2021 Volvo XC60 vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Safety

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The Volvo XC60 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Land Rover doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Range Rover Sport. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The XC60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XC60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, 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.

Both the XC60 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo 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 52 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the XC60’s reliability 34 points higher than the Range Rover Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 31st in initial quality. With 18 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 Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 29th in reliability. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport P400e running on electricity (56 city/57 hwy vs. 42 city/42 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport:

MPG

XC60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

26 city/28 hwy

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Range Rover Sport

AWD

3.0 turbo V6 Diesel

22 city/28 hwy

3.0 turbo/SC 6-cyl. Hybrid

19 city/25 hwy

P400e 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

18 city/21 hwy

P525 5.0 supercharged V8

17 city/22 hwy

SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

15 city/20 hwy

The XC60 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.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo XC60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (1 to 7). This means the XC60 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Range Rover Sport every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The XC60 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

XC60

Range Rover Sport

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The XC60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover Sport’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 T6 AWD R-Design handles at .88 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Sport HSE (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The XC60’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1350 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

The XC60 is 7.5 inches shorter than the Range Rover Sport, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The XC60 is 6.7 inches narrower than the Range Rover Sport, making the XC60 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Volvo XC60 amounts to more than styling. The XC60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover Sport (.34 to .35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XC60 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has 2 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 27.5 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Sport with all its rear seats folded (63.3 vs. 59.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XC60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Sport’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC60 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC60 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo XC60 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the XC60 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the XC60 will cost $1170 to $10375 less than the Range Rover Sport over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Sport because it costs $373 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the Range Rover Sport, including $68 less for a starter, $201 less for fuel injection, $140 less for front struts and $968 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo XC60 will be $33401 to $48195 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volvo XC60, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the XC60 third among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Range Rover Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Volvo XC60 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by 19% during 2019.

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