2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Compared to metal, the X1’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar has a metal gas tank.

Both the X1 and the Range Rover Velar have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 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 X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Velar.

There are almost 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Velar isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 73 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 77 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X1 is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250:

 

X1

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

20.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

9.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Velar:

 

 

 

MPG

X1

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Range Rover Velar

 

AWD

P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

 

 

P380 3.0 Supercharged V6

18 city/24 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar (1 to 7). This means the X1 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Range Rover Velar every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X1’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 X1’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Velar:

 

X1

Range Rover Velar

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The X1 stops shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

 

X1

Range Rover Velar

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X1’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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Velar S (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Range Rover Velar’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

The X1 is 1 foot, 1.5 inches shorter than the Range Rover Velar, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The X1 is 8.3 inches narrower than the Range Rover Velar, making the X1 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i is quieter than the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE (75 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

The X1 has 3.8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more rear headroom than the Range Rover Velar.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X1 easier. The X1’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Range Rover Velar’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 45% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The X1 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.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the X1 has a standard extendable sun visor. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Range Rover Velar isn’t in the top three.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Range Rover Velar has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The BMW X1 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by 86% during the 2018 model year.

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