2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 Audi Q5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Range Rover Velar’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Engine

The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 132 more horsepower (380 vs. 248) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Velar P380 is faster than the Audi Q5:

 

Range Rover Velar

Q5

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.7 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Velar D180 gets better fuel mileage than the Q5 (26 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/27 hwy).

The Range Rover Velar’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (21.6 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover Velar, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q5.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover Velar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

 

Range Rover Velar

Q5

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

The Range Rover Velar stops much shorter than the Q5:

 

Range Rover Velar

Q5

 

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the Q5 (255/50R20 vs. 235/60R18). The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (265/45R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Q5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Velar has a standard continuously variable suspension system. Using sensors on steering angle, speed and other driver inputs, the shocks soften to improve ride, or stiffen when appropriate to aid handling on tricky roads or off-road. The Q5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover Velar P380 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Velar’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Q5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Q5 (113.1 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Velar is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Q5.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE handles at .84 G’s, while the Q5 Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Q5 Prestige (26.2 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (8.4 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover Velar to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Velar P380’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the Q5 (9.9 vs. 8.2 inches).

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 25.1 cubic feet). The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (70.1 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Towing

The Range Rover Velar’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q5’s (5291 vs. 4400 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Audi Q5 is only 4400 pounds. The Range Rover Velar offers up to a 5512 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Q5, the Range Rover Velar HSE has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover Velar (except Base)’s optional Entry and Exit Mode raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Velar has a standard rear speed-sensitive intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Range Rover Velar’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Q5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Velar offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Q5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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