2019 Infiniti QX30 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 Infiniti QX30 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.

Both the QX30 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Range Rover Velar’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 2 years and 20,000 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 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Velar ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (7 vs. 6 years).

There are over 23 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the QX30’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 QX30’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 Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 68 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 Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 84 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250:

 

QX30

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.1 sec

20.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

9.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.7 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Velar:

 

 

 

MPG

QX30

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

Range Rover Velar

 

AWD

D180 2.0 turbo diesel 4 cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

 

 

P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

 

 

3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/24 hwy

Transmission

The QX30 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

 

QX30

Range Rover Velar

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The QX30’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 QX30 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

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Range Rover Velar’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Range Rover Velar’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1000 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

The QX30 is 1 foot, 2.7 inches shorter than the Range Rover Velar, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 8.8 inches narrower on average than the Range Rover Velar, making the QX30 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The QX30 is 7.6 inches shorter in height than the Range Rover Velar, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE (76 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

The QX30 has .3 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more front legroom than the Range Rover Velar.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX30 easier. The QX30’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.1 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 Infiniti service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 64% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The QX30 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 QX30 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 help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX30 Sport/Essential has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

The QX30 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

The Infiniti QX30 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by over two to one during 2017.

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