2021 GMC Yukon XL vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Yukon XL are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Yukon XL has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Yukon XL and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Yukon XL 1 year and 10,000 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 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 9 times as many GMC dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Yukon XL’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 12th in initial quality. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 22nd in reliability. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Yukon XL V8’s fuel efficiency. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Yukon XL, 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

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For better traction, the Yukon XL has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (265/65R18 vs. 235/65R19).

The GMC Yukon XL’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Yukon XL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

All Yukon XLs have standard full size spares so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Range Rover Sport Without it you must depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yukon XL’s wheelbase is 19 inches longer than on the Range Rover Sport (134.1 inches vs. 115.1 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Range Rover Sport can only carry up to 7.

The Yukon XL has 42.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Range Rover Sport (170.8 vs. 128).

The Yukon XL has 3.6 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front legroom and 5 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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

Yukon XL

Range Rover Sport

Behind Third Seat

41.5 cubic feet

7.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

93.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

27.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

144.7 cubic feet

59.5 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Yukon XL’s (except SLE) 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.

Ergonomics

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The Yukon XL’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Range Rover Sport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the GMC Yukon XL SLT/AT4/Denali has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by almost three to one during 2019.

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