2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2020 GMC Yukon XL

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Safety

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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 GMC Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Sport. But it costs extra on the Yukon XL.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover Sport’s standard Hill Descent Control allow you to creep down safely. The Yukon XL doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

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 Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover Sport 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 Yukon XL uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Yukon XL 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Range Rover Sport comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Yukon XL’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Range Rover Sport’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Yukon XL runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Range Rover Sport have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Yukon XL.

Engine

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The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the Yukon XL:

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Sport P400 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

395 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport 5.0 supercharged V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Yukon XL 5.3 V8

355 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Yukon XL Graphite Performance Edition/Denali 6.2 V8

420 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 383) than the Yukon XL’s standard 5.3 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Yukon XL 4WD (22 city/28 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).

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

Range Rover Sport

Yukon XL

2WD

n/a

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

4WD

5.0 supercharged V8 (518 HP)/8-spd./Auto

17 city/22 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

5.0 supercharged V8 (575 HP)/8-spd./Auto

15 city/20 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Yukon XL:

Range Rover Sport Td6

Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8

Yukon XL

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the Yukon XL:

Range Rover Sport

Yukon XL

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 Yukon XL’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Yukon XL SLE/SLT Standard Edition/SLT.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The GMC Yukon XL has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Range Rover Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Range Rover Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The Yukon XL’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the Yukon XL Denali 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.2 seconds quicker than the Yukon XL Denali 4x4 (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Sport’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Yukon XL’s (40.6 feet vs. 43 feet). The Range Rover Sport SVR’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Yukon XL’s (40.7 feet vs. 43 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport SVR has a 2.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Yukon XL (10.8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 3 inches higher than on the Yukon XL (10.9 vs. 7.9 inches).

Chassis

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 850 pounds less than the GMC Yukon XL.

The Range Rover Sport is 2 feet, 8.3 inches shorter than the Yukon XL, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Range Rover Sport’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 Yukon XL uses body-on-frame design instead.

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover Sport has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Yukon XL doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Yukon XL SLT Standard/SLT/Denali, 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’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Yukon XL’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Range Rover Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Yukon XL’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Range Rover Sport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Yukon XL can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Yukon XL doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Yukon XL doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Yukon XL doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the Yukon XL is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the Yukon XL because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the Yukon XL, including $136 less for a water pump, $642 less for a muffler, $12 less for a fuel pump and $467 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The Yukon XL has never been chosen.

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