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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 Infiniti QX60 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.
Both the Range Rover Sport and QX60 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 QX60’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 Sport. But it costs extra on the QX60.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover Sport’s standard Hill Descent Control allow you to creep down safely. The QX60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
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 QX60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Sport and the QX60 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Range Rover Sport P360’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid produces 60 more horsepower (355 vs. 295) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Range Rover Sport P400’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid produces 100 more horsepower (395 vs. 295) and 136 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 103 more horsepower (398 vs. 295) and 202 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 223 more horsepower (518 vs. 295) and 191 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Range Rover Sport SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 280 more horsepower (575 vs. 295) and 246 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.
The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 173 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the QX60 AWD CVT (22 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).
The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The QX60 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 QX60 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 QX60 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (22.7 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 8.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (27.6 vs. 19.5 gallons).
For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:
Range Rover Sport Td6
Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8
The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the QX60:
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For better traction, the Range Rover Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (275/40R22 vs. 235/65R18).
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 QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 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 QX60. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the QX60 Luxe.
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 QX60, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
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 QX60 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 QX60, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Range Rover Sport offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
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 QX60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
The Range Rover Sport’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.4% to 51.6%) than the QX60’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the Range Rover Sport more stable handling and braking.
The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the QX60 AWD 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 4.1 seconds quicker than the QX60 AWD (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport SVR has a 4.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (10.8 vs. 6.5 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 4.4 inches higher than on the QX60 (10.9 vs. 6.5 inches).
The Range Rover Sport is 8.5 inches shorter than the QX60, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Range Rover Sport has .4 inches more front shoulder room and .8 inches more rear headroom than the QX60.
The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the QX60’s (7716 vs. 5000 pounds).
The engine in the Range Rover Sport is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the QX60. 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 QX60 Luxe, 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 QX60 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 QX60’s parking brake has to released manually.
The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Sport and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Range Rover Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX60 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Range Rover Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX60’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
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 QX60 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 QX60 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 QX60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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 QX60 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the QX60, including $241 less for a muffler and $1210 less for a power steering pump.
The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The QX60 has never been chosen.
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