2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 BMW X6

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 X6 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Velar and X6 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 X6’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 X6.

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 X6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the X6 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, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Engine

The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 78 more horsepower (380 vs. 302) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 295) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 295) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Velar P380 is faster than the X6 xDrive35i:

 

Range Rover Velar

X6

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.7 MPH

95.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Velar D180 gets better fuel mileage than the X6 xDrive35i (26 city/30 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

Tires and Wheels

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 X6, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Velar’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the X6’s (38.1 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X6 (8.4 vs. 8.3 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 1.6 inches higher than on the X6 (9.9 vs. 8.3 inches).

Chassis

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the BMW X6.

The Range Rover Velar is 4.9 inches shorter than the X6, making the Range Rover Velar easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover Velar has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the X6 (.34 to .35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover Velar get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Velar has .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.6 inches more rear legroom than the X6.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover Velar S/SE/HSE’s rear seats recline. The X6’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X6 with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 26.6 cubic feet). The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X6 with its rear seat folded (70.1 vs. 59.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Range Rover Velar’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X6 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Velar has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Recommendations

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar outsold the BMW X6 by over two to one during 2018.

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