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2017 Range Rover Sport vs. BMW X6: Which is Your Ideal Utility?


You yearn for something more in an SUV—something exotic yet refined, stylish yet efficient. You want the newest gadgets without sacrificing what’s worked well in the past. You want to turn heads in the parking lot along with the ability to veer off the beaten path when the urge arises. Essentially, you want a luxury SUV that doesn’t need to wear a suit and tie to make a great impression.



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Let us introduce you to the 2017 Range Rover Sport, available for sale and lease right now at our Roanoke Land Rover dealership. Newly refreshed and ready for action, this high-class SUV has few rivals in its class, though that doesn’t mean competitors aren’t stepping up to the plate. Take the 2017 BMW X6 for example; last redesigned in 2015, the X6 thinks it can take on the Range Rover Sport on equal ground. Little does it know, this Range Rover is more than just your average SUV.

Spaciousness & Comfort

The ’17 BMW X6 doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. While its style screams “SUV,” the X6 lacks the draw of a family-focused vehicle—particularly when it comes to space. Coupe-like headroom in the rear makes us think it’s a two-door, and rear legroom is no better.

Unlike the X6, the 2017 Range Rover Sport offers a generous amount of space from tailgate to dash. All Sport models come standard with seating for up to five passengers, though you can add an optional third-row bench to up that number to seven in certain trims. Those seats are also tantalizingly comfortable, offering more legroom and headroom than the X6 by a healthy margin. Slide the 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat into a relaxed position, and you’ll have a crystal-clear view of the road.

Move to the Range Rover Sport’s cargo area, and you’ll find 27.7 cubic feet of space to haul around gear; fold the second-row seat flat, and that space extends to 62.2 cubic feet. The best the BMW X6 can do is 59.7 cubic feet, which makes it one of the smallest luxury SUVs on the road. A family vehicle the BMW X6 is not.

Dual-Threat Performance

Although the Range Rover Sport and BMW X6 cater to two different sets of drivers, it’s clear that Land Rover’s SUV is better equipped for both off-road adventures and everyday errands.

Every 2017 Range Rover Sport trim comes with off-roading marvels like hill descent control, low traction launch, and four preset terrain drive modes. Activate the electronic air suspension system to raise the chassis up, and traverse the rocky trails at George Washington and Jefferson National Forests with ease. This Range Rover SUV even makes standing floodwater look like a puddle thanks to its 33.5-inch clearance. The Sport can also tow a maximum of 7,700 pounds versus the X6’s 6,000-pound capability.

The base Range Rover Sport SE is powered by a remarkable 3.0L supercharged V6 that produces 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, which beats out the BMW X6’s 300-horsepower inline-six. Upgrade to a Range Rover trim that features the efficient 254-horsepower turbodiesel engine, and you’re looking at 28 mpg on the highway. In contrast, the 2017 BMW X6 squeaks out just 25 mpg on the highway.


More Standard Features

One would expect a BMW to packed with driver-assist features, but there’s something amiss with the latest 2017 X6. Even with its steep sticker price, the BMW X6 comes standard with just blind-spot alerts and front and rear park sensors. No rearview camera. No lane-departure warnings. No emergency brake assist.

The 2017 Range Rover Sport, on the other hand, comes with the types of features you’d assume a luxury SUV would have. Of course, there’s a rearview camera and parking sensors, as well as autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, a built-in compass, and a remote starting system.

Drivers and those at our Roanoke Land Rover dealership have grown particularly fond of the Range Rover Sport’s enhanced infotainment system. Not only is the interface clean and simple to understand, but it also plays nice with your smartphone. Using Land Rover’s InControl app, you can launch and push all your favorite services straight onto the new 10.2-inch touchscreen. Once connected, you can even use your phone to view fuel levels, lock or unlock the SUV, receive notifications when alarms go off, start the engine, and adjust cabin temperatures.

The Range Rover Sport Wins by a Landslide

If you’re choosing an SUV in Lynchburg, VA, you want the space, features, and power to get you places. The X6 may miss the mark in these categories, but the 2017 Range Rover Sport picks up the slack, allowing you to yearn no longer. After all, you’re expecting the best, so you might as well get the best.

Visit our Land Rover dealership near Blacksburg, VA to test drive the all-new Range Rover Sport, and you’ll soon see why BMW’s “SAV” can’t stand up to this Land Rover SUV. Call us at (540) 344-6284 or visit Berglund Luxury Roanoke at 5000 Franklin Road SW to speak to our auto financing experts or inquire about our Range Rover Sport specials. We’ll gladly help you find a perfect used vehicle or new Land Rover model to suit your ideal lifestyle.
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