2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 Honda Passport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Range Rover Velar and Passport 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 Passport’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 Passport.

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 Passport 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 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 Passport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the Passport have standard driver and passenger frontal 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 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 Passport’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 Passport’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

The Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 100 more horsepower (380 vs. 280) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

Passport

 

FWD

3.5 SOHC V6

20 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

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

The Range Rover Velar’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Passport (21.6 vs. 19.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar

Passport

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.6 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 Passport are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the Passport (255/50R20 vs. 245/50R20).

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 Passport Touring/Elite’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Passport’s largest wheels are only 20-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 Passport, 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 Passport’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 Passport’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 Passport doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Passport (113.1 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

The Range Rover Velar’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Passport’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Range Rover Velar more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Velar’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Passport AWD’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.3 feet). The Range Rover Velar’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Passport’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Passport (8.4 vs. 8.1 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 1.8 inches higher than on the Passport (9.9 vs. 8.1 inches).

Towing

The Range Rover Velar’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Passport’s (5291 vs. 3500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Honda Passport is only 5000 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 Passport 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 Passport. 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 in the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite, 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 Passport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Velar and the Passport 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 Passport 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 Passport’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Passport’s standard 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 Passport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite.

The Range Rover Velar’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Passport’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Passport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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