2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2019 Tesla Model X

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 Tesla Model X doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Model X doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover Sport’s standard Hill Descent Control allow you to creep down safely. The Model X doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Model X only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 Model X doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Model X doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Range Rover Sport has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Model X doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Model X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

The Range Rover Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Model X’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 3 times as many Land Rover dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Range Rover Sport’s warranty.

Engine

The Range Rover Sport SVR’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 43 more horsepower (575 vs. 532) than the Model X P100D’s optional electric motor.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 387) than the Model X 75D’s standard electric motor.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography is faster than the Model X 75D:

 

Range Rover Sport

Model X

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.9 MPH

100.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Range Rover Sport Td6’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 635.6 miles, after which it can be refueled at any diesel pump in minutes. The Model X’s range is only 238 to 295 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only a 54% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 82 hours and 53 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Range Rover Sport Gas

Model X

Front Rotors

15 inches

14 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Range Rover Sport has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Model X doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Range Rover Sport stops shorter than the Model X:

 

Range Rover Sport

Model X

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Model X (275/40R22 vs. 265/35R22).

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 Model X, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 Model X doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.2 inches wider in the front than on the Model X.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the Model X pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Model X 75D (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 4.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Model X (10.9 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 2 inches higher than on the Model X (10.9 vs. 8.9 inches).

Chassis

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Tesla Model X.

The Range Rover Sport is 6.2 inches shorter than the Model X, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Sport has 1 inch more front legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Model X.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Sport’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Model X 6-Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover Sport’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Model X doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Model X doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Model X’s (7716 vs. 5000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

A Service Interval Indicator is standard on the Range Rover Sport to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Tesla doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Model X.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Model X, 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.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Model X doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Model X doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Range Rover Sport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Model X can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Sport has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Model X doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Model X doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

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 Model X 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 Model X doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Range Rover Sport has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Model X doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

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 Model X doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the Model X is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the Model X because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the Model X, including $636 less for a water pump and $1127 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Tesla Model X by 19% during 2018.

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