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SRT vs X5 vs Range Rover Sport

Unfortunately I did not go with the SRT, but maybe this will help someone. Currently have a 2011 Overland and it's been great, but looking for something a bit more fun this time. I've lurked on this forum forever and planned to order a 2014 SRT, but decided to look around. Here were the options and my take after lots of driving and looking at them all:
2014 SRT:
- love the look
- interior nice, but materials need some upgrading (needs to be at least as nice as summit)
- great fun
- ride is a bit rough, drastically more so than overland
- engine/ road noise a bit loud
- if you can call $63k a bargain, it is! (huge discounts won't help resale)
- most people can't fathom a $63k Jeep
- dealer experience - so bad - atmosphere, sales, service all really bad
- warranty - shorter than most

2014 BMW X5 xdrive50:
- interior a bit boring, but much nicer than SRT and electronics/ infotainment are very impressive
- exterior - I don't care for redesign at all - no offense but not very manly - very blah
- ride/ steering much better than SRT
- 445hp, but lacks the "fun" of the SRT
- dealer experience - lightyears ahead of Jeep
- at $73k for similarly equipped, at least $10k more than SRT
- some discounts, but not huge as still new and not many available
- great warranty, included service is nice
- BMW has amazing lease deals if that's your thing

2014 Range Rover Sport Supercharged:
- love the look, wish there was slightly less plastic trim and more like SRT
- interior is spectacular, materials well above others
- infotainment is pretty bad, way below BMW, close to Jeep
- 510hp is amazing
- ride/ steering is excellent blend of excitement and comfort, as fun as SRT with better steering and less harsh
- dealer experience - very good
- at $81k, big step up from other two (and virtually no discounts as they are sold out for months)
- warranty good, but Land Rover reputation for quality is terrible, but seems to be improving

I ordered the Range Rover, but the knowledge and info from this forum is great and nearly swayed my decision. No other forums compare. I am sure I'll be back with or without a SRT.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:11 AM
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Re: SRT vs X5 vs Range Rover Sport

I am also going to order a 2014 Range Rover Sport (Autobiography with almost every option) in the next few months and found the same thing you did. However, I don't mind the plastic trim on the Range Rover Sport's exterior (makes it look more rugged), and you can get rid of it if you want (at least on the ATB).
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Thanks for sharing your review. I totally understand where you are coming from. What I have noticed is you are not the first person to comment on the ride quality specifically on the JGC SRT but with the road noise, not so much.

Regardless, I am pretty sure those two observations/experiences you had can be directly attributed to the Pirelli run-flat tires one way or another. Although I have the all season Pirelli version, maybe the people with the 3 season/summer tires can attest to the road noise. If you ever get a chance, hit some of the Corvette and BMW forums (late model 3 series), and you will notice the people running factory equipped run-flats have the same stark comments about the ride quality which consequently were alleviated when they swapped out their run flats with a non run flat tire.

BFG KDWs now KDW 2s (2nd gen) is popular choice of tire replacement from the run flats, which was where I was going to go, but I found the run flats to be surprisingly capable and comfortable. But again, I understand that some people have a different baseline of what comfortable is. Where I think personally that the Jeep, at least in ownership comparison to both a 4runner and Mustang, is significantly more comfortable than both in many regards (road noise, ride quality). I do find at times though my 4runner's seats to be more cushy than the JGC SRT seats, but the support makes up for it on the SRT. Needless to say, the mustang's seats are bar none sub-par. If my GT was a (Leguna Seca, Boss 302, GT 500, etc.) with the Recaros, but that's another story in itself for another time.

I too have found this forum to be a treasure trove of information about the WK2, and WK2 SRT platform and had it not been for this forum, I would have not bought my JGC SRT and that is no BS.
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Re: SRT vs X5 vs Range Rover Sport

First off congrats!

But I have to say I don't get it. There is absolutely nothing about the Range Rover that appeals to me. The only one I'd even consider is the big body. Even then, it's such a common vehicle in Houston it turns me off. I've ridden in them, I've driven them. I don't even think the interior looks nice. I've never understand the fascination with Range Rover...now the LR Defender, I get it!

The '14 X5 is a much better vehicle to me. It doesn't have the gawk factory but it's all around the best built of the bunch. The interior is spectacular, leagues ahead of my wife's ML which is unusual considering when it comes to interiors Mercedes > BMW > Audi. Same goes for snob factor. I'm afraid to see the 2015 X5M when it comes out. It's gonna be a bad MF. I kind of wish they'd slow it down a bit to allow the Jeep to catch up.

Regardless, I hope the quality issues are resolved and you enjoy the RR in good health. I just had to drop the fact that I cannot for the life of me see the appeal.
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Re: SRT vs X5 vs Range Rover Sport

JeepGCOverland - I prefer the look of the autobiography, but another $20k with no engine change and all I cared about was painted trim pieces, so I just couldn't do it. The AB is approaching 2x a SRT, but definitely a nice vehicle.

Red Suns - I am sure run flats are part of the ride quality equation. As a driver I didn't mind, wife and kids thought it a bit jarring. On comfort, I find my GC super comfortable and I like the firm seats. Interiors are great and my comments are minor at best... some plastic trim could be better, headliner should be upgraded like the Summit, etc. With that, after 3 years, the interior shows virtually no wear.

I don't doubt your comments regarding this forum... I hope Jeep understands and appreciates it!
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JeepGCOverland - I prefer the look of the autobiography, but another $20k with no engine change and all I cared about was painted trim pieces, so I just couldn't do it. The AB is approaching 2x a SRT, but definitely a nice vehicle.

Red Suns - I am sure run flats are part of the ride quality equation. As a driver I didn't mind, wife and kids thought it a bit jarring. On comfort, I find my GC super comfortable and I like the firm seats. Interiors are great and my comments are minor at best... some plastic trim could be better, headliner should be upgraded like the Summit, etc. With that, after 3 years, the interior shows virtually no wear.

I don't doubt your comments regarding this forum... I hope Jeep understands and appreciates it!
I completely understand. I was going to load up the Supercharged to what the Autobiography has anyways, and it was only a few thousand more to get the Autobiography. I figured, "why not", and the Autobiography has significantly better resale value.
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I went the other way and ordered a supercharged but virtually nothing additional other than contrasting roof.

Akon - I've always liked the range rover look but seemed overpriced. With the new range rover in 2013 and sport in 2014 they have taken it all to another level from where they were. Apparently some agree as they have long wait lists, big markups, and used selling at new prices and more.

Regardless, any of these are very nice cars.
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Re: SRT vs X5 vs Range Rover Sport

you are an idiot for getting the range rover. thats all.
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I went the other way and ordered a supercharged but virtually nothing additional other than contrasting roof.

Akon - I've always liked the range rover look but seemed overpriced. With the new range rover in 2013 and sport in 2014 they have taken it all to another level from where they were. Apparently some agree as they have long wait lists, big markups, and used selling at new prices and more.

Regardless, any of these are very nice cars.
I just picked up a 2014 RR Sport...the demand far outweighs the supply. So much so in fact the dealer said if we didn't like it 3-4 months down the road we could return no questions asked for something different and we would get full purchase price. They have no trouble selling them, used or otherwise at full price. Sticker is about all the deal you can get.

Ours is Aintree Green (looks like British racing green) and a search turned up the only one in the country for now. Order times are 6-9 months. Most dealerships are charging markups. Its a nice truck with quality materials and workmanship. The Jeep can't touch it there, and in the performance category, it runs away there also. You do pay...but if you can, I would recommend.
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X5- interior a bit boring, but much nicer than SRT and electronics/ infotainment are very impressive
To me the dash looks very outdated, the Jeep has a MUCH nicer and much more intuitive layout for the radio and other controls.. and don't get me started on the "designed by morons" iDrive system.
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