2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

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 Honda CR-V doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Velar and CR-V 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 CR-V’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 CR-V.

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 CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the CR-V 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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar weighs 508 to 1164 pounds more than the Honda CR-V. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Range Rover Velar’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CR-V’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

The Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 63 more horsepower (247 vs. 184) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar P250’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 57 more horsepower (247 vs. 190) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 190 more horsepower (380 vs. 190) and 153 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 137 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 138 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Range Rover Velar P250 is faster than the CR-V LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.:

 

Range Rover Velar

CR-V

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

8.6 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Velar P380 is faster than the CR-V 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Range Rover Velar

CR-V

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.7 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover Velar’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Velar Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (15.8 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Velar’s standard fuel tank has 7.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (21.6 vs. 14 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar

CR-V

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

10.2 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 CR-V are solid, not vented.

The Range Rover Velar stops shorter than the CR-V:

 

Range Rover Velar

CR-V

 

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the CR-V (255/50R20 vs. 235/65R17). The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR-V (265/45R21 vs. 235/65R17).

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 CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX. The Range Rover Velar’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Velar has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V’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 CR-V’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 CR-V doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Range Rover Velar has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the CR-V (113.1 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Velar is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CR-V.

The Range Rover Velar’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the CR-V’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Range Rover Velar more stable handling and braking.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE handles at .84 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .82 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 2.1 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (26.2 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CR-V (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 CR-V (9.9 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD:

 

Range Rover Velar

CR-V

At idle

38 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

78 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Towing

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

Servicing Ease

The Range Rover Velar uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CR-V uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

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

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the CR-V EX-L/Touring, 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 CR-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Velar and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Range Rover Velar is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Range Rover Velar’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or 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 CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 CR-V 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 CR-V doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Range Rover Velar has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Range Rover Velar’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Range Rover Velar S/SE/HSE has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR-V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the CR-V 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 CR-V.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Range Rover Velar S/SE/HSE’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Range Rover Velar has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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