2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Compared to metal, the X2’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 X2 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 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 X2’s warranty.

Reliability

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 X2’s reliability 40 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 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

The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (302 vs. 247) and 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 269) than the Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250:

 

X2

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.5 sec

20.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

9.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Velar:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 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 X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar (1 to 7). This means the X2 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Range Rover Velar every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X2’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 X2’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Velar:

 

X2

Range Rover Velar

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The X2 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

 

X2

Range Rover Velar

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X2’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 available on the X2 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 X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 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 X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Velar S (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Range Rover Velar’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X2 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 X2 is 1 foot, 4.7 inches shorter than the Range Rover Velar, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The X2 is 8.2 inches narrower than the Range Rover Velar, making the X2 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE:

 

X2

Range Rover Velar

At idle

37 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

67 dB

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

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Velar’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

The X2 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

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar isn't recommended.

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