2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Macan has standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Macan and the Range Rover Velar 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 crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 9 percent more Porsche dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Macan’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 81 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 104 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (352 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Macan has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Velar Diesel’s standard fuel tank (19.8 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Macan offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Macan’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Macan

Macan S

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

The Macan’s standard 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Velar’s standard 60 series tires. The Macan’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover Velar’s optional 40 series tires.

Chassis

The Macan is 4 inches shorter than the Range Rover Velar, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Macan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 62% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Macan offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations

The Porsche Macan outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by 38% during 2018.

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