Range Rover Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Yukon has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 22.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Yukon has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A ten-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition/Denali, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Range Rover Sport.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Yukon has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (265/65R18 vs. 235/65R19). The Yukon’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Sport (285/45R22 vs. 275/40R22).

The GMC Yukon’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Yukon has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Yukon has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger, and isn’t available otherwise. Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Yukon is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Range Rover Sport.

For better maneuverability, the Yukon’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (39 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The Yukon’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (39 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The front grille of the Yukon 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.

The Yukon Graphite Performance Edition//Denali uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Yukon offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Range Rover Sport can only carry up to 7.

The Yukon has 3.4 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and 5.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Yukon’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Sport.

 

Yukon

Range Rover Sport

Behind Third Seat

15.3 cubic feet

7.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

51.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

55.8 cubic feet

The Yukon’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Sport’s in every dimension:

 

Yukon

Range Rover Sport

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

n.a./41.3”/73.5”

Min Width

49.3”

44”

Height

33.9”

33”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Yukon SLT/Denali’s 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 Yukon’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Range Rover Sport’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload and Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is limited to 7716 pounds. The Yukon offers up to a 8500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Yukon has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Range Rover Sport (1690 vs. 1631 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Yukon’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Range Rover Sport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Yukon has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Yukon is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yukon second among large 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 in its category.

The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by over three to one during 2018.

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