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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln MKT doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.
The Range Rover Sport’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the Range Rover Sport and MKT have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Sport 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 MKT’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.
The Range Rover Sport has standard Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover Sport’s standard Hill Descent Control allow you to creep down safely. The MKT doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
The Range Rover Sport offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKT only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The Range Rover Sport’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The MKT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Sport and the MKT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Range Rover Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKT’s (6 vs. 5 years).
The Range Rover Sport P360’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 350) than the MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6. The Range Rover Sport P400’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid produces 30 more horsepower (395 vs. 365) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 350) than the MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6. The Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 33 more horsepower (398 vs. 365) and 122 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 350) than the MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 153 more horsepower (518 vs. 365) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 350) than the MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6. The Range Rover Sport SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 210 more horsepower (575 vs. 365) and 166 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 350) than the MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6.
The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 93 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 350) than the MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6.
As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is faster than the Lincoln MKT:
Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Sport SVR
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (22 city/28 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport 5.0 supercharged V8 (518 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (17 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).
The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The MKT must run its internal combustion engine to move.
Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The MKT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKT (22.7 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 9 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKT (27.6 vs. 18.6 gallons).
An eight-speed automatic is available on the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKT.
For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MKT:
Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8
For better traction, the Range Rover Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MKT (275/40R22 vs. 255/45R20).
The Range Rover Sport’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 MKT’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels. The MKT’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Range Rover Sport offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the MKT, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.
The Range Rover Sport 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 MKT doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the MKT, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Range Rover Sport 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 Sport’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 MKT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the MKT.
The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the MKT pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.5 seconds quicker than the MKT (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Sport’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (40.6 feet vs. 41.5 feet). The Range Rover Sport SVR’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (40.7 feet vs. 41.5 feet).
The Range Rover Sport is 1 foot, 3.5 inches shorter than the MKT, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Range Rover Sport has 2.1 inches more front shoulder room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKT.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The MKT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKT’s (7716 vs. 2000 pounds).
The engine in the Range Rover Sport is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKT. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MKT, the Range Rover Sport has standard driver and 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.
The Range Rover Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Range Rover Sport’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The MKT’s parking brake has to released manually.
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 Sport has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MKT doesn’t offer headlight washers.
When the Range Rover Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Range Rover Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Range Rover Sport will retain 45.17% to 46.78% of its original price after five years, while the MKT only retains 39.43% to 39.89%.
The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The MKT has never been chosen.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Lincoln MKT by almost seven to one during the 2019 model year.
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