2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 Porsche Macan

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 Macan 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 Macan’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 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 Macan 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 Macan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

Engine

The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 32 more horsepower (380 vs. 348) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.

The Range Rover Velar’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 273) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Range Rover Velar’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (21.6 vs. 19.8 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 Macan.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the Macan (255/50R20 vs. 235/60R18).

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

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Macan (113.1 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

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

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (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 .9 inch higher than on the Macan (9.9 vs. 9 inches).

Chassis

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 significantly lower than the Macan (.36) 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

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover Velar S/SE/HSE’s rear seats recline. The Macan’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 Macan with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (70.1 vs. 52.9 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Velar’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Macan doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

The Range Rover Velar’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Macan’s (5291 vs. 4409 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Porsche Macan is only 4409 pounds. The Range Rover Velar offers up to a 5512 lbs. towing capacity.

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 Macan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Macan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Macan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Range Rover Velar detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Macan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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