2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X1 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Velar and X1 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Velar has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X1’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Velar. But it costs extra on the X1.

The Range Rover Velar offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X1 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Range Rover Velar’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Velar’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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

Engine

The Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 19 more horsepower (247 vs. 228) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 152 more horsepower (380 vs. 228) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Velar P380 is faster than the BMW X1:

 

Range Rover Velar

X1

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.7 MPH

90.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Velar D180 gets better fuel mileage than the X1 xDrive (26 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

The Range Rover Velar’s standard fuel tank has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (21.6 vs. 16.1 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover Velar’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X1:

 

Range Rover Velar

X1

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

11.8 inches

The Range Rover Velar stops shorter than the X1:

 

Range Rover Velar

X1

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the X1 (255/50R20 vs. 225/50R18). The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (265/45R21 vs. 225/50R18).

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 X1’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X1’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Range Rover Velar offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the X1, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

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 X1’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 X1 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the X1 (113.1 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Velar is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X1.

The Range Rover Velar’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the X1’s (56.5% to 43.5%). This gives the Range Rover Velar more stable handling and braking.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X1 xDrive28i (26.2 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (8.4 vs. 7.2 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 2.7 inches higher than on the X1 (9.9 vs. 7.2 inches).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE is quieter than the X1 xDrive28i (38 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Velar has 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X1 with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 27.1 cubic feet). The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X1 with its rear seat folded (70.1 vs. 58.7 cubic feet).

The Range Rover Velar’s cargo area is larger than the X1’s in almost every dimension:

 

Range Rover Velar

X1

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/70.4”

35.1”/69”

Max Width

49.1”

51.5”

Min Width

43”

39.5”

Height

30.7”

33”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Range Rover Velar’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X1 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The Range Rover Velar has a 5291 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Range Rover Velar is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the X1. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X1, 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 X1 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Range Rover Velar to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X1 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 X1 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 X1 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the X1 offer available heated front seats. The Range Rover Velar S/SE/HSE also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X1.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Range Rover Velar (except Base) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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