2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

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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 Chevrolet Blazer doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Velar and Blazer 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 Blazer’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 Blazer.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the Blazer 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Range Rover Velar comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Blazer’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Range Rover Velar’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Blazer runs out after 100,000 miles.

Engine

The Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 54 more horsepower (247 vs. 193) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 75 more horsepower (380 vs. 305) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 129 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Range Rover Velar

 

AWD

D180 3.0 turbo V6 Diesel

26 city/30 hwy

 

 

P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

Blazer

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Velar’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Blazer doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar

Blazer

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.64 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

12.4 inches

The Range Rover Velar’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Blazer are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the Blazer (255/50R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The Range Rover Velar’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Blazer’s standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 45 series tires.

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 Blazer, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Velar has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Velar’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Blazer’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover Velar S/SE/HSE’s rear seats recline. The Blazer’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 Blazer with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 30.5 cubic feet). The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Blazer with its rear seat folded (70.1 vs. 64.2 cubic feet).

Towing

The Range Rover Velar’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (5291 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Chevrolet Blazer is only 4500 pounds. The Range Rover Velar offers up to a 5512 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Range Rover Velar is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Blazer. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Blazer (except L/LT), 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) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Blazer doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Range Rover Velar’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Blazer’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The Range Rover Velar’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the Range Rover Velar S/SE/HSE is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Blazer’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Range Rover Velar’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Blazer doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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