2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2019 BMW X6 M

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 X6 M 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 X6 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Sport and X6 M have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Sport 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 X6 M’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.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X6 M doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the X6 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, 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 and driver alert monitors.

Engine

The Range Rover Sport SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 8 more horsepower (575 vs. 567) than the X6 M’s 4.4 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport gets better fuel mileage than the X6 M:

 

 

 

MPG

Range Rover Sport

 

AWD

3.0 turbo V6 Diesel

22 city/28 hwy

 

 

3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

HSE 3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

5.0 supercharged V8

17 city/22 hwy

 

 

SVR 5.0 Supercharged V8

15 city/20 hwy

X6 M

 

AWD

4.4 turbo V8

14 city/19 hwy

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The X6 M must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X6 M (27.6 vs. 22.4 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X6 M’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Sport 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 X6 M doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the X6 M, which uses coil springs in front. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Sport’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the X6 M’s (40.6 feet vs. 42 feet). The Range Rover Sport SVR’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X6 M’s (40.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X6 M (10.9 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 400 pounds less than the BMW X6 M.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Range Rover Sport HSE is quieter than the X6 M:

 

Range Rover Sport

X6 M

At idle

44 dB

48 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the X6 M can only carry 5.

The Range Rover Sport has 26.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X6 M (128 vs. 101.4).

The Range Rover Sport has 1.9 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the X6 M.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover Sport’s middle row seats recline. The X6 M’s rear seats don’t recline.

Payload

The Range Rover Sport has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X6 M (1631 vs. 1170 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Range Rover Sport has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X6 M doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Sport has a standard rear wiper. The X6 M doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 X6 M doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The X6 M doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Range Rover Sport 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 X6 M doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X6 M doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The X6 M has never been chosen.

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