2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover

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2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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Safety

The Escalade ESV Premium Luxury/Platinum’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac Escalade ESV are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Escalade ESV are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Escalade ESV has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Range Rover doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade ESV Premium Luxury/Platinum has standard Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Range Rover doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Escalade ESV and the Range Rover have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the Escalade ESV 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 5 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escalade ESV’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Escalade ESV has a standard 170-amp alternator. The Range Rover’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Escalade ESV’s reliability 28 points higher than the Range Rover.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escalade ESV first among large premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 17th in initial quality. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 23rd in reliability. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Escalade ESV’s 6.2 V8 produces 80 more horsepower (420 vs. 340) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 332) than the Range Rover’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Escalade ESV’s 6.2 V8 produces 40 more horsepower (420 vs. 380) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 332) than the Range Rover HSE’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Escalade ESV’s 6.2 V8 produces 22 more horsepower (420 vs. 398) and 165 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 295) than the Range Rover P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac Escalade ESV is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover supercharged V6:

Escalade ESV

Range Rover

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.2 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade ESV’s fuel efficiency. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac Escalade ESV uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Escalade ESV has 8.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Diesel’s standard fuel tank (31 vs. 22.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escalade ESV has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover’s standard fuel tank (31 vs. 27.3 gallons).

The Escalade ESV 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac Escalade ESV, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Range Rover.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Escalade ESV has larger standard tires than the Range Rover (275/55R20 vs. 235/65R19). The Escalade ESV’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover (285/45R22 vs. 275/45R21).

The Escalade ESV’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade ESV has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover.

The Cadillac Escalade ESV’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Range Rover only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Escalade ESV has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Range Rover doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Escalade ESV has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Range Rover Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escalade ESV’s wheelbase is 15 inches longer than on the Range Rover (130 inches vs. 115 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade ESV is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Range Rover.

Chassis

The Escalade ESV uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Range Rover doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Escalade ESV offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Range Rover can only carry 5.

The Escalade ESV has 7.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Range Rover (122.4 vs. 115).

Cargo Capacity

The Escalade ESV’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover.

Escalade ESV

Range Rover

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

31.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.9 cubic feet

68.6 cubic feet

The Escalade ESV’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover LWB.

Escalade ESV

Range Rover

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

31.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.9 cubic feet

75.6 cubic feet

The Escalade ESV’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover’s in almost every dimension:

Escalade ESV

Range Rover

Range Rover LWB

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

31.6”/63.6”/100.3”

n.a./42.8”/78”

n.a./43.3”/81.6”

Min Width

49.3”

44”

44”

Height

34.9”

36.9”

36.9”

The Escalade ESV’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Towing

The Escalade ESV’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover’s (7900 vs. 7716 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 99% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

The Escalade ESV’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Range Rover does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Escalade ESV’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Range Rover’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Escalade ESV Premium Luxury/Platinum has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escalade ESV has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Escalade ESV has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Range Rover.

Model Availability

The Escalade ESV is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Escalade ESV owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escalade ESV will cost $2440 to $10575 less than the Range Rover over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escalade ESV is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover because typical repairs cost much less on the Escalade ESV than the Range Rover, including $25 less for front brake pads, $366 less for a starter, $292 less for fuel injection, $17 less for a fuel pump and $224 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Cadillac Escalade ESV will be $14923 to $1016549 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover.

Recommendations

The Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV outsold the Land Rover Range Rover by almost two to one during 2018.

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