2019 Volvo V90 vs. 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The V90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 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 Volvo V90 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Land Rover doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Range Rover Velar. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V90 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, 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.

Compared to metal, the V90’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar has a metal gas tank.

Both the V90 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

The V90’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Velar.

There are over 75 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the V90’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 29th in initial quality. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 22nd in reliability. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The V90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (250 vs. 247) than the Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the V90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Range Rover Velar P380 3.0 supercharged V6:

 

V90

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

5.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.5 sec

14.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.2 sec

4.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

The V90 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The V90 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

 

V90

Range Rover Velar

 

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The V90’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Velar’s standard 60 series tires. The V90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover Velar’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover Velar.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V90’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Range Rover Velar (115.8 inches vs. 113 inches).

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .94 G’s, while the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Volvo V90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

The V90 is 6 inches narrower than the Range Rover Velar, making the V90 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The V90 is 7.4 inches shorter in height than the Range Rover Velar, making the V90 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the V90 T6 AWD Inscription is quieter than the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE (74 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

The V90 has 1.9 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Velar.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V90 easier. The V90’s trunk lift-over height is 24 inches, while the Range Rover Velar’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

The V90’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Velar’s in every dimension:

 

V90

Range Rover Velar

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

45.4”/78.3”

40.7”/70.7”

Min Width

43.3”

43”

Ergonomics

The V90 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The V90 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the V90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Range Rover Velar.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the V90 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer cornering lights. The V90 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The V90 offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The V90 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Range Rover Velar has never been an “All Star.”

The Volvo 90 Series outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by 80% during 2017.

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