2016 Land Rover Range Rover vs. Its Competition

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Td6
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 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.

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.

In the offing: the Bentley Bentayga, being billed as the world's fastest SUV, and the Tesla Model X, the first pure electric vehicle that could have specific all-road hardware.

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2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e2016 BMW X5
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2015 Infiniti QX802016 INFINITI QX80
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2016 Mercedes-Benz G Class2016 Mercedes-Benz G Class
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe2016 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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Quick Specs
Few vehicles can equal the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover's levels of performance and luxury on pavement; even fewer can keep up with it off-road.
The benchmark of mid-size luxury SUVs, the 2016 BMW X5 offers handsome looks, a choice of powertrains, an abundance of tech features, sporty on-road dynamics, and even some off-road capability.
The 2016 Infiniti QX80 is an old-school SUV with lots of luxury but it should only appeal to those who truly need to tow.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an ancient off-roader with modern mechanicals, a luxurious interior, and astronomical pricing. It makes almost no sense, which is why people seem to gravitate toward it.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class wraps up to seven people in luxury, and offers a pleasant ride with either diesel fuel economy or willing gasoline power.
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14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 14 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6
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4WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door sDrive35i2WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door G 5504MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
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Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility4MATIC
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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