2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Q5 and the Range Rover Velar have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Velar has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q5’s warranty.

Reliability

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Range Rover Velar’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q5’s reliability 62 points higher than the Range Rover Velar.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Q5 is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Q5

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.5 sec

20.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better city fuel mileage than the Range Rover Velar P250 (22 city/27 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover Velar requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q5 has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Velar Diesel’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Q5 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Q5’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Velar:

 

Q5

Range Rover Velar

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The Q5 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

 

Q5

Range Rover Velar

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Q5 Prestige handles at .79 G’s, while the Range Rover Velar S pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Velar S (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

The Q5 is 5.3 inches shorter than the Range Rover Velar, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Q5 is 5.5 inches narrower than the Range Rover Velar, making the Q5 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 3.6 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Velar.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The Q5 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Range Rover Velar.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar isn't recommended.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by almost four to one during the 2018 model year.

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