2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The XC60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XC60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the XC60 and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 91 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Sport.

There are over 75 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the XC60’s reliability 20 points higher than the Range Rover Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 29th in initial quality. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 22nd in reliability. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T8 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport S.C. V6:

 

XC60

Range Rover Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.1 MPH

96.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport Td6 (60 city/58 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport Td6 (26 city/28 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport:

 

 

XC60

Range Rover Sport

 

2WD

T5/Auto

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

T5/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

3.0 Supercharged/Auto

 

T6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

3.0 Supercharged/Auto HSE

 

 

n/a

17 city/22 hwy

5.0 Supercharged/Auto

 

 

n/a

15 city/20 hwy

5.0 Supercharged/Auto SVR

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The Range Rover Sport must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The XC60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The XC60 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

 

XC60

Range Rover Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The XC60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The XC60 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .87 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Sport HSE (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The XC60’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1050 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

The XC60 is 7.4 inches shorter than the Range Rover Sport, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Volvo XC60 amounts to more than styling. The XC60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Range Rover Sport (.37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XC60 get better fuel mileage.

Ergonomics

Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Sport’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC60 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC60 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Model Availability

The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Sport because it costs $369 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the Range Rover Sport, including $63 less for a starter, $191 less for fuel injection, $139 less for front struts and $940 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Volvo XC60 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by 18% during 2017.

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