2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Safety

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The X5 xDrive45e has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies 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 X5 xDrive45e offers optional Active Park Distance Control that uses 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 X5 xDrive45e and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The X5 xDrive45e’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 xDrive45e for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Sport.

There are over 88 percent more BMW dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X5 xDrive45e’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 33rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 99 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The X5 xDrive45e’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid produces 34 more horsepower (389 vs. 355) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 365) than the Range Rover Sport P360’s standard 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid. The X5 xDrive45e’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 406) than the Range Rover Sport P400’s standard 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive45e running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport P400e running on electricity (47 city/54 hwy vs. 42 city/42 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive45e running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport P400e running its gasoline engine (19 city/22 hwy vs. 18 city/21 hwy).

Transmission

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The X5 xDrive45e’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the X5 xDrive45e has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (265/50R19 vs. 235/65R19).

The X5 xDrive45e’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The X5 xDrive45e’s optional 315/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover Sport’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X5 xDrive45e can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X5 xDrive45e’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Range Rover Sport (117.1 inches vs. 115.1 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the X5 xDrive45e 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.

Passenger Space

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The X5 xDrive45e has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X5 xDrive45e’s available third row seats recline. The Range Rover Sport’s optional third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The X5 xDrive45e has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (33.1 vs. 27.5 cubic feet). The X5 xDrive45e has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Sport with all its rear seats folded (71.2 vs. 59.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X5 xDrive45e’s optional 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.

The X5 xDrive45e’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Range Rover Sport’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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While the Range Rover Sport P400e can only tow 5511, any X5 xDrive45e can tow a minimum of 7200 pounds.

Ergonomics

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To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X5 xDrive45e has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X5 xDrive45e also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X5 xDrive45e has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the X5 xDrive45e to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X5 xDrive45e offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The X5 xDrive45e’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Range Rover Sport’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

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