2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2019 BMW X6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Sport and X6 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’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 provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Sport. But it costs extra on the X6.

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 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the X6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.


The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the X6:




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.

X6 s/xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

302 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

X6 xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

445 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 Supercharged is faster than the X6 xDrive35i:


Range Rover Sport


Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.5 MPH

95.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the X6 xDrive35i (22 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The X6 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 (27.6 vs. 22.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport Gas’ brake rotors are larger than those on the X6:


Range Rover Sport Gas

X6 s/xDrive35i

X6 xDrive50i

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.7 inches

14.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

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 X6, 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 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 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, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 2 inches wider in the front than on the X6.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .89 G’s, while the X6 xDrive35i pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X6 xDrive35i (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

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

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X6 (10.9 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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

The Range Rover Sport has 26.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X6 (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.

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

Payload and Towing

The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X6’s (7716 vs. 6000 pounds).

The Range Rover Sport has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X6 (1631 vs. 1110 lbs.).


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 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 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 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 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

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 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the X6 because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the X6, including $776 less for a water pump, $1152 less for a muffler, $93 less for front brake pads, $150 less for a fuel pump, $78 less for front struts and $2165 less for a power steering pump.


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

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the BMW X6 by almost four to one during 2018.

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