2020 Lincoln Aviator vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Aviator has standard Post Collision Braking, 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Aviator (except Base) offers an optional Reverse Brake Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Aviator 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, 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 and around view monitors.

Warranty

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Aviator 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Sport. 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 Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 5 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Aviator’s warranty.

Reliability

The Lincoln Aviator’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 supercharged V6, 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid, 3.0 supercharged V6, 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid, 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid and 5.0 supercharged V8 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The Aviator has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 19th in reliability. With 74 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Aviator has more powerful engines than the Range Rover Sport:

Horsepower

Torque

Aviator 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

415 lbs.-ft.

Aviator 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

494 HP

630 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SE 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

355 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport HST 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

395 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Aviator

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

Range Rover Sport

AWD

3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

Dynamic 3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

5.0 supercharged V8

17 city/22 hwy

SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

15 city/20 hwy

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

The Aviator 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.

Transmission

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

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Aviator has larger tires than the Range Rover Sport (255/55R19 vs. 235/65R19).

The Aviator’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 Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Aviator’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the Range Rover Sport (119.1 inches vs. 115.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Aviator’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (39.2 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The Aviator’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (39.2 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The front grille of the Aviator uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Aviator Grand Touring/Black Label uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Aviator has 16.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Range Rover Sport (144.7 vs. 128).

The Aviator has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Aviator’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Sport.

Aviator

Range Rover Sport

Behind Third Seat

18.3 cubic feet

7.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

41.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

77.7 cubic feet

55.8 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Aviator’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With an 84% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Aviator’s exterior PIN entry system. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Aviator’s exterior PIN entry system. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Aviator offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Range Rover Sport 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 Aviator has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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

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