2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

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Safety

Both the Range Rover Velar and QX30 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 QX30’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 QX30.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the QX30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar weighs 545 to 1186 pounds more than the Infiniti QX30. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Engine

The Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 39 more horsepower (247 vs. 208) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 172 more horsepower (380 vs. 208) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 258) than the QX30’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 QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Range Rover Velar P380 is faster than the Infiniti QX30:

 

Range Rover Velar

QX30

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.6 sec

18.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Velar D180 gets better fuel mileage than the QX30 AWD (26 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Velar’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX30 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Range Rover Velar Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Velar’s standard fuel tank has 6.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.6 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover Velar, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX30.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover Velar’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:

 

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar

QX30

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

11.6 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 QX30 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the QX30 (255/50R20 vs. 235/50R18). The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX30 (265/45R21 vs. 235/50R18).

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 QX30’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar offers optional 21-inch wheels. The QX30’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 QX30, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 QX30’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 QX30 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the QX30 (113.1 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Velar is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.

The Range Rover Velar’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the QX30’s (59.7% to 40.3%). 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 QX30 Essential AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX30 (8.4 vs. 8 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 1.9 inches higher than on the QX30 (9.9 vs. 8 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 QX30 Essential AWD (38 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Velar has 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover Velar S/SE/HSE’s rear seats recline. The QX30’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 QX30 with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (70.1 vs. 34 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Range Rover Velar’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The QX30 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Velar S/SE/HSE’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

The Range Rover Velar has a 5291 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Range Rover Velar uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 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 QX30. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Velar and the QX30 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 QX30 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 QX30’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 QX30’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 QX30 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 QX30 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the QX30 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 QX30.

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 QX30 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar outsold the Infiniti QX30 by over two to one during 2018.

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