2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2019 BMW X5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Engine

The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the X5:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Sport Td6 3.0 turbo V6 diesel

254 HP

443 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.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

X5 xDrive40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

X5 xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

456 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the X5 xDrive40i (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The X5 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 5.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 (27.6 vs. 21.9 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

The Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the X5, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the X5, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover Sport has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Sport’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The X5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Sport’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the X5’s (40.6 feet vs. 41.4 feet). The Range Rover Sport SVR’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the X5’s (40.7 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (10.9 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Sport has 2.4 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Sport’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Payload and Towing

The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X5’s (7716 vs. 6603 pounds).

The Range Rover Sport has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X5 (1631 vs. 849 lbs.).

The Range Rover Sport has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the X5 (1631 vs. 871 lbs.).

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X5, the Range Rover Sport has standard driver and 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.

Consumer Reports rated the Range Rover Sport’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the X5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Range Rover Sport offers optional dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X5 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Recommendations

The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The X5 has never been chosen.

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