2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover

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Safety

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The X5 xDrive45e’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 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 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the X5 xDrive45e and the Range Rover 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’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.

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 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 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 P400e (47 city/54 hwy MPGe vs. 42 city/42 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive45e running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover 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 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 (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’s standard 65 series tires. The X5 xDrive45e’s optional 315/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover’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 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 2.1 inches longer than on the Range Rover (117.1 inches vs. 115 inches).

Passenger Space

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The X5 xDrive45e offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Range Rover can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

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The X5 xDrive45e has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover with its rear seat up (33.1 vs. 31.8 cubic feet). The X5 xDrive45e has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover with its rear seat folded (71.2 vs. 68.6 cubic feet).

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the X5 xDrive45e 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 lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Range Rover can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X5 xDrive45e’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Range Rover’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 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’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

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