2015 Land Rover Range Rover vs. Its Competition

2015 Land Rover Range Rover
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Range Rover's mix of true off-road ability and luxurious on-road comfort make it stand out in the marketplace, and even with its long history it is still without a direct rival.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class certainly has the panache, and has retained some real off-road ability in its transition from military weapon to mall-lot showpiece, but it lacks the refinement and space of the Range Rover.

Mercedes-Benz's GL-Class is impressive in its own right, especially in fuel-efficient GL 350 diesel trim, but it doesn't quite have the presence or off-road skills of the Range.

BMW's X5 is the Range Rover's equal on-road, or nearly so, with the sharp handling and fierce power of the X5 M raising the bar--but the X5's a bit bland in the styling department and, again, not suited for real off-road travel.

The Lexus LX shares its genes with the Toyota Land Cruiser, and therefore inherits some rugged off-road-worthiness, but in its latest iteration, the LX is expensive, complex, bloated with features, and not particularly engaging.

Infiniti's QX80 (previously known as the QX56) is more a competitor to Cadillac's Escalade, leaving real off-road ability behind in favor of shouty design.

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Quick Specs
9.2
The 2015 Range Rover is the most advanced and luxurious model yet from Land Rover, combining modern styling and convenience with classic ruggedness and off-road prowess.
8.4
The 2015 BMW X5 is a handsome, capable, tech-filled vehicle for the shopper who wants a luxury SUV.
7.8
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is basically a last-generation S-Class interior riding on one of the most off-road-worthy chassis out there; it makes almost no sense, which is why people seem to gravitate toward it.
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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class offers the most Mercedes luxury to the most people, with a pleasant ride and easy driving dynamics to boot.
MSRP From   
$83,495$53,900$115,400$63,600
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 15 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6
EPA Class   
N/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/AN/A
Style Name   
4WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door sDrive35i4MATIC 4-Door G 5504MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Drivetrain   
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5557
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility4MATIC
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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