2019 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator

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 Lincoln Navigator doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover and Navigator 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 Navigator’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 Navigator.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Navigator uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Range Rover and the Navigator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The Range Rover’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Navigator’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

The battery on the Range Rover is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Range Rover’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Navigator’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 68 more horsepower (518 vs. 450) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6. The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 107 more horsepower (557 vs. 450) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 510) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover (base engine) is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

Range Rover

Navigator

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.8 sec

11.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.8 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Navigator 4WD (22 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover 3.0 Supercharged gets better fuel mileage than the Navigator 4x4 (17 city/23 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

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

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Navigator doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Range Rover’s standard fuel tank has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator (27.3 vs. 23.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Range Rover 380HP/5.0

Navigator

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.2 inches

The Range Rover stops much shorter than the Navigator:

 

Range Rover

Navigator

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Range Rover’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Navigator Select/Reserve/Black Label’s 45 series tires.

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 Navigator, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 Navigator 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 Navigator, 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 Navigator doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Range Rover Supercharged handles at .79 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Navigator Black Label 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Navigator (11.6 vs. 9.6 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Land Rover Range Rover may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 750 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Range Rover is 1 foot, 1.1 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Range Rover easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Range Rover’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Navigator uses body-on-frame design instead.

Passenger Space

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 Navigator doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Towing

The Range Rover’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator’s (7716 vs. 6200 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Range Rover has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Navigator doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Navigator doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Navigator 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 Navigator doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover with a number “7” insurance rate while the Navigator is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because it costs $288 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover than the Navigator, including $21 less for a muffler and $1078 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Land Rover Range Rover outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by 7% during 2018.

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