2023 Land Rover Range Rover vs. BMW X7 vs Mercedes-Benz GLS

2023 Land Rover Range Rover vs. BMW X7 vs Mercedes-Benz GLS

Power, prestige, and precision craftsmanship are only three hallmark characteristics of the quintessential full-size luxury SUV. Embodying all three of these essential qualities and more, the dynamic Range Rover has remained the standard for its segment for decades. Its iconic status has been elevated even further with a recent redesign, helping the Range Rover bolster its already impressive appeal. To help demonstrate how the Range Rover remains the best choice in its class, we’ve taken the time to compare it against two of its most formidable rivals – the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS. Ready to discover all of the competitive advantages of the Range Rover? Let’s get started!

Range Rover vs BMW X7

Range Rover

2023 Range Rover SE

 

VS.

BMW X7

2023 BMW X7 xDrive40i

3.0L Turbo I-6 (395 HP / 406 LB-FT TQ) ✓ Performance 3.0L Twin-Turbo I-6 (375 HP / 331 LB-FT TQ)
5.5 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 5.8 seconds
7,716 pounds ✓ Max Towing Capacity 5,400 pounds
Electronic Active Differential ✓ Limited Slip Differential Not Available
Adaptive Dynamics ✓ Adaptive Suspension Not Available
Lane Keep Assist Active ✓ Active Lane Keep Assist Not Available
Adaptive Cruise Control w/Steering Assist Hands-On ✓ Semi-Autonomous Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
19 ✓ Number of Speakers 10
Genuine Windsor Leather ✓ Upholstery Type Sensatec Leatherette
40.0 / 40.4 inches ✓ Front / Rear Legroom 39.8 / 37.6 inches
60.8 / 59.2 inches ✓ Front / Rear Shoulder Room 60 / 58.1 inches
37.1 feet ✓ Turning Radius 42.8 feet

First up to face off against the Range Rover is the rival BMW X7. Starting with performance, the Range Rover begins with a noticeable 20-horsepower advantage along with 75 additional lb-ft of torque compared to the X7. This power advantage results in a faster 0 to 60 time for the Range Rover. Better still, you’ll also enjoy a significantly higher maximum towing capacity when you choose Land Rover over BMW.

Speaking of towing, launching your boat on a slippery ramp is made simpler thanks to a standard Electronic Active Differential included as standard on the Range Rover. Also great for helping to manage a heavy trailer weight or for staying composed at high speeds, the Adaptive Dynamics adaptive suspension of the Range Rover helps deliver a stable and composed ride at all times. These great features are not available on the BMW X7.

When it comes to active safety technologies, BMW is once again no match for Land Rover. The Range Rover SE comes standard with both Lane Keep Assist Active and Adaptive Cruise Control, both of which add confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel. Once again, X7 shoppers will have to make sacrifices by choosing their BMW. Other advantages for the Range Rover include a greater number of speakers, authentic leather upholstery, greater front and rear legroom, and a significantly shorter turning radius.

Range Rover vs Mercedes-Benz GLS

Range Rover

2023 Range Rover SE

 

VS.

Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

3.0L Turbo I-6 (395 HP / 406 LB-FT TQ) ✓ Performance 3.0L Twin-Turbo I-6 (362 HP / 369 LB-FT TQ)
150 MPH / 5.5 seconds ✓ Top Speed / 0-60 Time 130 MPH / 5.9 seconds
Electronic Active Differential ✓ Limited Slip Differential Not Available
21 inches ✓ Wheel Size 20 inches
19 ✓ Number of Speakers 13
Standard ✓ Rear Traffic Monitor Warning Not Available
Standard ✓ Traffic Sign Recognition Optional
Adaptive Cruise Control w/Steering Assist Hands-On ✓ Semi-Autonomous Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Standard ✓ Heated Rear Seats Not Available
Genuine Windsor Leather ✓ Upholstery MB-Tex Leatherette
37.1 feet ✓ Turning Radius 39.4 feet

Next up to challenge the Range Rover is the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV. As we saw in the prior matchup, performance is the first area in which the Range Rover tops the GLS. Under the hood, you’ll have access to an unbridled 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. That’s a sizable 33 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque more than the GLS. This advantage translates to a 20 MPH higher top speed and a faster 0 to 60 time as well. If power is what you crave, the obvious choice is the Range Rover SE.

A standard Electronic Active Differential helps transfer power to the road surface while maintaining traction and control. Adding to its more composed stance on the road, the Range Rover comes standard with larger 21-inch alloy wheels. You’ll also receive a superior listening experience from a standard 19-speaker Meridian premium audio system inside of your Range Rover.

Key active driver-assist systems included as standard on the Range Rover include Traffic Sign Recognition, Rear Traffic Monitor Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist Hands-On. All three provide additional confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel. Unfortunately for Mercedes-Benz shoppers, all three are also either entirely unavailable or costly options on the GLS SUV. Rounding out the list of advantages for the Range Rover are heated outboard rear seats, authentic leather upholstery, and a shorter turning radius.

Range Rover Side Profile

Winner – Range Rover

No matter which category you investigate, the competition from BMW and Mercedes-Benz simply cannot compete with the excellence found across the entire Range Rover model lineup. From premium luxury features and cutting-edge safety innovations to capable performance and impeccable design, the Range Rover continues to set the benchmark for its class. Ready to experience the ultimate full-size luxury SUV for yourself? Visit us at Land Rover Easton today!