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2021 BMW X5 vs. 2021 Land Rover Defender Review

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2021 BMW
X5

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2021 Land Rover
Defender

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MSRP*
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$59,400 to $82,800
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$46,100 to $83,000
Invoice* $55,740 to $77,505 $43,334 to $78,020
MPG - City 16 - 21 17 - 18
MPG - Hwy 22 - 26 20 - 22
Engine(s) Inline-6, V-8 Inline-4, Inline-6
Seating Capacity 5 - 7 6 - 7
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat may find themselves a little more cramped in the BMW X5 than the Land Rover Defender. The BMW X5 offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Land Rover Defender, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the BMW X5 as you will with the Land Rover Defender, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the BMW X5 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Land Rover Defender. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The BMW X5 carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Land Rover Defender.

Dimensions
The BMW X5 is about the same width as the Land Rover Defender. If you go with the BMW X5, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Land Rover Defender.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the BMW X5 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Land Rover Defender.

Handling
The BMW X5 has a significantly larger turning radius than the Land Rover Defender, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
With the Land Rover Defender, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than with the BMW X5. The BMW X5 has a little less horsepower than the Land Rover Defender.

Utility
The BMW X5 offers greater seating capacity than the Land Rover Defender, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The BMW X5 has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Land Rover Defender.

Warranty
The BMW X5 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Land Rover Defender.