2019 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2019 BMW X6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

Both the Range Rover and X6 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover 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. But it costs extra on the X6.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover’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 and the X6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

Engine

The Range Rover has more powerful engines than the X6:

 

Horsepower

Torque

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.

X6 s/xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

302 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

X6 xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

445 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

The Range Rover’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 295) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged is faster than the X6 xDrive35i:

 

Range Rover

X6

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.3 MPH

95.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Range Rover 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’s standard fuel tank has 4.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the X6 (27.3 vs. 22.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover 380HP/5.0’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X6:

 

Range Rover 380HP/5.0

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 offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X6’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

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 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 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 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.

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 X6 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

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

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the X6’s (40.5 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X6 (11.6 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X6 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Range Rover has 13.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X6 (115 vs. 101.4).

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

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the tailgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The X6 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X6 with its rear seat up (31.8 vs. 26.6 cubic feet). The Range Rover has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X6 with its rear seat folded (68.6 vs. 59.7 cubic feet).

The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The X6 doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The X6 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Range Rover’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The X6’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

The Range Rover 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 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 has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X6 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Range Rover Autobiography/SVAutobiography has standard front air conditioned seats and the Range Rover Autobiography LWB/SVAutobiography also has them in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X6 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Range Rover 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 is less expensive to operate than the X6 because it costs $270 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover 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 and $2166 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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