2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

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Safety

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The XC60’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 XC60 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 XC60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move 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 XC60 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 XC60’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 XC60 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 91 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Velar has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 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 XC60’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the XC60’s reliability 20 points higher than the Range Rover Velar.

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

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The XC60 has more powerful engines than the Range Rover Velar:

Horsepower

Torque

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Velar P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Velar P380 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the XC60 T5 is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250:

XC60

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Velar D180 (60 city/58 hwy MPGe vs. 26 city/30 hwy).

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The Range Rover Velar must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The XC60 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.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo XC60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar (1 to 7). This means the XC60 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Range Rover Velar every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The XC60 stops shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

XC60

Range Rover Velar

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .87 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.

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Range Rover Velar’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Range Rover Velar (8.5 vs. 8.4 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

The XC60 is 4.5 inches shorter than the Range Rover Velar, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The XC60 is 5.1 inches narrower than the Range Rover Velar, making the XC60 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Velar.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 24.3 inches, while the Range Rover Velar’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

Ergonomics

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The XC60 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 XC60’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Range Rover Velar, and is not available on all models.

The XC60 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.

Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Velar’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC60 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC60 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Model Availability

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The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The Volvo XC60 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by almost four to one during 2017.

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