2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Subaru Outback doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Velar and Outback 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 Outback’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.

The Range Rover Velar offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outback only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Range Rover Velar’s 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 Outback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The Range Rover Velar comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Outback’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Range Rover Velar’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Outback’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Velar P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Velar P340 3.0 supercharged V6

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Velar P380 3.0 supercharged V6

375 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

542 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

Outback 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

174 lbs.-ft.

Outback 3.6R 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

256 HP

247 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Range Rover Velar P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Outback 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.:

Range Rover Velar

Outback

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

4.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

10.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

81.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Velar P250 gets better city fuel mileage than the Outback 3.6R CVT 6 cyl. (21 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Velar’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Outback doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover Velar’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Outback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Velar has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outback (21.6 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography

Outback

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

15.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

15.6 inches

11.8 inches

The Range Rover Velar stops shorter than the Outback:

Range Rover Velar

Outback

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the Outback (255/50R20 vs. 225/65R17). The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outback (265/45R21 vs. 225/65R17).

The Range Rover Velar’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium. The Range Rover Velar’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Outback Limited/Touring.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Range Rover Velar has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Outback’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Range Rover Velar offers an optional continuously variable suspension system. Using sensors on steering angle, speed and other driver inputs, the shocks soften to improve ride, or stiffen when appropriate to aid handling on tricky roads or off-road. The Outback’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover Velar P380 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Velar’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Outback doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Outback (113.1 inches vs. 108.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Velar is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Outback.

The Range Rover Velar’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Outback’s (56.2% to 43.8%). This gives the Range Rover Velar more stable handling and braking.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic handles at .84 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Outback 2.5i Limited (26.2 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar P380 has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Outback (9.9 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Range Rover Velar to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography is quieter than the Outback 3.6R Limited (38 vs. 42 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Range Rover Velar’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Outback doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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

Towing

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The Range Rover Velar’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outback’s (5291 vs. 2700 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Subaru Outback is only 2700 pounds. The Range Rover Velar offers up to a 5511 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Range Rover Velar has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Outback doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the Outback Limited, the Range Rover Velar HSE has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover Velar (except Base)’s optional Entry and Exit Mode raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Range Rover Velar offers an optional 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 Outback doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Velar and the Outback have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Range Rover Velar is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outback prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Range Rover Velar’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Outback’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Range Rover Velar’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Outback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Outback doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Velar offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Outback doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Range Rover Velar’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Outback Premium/Limited/Touring.

When the Range Rover Velar is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Outback’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Range Rover Velar keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outback doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Range Rover Velar HSE/SVAutobiography has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Outback.

The Range Rover Velar has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning is only available on the Outback Premium/Limited/Touring.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the Outback offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Range Rover Velar has available rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outback Base/Premium doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Outback doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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