2020 Acura RDX 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 Acura RDX 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.

Compared to metal, the RDX’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 RDX and the Range Rover Velar have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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 IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Velar has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Velar. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Velar ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 56 percent more Acura dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the RDX’s warranty.

Reliability

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 RDX’s reliability 20 points higher than the Range Rover Velar.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 24th in initial quality. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 26th in reliability. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (272 vs. 247) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 269) than the Range Rover Velar P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Acura RDX is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250:

RDX

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

8.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Acura RDX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover Velar requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The RDX has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Velar Diesel’s standard fuel tank (17.1 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The RDX 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.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Acura RDX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Range Rover Velar.

Brakes and Stopping

The RDX stops much shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

RDX

Range Rover Velar

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The RDX’s standard 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.

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

The RDX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The RDX AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Range Rover Velar S pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The RDX AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Velar S (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

The Acura RDX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

The RDX is 5.2 inches narrower than the Range Rover Velar, making the RDX easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The RDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The RDX has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Velar.

Cargo Capacity

The RDX has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Velar with its rear seat folded (79.8 vs. 70.1 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With an 85% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

The RDX 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 RDX’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 RDX 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RDX has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The RDX 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

The Acura RDX outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by almost four to one during 2018.

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