2011 Land Rover
Range Rover Sport HSE
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 xDrive50i

2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

9.9

starting from

$60,495

Reasons to buy the Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Has a subwoofer
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Comparable turning radius
37.8 ft
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Quite expensive
$60,495
2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i

9.6

Runner-up

BMW X5 xDrive50i

starting from

$64,675
"The eight-speed automatic produces the sort of smooth shifts and quick responses you'd expect"
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's transmission
"The X5 has always put a premium on its handling, however, and for 2011 that doesn't change."
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW X5 xDrive50i

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.3"
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Power outlets
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Lightning fast 0-60 time
5.3 seconds
Entertainment System 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Winner: Range Rover Sport HSE
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  • The Range Rover Sport HSE's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Range Rover Sport HSE's satellite radio; in the X5 xDrive50i, too, but it'll cost
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i Winner: X5 xDrive50i
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  • The X5 xDrive50i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Range Rover Sport HSE
  • The X5 xDrive50i's Twin turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Twin turbocharger vs None
  • The X5 xDrive50i has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 6
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Winner: Range Rover Sport HSE
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  • The best price we've seen is $4,180 cheaper (around 10% less), $60,495 vs $64,675
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Limited number of cupholders
Overall 9.6 vs 9.9

Entertainment System

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X5 xDrive50i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i
2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Land Rover
Range Rover Sport HSE
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Number of speakers 10 vs 9 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Range Rover Sport HSE's satellite radio; in the X5 xDrive50i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The Range Rover Sport HSE has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Performance

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X5 xDrive50i
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Horsepower 400 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 375 HP @ 6,500 RPM Very powerful
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Number of gears 8 vs 6 Both have more gears, but the X5 xDrive50i in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The X5 xDrive50i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Range Rover Sport HSE
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The X5 xDrive50i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.4 lb/hp vs 14.8 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the X5 xDrive50i in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The Range Rover Sport HSE's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.0 ft vs 37.8 ft The Range Rover Sport HSE is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 xDrive50i is quite bad

Cost

BMW
X5 xDrive50i
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2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Land Rover
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MSRP $64,675 vs $60,495 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 14 mpg vs 13 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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X5 xDrive50i
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2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Land Rover
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs None

Luxury Features

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X5 xDrive50i
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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X5 xDrive50i
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2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Land Rover
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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X5 xDrive50i
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2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Land Rover
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0-60 mph 5.3 seconds vs 9.4 seconds The X5 xDrive50i has lightning fast acceleration but the Range Rover Sport HSE's is more like a ride-on mower
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 131 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 17.3 s @ 84 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

Practicality

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X5 xDrive50i
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2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Land Rover
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The X5 xDrive50i has lots of passenger seats and the Range Rover Sport HSE is OK, too
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Cargo space 75.2 ft3 vs 71.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats Unknown vs 55.5 ft3
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Base payload capacity 1290 lb vs 1219 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The X5 xDrive50i's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Range Rover Sport HSE
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 Limited number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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