The BMW X5 was designed to rival the luxury Range Rover, but the first and second generation models didn’t quick knock the popular, British-made model off the top spot. The older versions of the BMW X5 were still very desirable vehicles, but the new generation X5 is looking like it might just knock the Range Rover off its perch. The latest BMW X5 has us all paying attention – with improved efficiency, increased power, lighter body and stunning styling, it is a very desirable car.
All SUVs guarantee road presence because of their size, but some are definitely more stylish than others. The latest BMW has been designed with emphasised features and new headlights, but is still not quite a stylish as the Range Rover. The most noticeable changes are tweaks to the shape to improve aerodynamics, resulting in a drag co-efficient of just 0.31cd, a figure much better than many smaller cars.
The Range Rover is very closely matched with a drag co-efficient of 0.34cd, which makes it hard to pick a more aerodynamic option. It could be argued that the slightly higher figure is worth it for the improved style offered by the Range Rover – many would agree there has always been something special about its rugged appearance and luxury feel.
If you are looking for the most reliable option, the X5 was rated first among the premium SUV market by J.D. Power and Associates for reliability, with the Range Rover missing out on a spot in the top 3. When considering used options, the long-term dependability statistics show the BMW to be more reliable than the Range Rover.
When it comes to warranty, the BMW offers a corrosion warranty of 12 years compared to the Range’s industry-standard six years. BMW will provide free scheduled maintenance for the X5 for the first 3 years or up to 36,000 miles, which will mean you do not have to factor oil changes or any other required maintenance into your budget.
Although the Range Rover does score lower marks for reliability, there is a 3-year unlimited mileage warranty which will provide you with some peace of mind. This will cover the vehicle for towing as well as normal driving. If you are so inclined, there is an extended warranty available to provide cover for up to five years or 75,000 miles. If you do need recovery at any point the Range has three years of breakdown cover included too, with recovery to your nearest Land Rover dealer.
If you were to put the Range Rover V8 next to the XDrive50i in a drag race, it would be a very close call. The Range Rover will reach 62mph in 5.1 seconds, with the BMW X5 just beating it at 5 seconds. The BMW is only slightly faster off the mark because of its lighter design, but both cars are surprisingly fast when you put your foot down.
Once we delve into the diesel options the X5 X50d M Sport is a very surprising choice – it offers the efficiency of a Range Rover TDV6 but with the 0-62mph performance of the much less economical V8, making the Range Rover seem like a poor match. But, moving through the range the gap does close when comparing the BMW XDrive30d to the Range Rover SDV6 turbo diesel options.
The BMW handles remarkably well for its size, thanks to the Adaptive M suspension, but the Range Rover is just as smooth. When driven on a winding road the X5 is more capable on the corners than the less nimble Range Rover. But take both cars off the road and the Range is the clear winner, coming into its own thanks to higher ground clearance and sophisticated 4x4 systems.
The X5 M50d is a very efficient SUV, offering a surprising 42.2mpg when driven carefully with CO2 emissions of 177g/km. The Range Rover TDV6 is not as efficient and will return 37.7mpg and 196g/km, with the V8 offering 22.2mpg at best and 298g/km of CO2 emissions. The X5 is the clear-cut winner when it comes to economy and the environment, with all diesel engines in the X5 range offering better figures.
The BMW X5 sDrive25d is the entry-level model in the range and costs £42,590, with the highest spec XDriver50i petrol model costing at least £63,920.The Range Rover 3.0-litre TDV6 will set you back £71,295 or up to £93,395 for the 5.0-litre supercharged V8. The BMW X5 is definitely the cheaper option, when you consider how closely matched they are for on-road performance and the improved efficiency.
Depending on your requirements, the Range Rover does offer a better equipment list as standard, but most will be available of the X5 for a lower asking price. If watching your wallet is not an issue, the Range Rover offers an unmatched regal quality, which the BMW does not quite live up to.
When we look at each of these categories the BMW X5 does come out on top, with its space, comfort, performance and improved efficiency. But, it is still hard to say that it beats the Range Rover. If budget is no issue, the British made Range Rover will take you anywhere in style, class and comfort.
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