BMW X5 M vs. Grand Cherokee SRT8, Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Cayenne Turbo S

BMW X5 M | December 18th, 2009 by 23
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Car and Driver takes the high-end SUV comparisons to a whole new level. Recently, we have seen the BMW X5 M going tete-a-tete with the …

Car and Driver takes the high-end SUV comparisons to a whole new level. Recently, we have seen the BMW X5 M going tete-a-tete with the Audi Q7 V12 TDI and the Range Rover, but this time around, C&D gives us THE ultimate comparison: the controversial, but impressive BMW X5 M measured against the Grand Cherokee SRT8, Range Rover Sport Supercharged and Cayenne Turbo S.

Same as with the previous comparison, the X5 M takes the crown and its endorsement is even larger when coming from C&D.  But before we jump into their review, let’s have a look at each car’s technical specs:

First Place: BMW X5 M

The first all-wheel-drive BMW made by the Motorsport division, X5 M is powered by 4.4 liter V8 twin-scroll turbo engine that outputs 555 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm. It weighs 5,329 lbs and runs four seconds flat to 60 mph, 100 mph in 10 seconds, and the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds at 112 mph. Braking performance—162 feet from 70 mph.

BMW X5 M vs. Grand Cherokee SRT8, Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Cayenne Turbo S

Second Place: Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

The top dog in the Cayenne line-up is powered by a direct-injection, 4.8-liter twin-turbo aluminum V8, outputs 550 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque from 2,250 rpm. Runs from 0 to 60  mph in 4.1 seconds, 12.6 at 112 mph in the quarter-mile, 17.8 seconds to 130 mph. Braking performance—158 feet from 70 mph. Weight – 5,305 lbs

BMW X5 M vs. Grand Cherokee SRT8, Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Cayenne Turbo S

Third Place: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

SRT8 uses Chrysler’s 6.1-liter pushrod Hemi, a naturally aspirated engine. It has the lowed horsepower out of the four vehicles tested, 420 and 420 lb-ft of torque from 4,800 rpm. Still to 60 mph is reported in 4.4 seconds, 13.2 at 104 mph in the quarter-mile. Braking performance – 176 feet from 70 mph. Weight – 4,768 lbs.

BMW X5 M vs. Grand Cherokee SRT8, Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Cayenne Turbo S

Fourth Place: Rang Rover Sport Supercharged

The engine of choice is the new supercharged and intercooled 5.0-liter, aluminum V8, the same engine used in the Jaguar XFR sedan. Total horsepower? 510. Torque? 461 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 rpm. It reaches 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, 100 mph in 12.4 seconds, 13.7 seconds at 104 mph in the quarter-mile. Braking performance – 174 feet. Weight – 5,840 lbs, the heaviest in the test.

BMW X5 M vs. Grand Cherokee SRT8, Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Cayenne Turbo S

The full review can be found at Car and Driver and it should make for an interesting read.

  • Bryce

    Whoa, wouldn’t have expected the Grand Cherokee to be higher than a Range Rover. The Grand Cherokee’s getting a redesign this year as well, so if they build another SRT8 model then we’ll know that Jeep is really trying to compete in this market segment. Although, I’d still expect the Jeep to be the cheapest by a significant margin.

  • :p

    Wow first the CTS-V , then the Mustang GT500, and now the SRT-8, America is catching up to Europe realy fast. We may now be as luxurious but we are cheaper and our cars are as fast if not faster. *Waves U.S flag*

  • :p

    By the way, shouldn’t the Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG be included in the comparison

  • bmwm6

    SRT is a joke (except for viper) 6.1L only 420 hp dont give the naturally aspirated excuse BMW M5 5.0L 507 hp

  • Jael

    Why does the ML63 AMG keep getting left out of these comparisons? I would predict it would place third after the X5 and Cayenne.

  • Gray3

    Straight lline performance is about all you get from most American cars, except for the CTS-V. I’m impressed a bit with that caddy, but the feel of the drive is far from European. What good is all that American muscle if you can’t control it?

  • lol

    No real M car is 4wd. No real M car is turbo. No real M car has a torque converter.

    • Auday

      ditto

      • XC

        No real M car is a SUV!

  • Babken

    BMW RULES THE WORLD AS ALWAYS!

  • KidrauhlM5

    As always, good one from BMW. I’m quite surprised that the SRT8 is better than the Range Rover to be honest. We should include ML63 AMG to complete it and let them explain to the world, which is the best, but still it’s peoples opinion though.

  • viper

    the X5M won but Cayenne is faster , I dunno what decided for X5 to win this.
    I think they missed 63 AMG here instead they put cheap SRT8 with cheap plastics inside , what a huge difference between US and EU cars….Jesus..the RR looks like a yacht inside.

    • bmwm6

      how is the cayenne faster
      read the specs above lol

      • viper

        oh shit..4sec to 100?

    • :p

      Thats why the SRT-8 is half the price of all the other cars. Our cars were not built to look good cosmeticly, its built to look good in track times

  • E92-TORONTO

    LOL, Why Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 in this comparsion, not even in the same level.

    Should put ML63AMG and Audi Q7 12

  • x5m baby!!

    what track times are u talking about? the srt 8 around a track is rubbish! it handles like crap.. btw the x5 m got a faster time around the nurburgring than an m3!! that should say it all..

  • SRT8 ALL DAY

    take the money you got saved and instead of buying these overpriced euro trash luxury garbage, buy the SRT8, for 1/4 the price, use the rest for mods, then you have the REAL ultimate driving machine

    wood grain and aesthetic luxury is for DIVAS!!!!!!

    • XC

      OMG, another Viper…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1510990872 Wontae Cho

    Things change by time, its called evolution. THe X5M is the first AWD M model and First turbo M. But it is not a true M car, thats why the M designation comes after the model name hence”X5M” instead of MX5 or whatever…. However, I think this is an awesome car and it deserves some credit.

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    Point was they wanted BMW to win. So they removed off road test. U know the dril. They will cleverly craft the tests where BMWs are involved. I would pick Range rover/Cayenne.

  • http://www.floridalemonlawattorneys.com/ Florida Lemon Law

    Point was they wanted BMW to win. So they removed off road test. U know the dril. They will cleverly craft the tests where BMWs are involved. I would pick Range rover/Cayenne.

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    Point was they wanted BMW to win. So they removed off road test. U know
    the dril. They will cleverly craft the tests where BMWs are involved. I
    would pick Range rover/Cayenne.

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