2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Range Rover Velar and the E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Land Rover vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Land Rover 28th in initial quality. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

Engine

The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 84 more horsepower (380 vs. 296) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 295) than the E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (318 vs. 269) than the E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (318 vs. 295) than the E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Velar D180 gets better fuel mileage than the E-Pace P250 (26 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The Range Rover Velar’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the E-Pace are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the E-Pace. The Range Rover Velar’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the E-Pace.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Velar has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The E-Pace’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Range Rover Velar P380 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Velar’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the E-Pace (113 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Velar is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the E-Pace.

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the E-Pace (8.4 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Range Rover Velar to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Velar P380’s minimum ground clearance is 3.5 inches higher than on the E-Pace (9.9 vs. 6.4 inches).

Chassis

The design of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover Velar has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the E-Pace (.34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover Velar get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Velar has 1.1 inches more front shoulder room and 2.1 inches more rear legroom than the E-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the E-Pace with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (70.1 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

The Range Rover Velar’s cargo area is larger than the E-Pace’s in almost every dimension:

 

Range Rover Velar

E-Pace

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/70.7”

31.7”/61.7”

Max Width

49.1”

51.6”

Min Width

43”

41.6”

Height

41.1”

29.4”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Range Rover Velar’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The E-Pace doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The Range Rover Velar’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the E-Pace’s (5291 vs. 3968 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jaguar E-Pace is only 3968 pounds. The Range Rover Velar offers up to a 5512 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Range Rover Velar is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the E-Pace. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the E-Pace, the Range Rover Velar HSE has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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