2019 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2019 BMW X5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover 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 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.


The Range Rover has more powerful engines than the X5:




Range Rover 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover HSE 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

557 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.

The Range Rover’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 330) than the X5 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Range Rover 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’s standard fuel tank has 5.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 (27.3 vs. 21.9 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

The Range Rover 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 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 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’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.

The Range Rover’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the X5’s (40.5 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 2.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (11.6 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The design of the Land Rover Range Rover amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .34 to .35 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the X5 (.36 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The X5 doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.


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


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X5, the Range Rover offers an optional 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’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 has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X5 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

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