2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge 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 Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, 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.

Compared to metal, the Edge’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 Edge 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, 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 front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Velar. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Velar ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 18 times as many Ford dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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 Edge’s reliability 31 points higher than the Range Rover Velar.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (250 vs. 247) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 269) than the Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Edge 2.0 Turbo is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250:

Edge

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.8 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Edge

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

Range Rover Velar

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/24 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge 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 Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Velar Diesel’s standard fuel tank (18.4 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Edge stops much shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

Edge

Range Rover Velar

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge ST handles at .88 G’s, while the Range Rover Velar S pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Velar S (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge ST uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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

Edge

Range Rover Velar

At idle

37 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

The Edge has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Velar.

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Velar with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 34.4 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Velar with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 70.1 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Velar’s in every dimension:

Edge

Range Rover Velar

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.7”/74.8”

40.7”/70.4”

Max Width

63.3”

49.1”

Min Width

45.3”

43”

Height

34.5”

30.7”

Ergonomics

The Edge offers a 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Edge Titanium/ST offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

The Edge (except SE) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Edge 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 Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar isn't recommended.

The Ford Edge outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by almost 8 to one during 2018.

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