The posh SUV test
BMW X5 takes on Range Rover Sport TDV6 and Cayenne Diesel in the war of the big 4x4s
Posted: 12 Feb 2014
In fact, according to the reams of technical info on these three, the one thing that crops up a lot is that they are uncannily similar. All have 8spd automatics with clever acronym-laden explanations for their complex AWD systems. All have 3.0-litre 6cyl diesel engines, the Rangie and the Porsche arranged in a vee, the BMW a straight. They all weigh within 80kg of each other - the RRS the heaviest at 2,160kg, the Porsche the lightest at 2,080kg, the BMW in-between at 2,145kg - and they all get to 62mph within a second of one another - BMW 6.9, Range Rover 7.1 and Porsche 7.6. The Porsche and the RRS both manage just under 40mpg according to the combined cycle (39.2 and 38.7mpg respectively), the newer X5 managing a not-puny 45.6. Oh, and they all produce in the region of 250bhp. But you can actually read the specs if you want to find out exactly how much.
Suffice it to say that if car purchases were entirely based on spreadsheets, then this would be a case of the eenie-meenie-minie-mo school of decision-making. But you buy a car with more than just a points tally, and that's a good thing, because these three are entirely different in character.