2019 Audi Q8 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q8’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 Q8 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 Q8 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies 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.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q8 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Q8 and the Range Rover Velar 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi Q8 weighs 533 to 984 pounds more than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Q8’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 Q8’s warranty.

Reliability

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

The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 88 more horsepower (335 vs. 247) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 269) than the Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q8 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 Q8 has 6.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Velar Diesel’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q8 has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Velar’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 21.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Velar:

 

Q8

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Velar (275/50R20 vs. 255/50R20). The Q8’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Velar (285/45R21 vs. 265/45R21).

The Q8’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Velar’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover Velar. The Q8’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Range Rover Velar.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q8’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Range Rover Velar (117.9 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q8 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Range Rover Velar.

Passenger Space

The Q8 has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Velar.

Towing

The Q8’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Velar’s (7700 vs. 5291 pounds).

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 Q8 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Q8’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Range Rover Velar, and is not available on all models.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q8 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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