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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 Toyota Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
Both the Range Rover Velar and Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid’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.
Both the Range Rover Velar and the Highlander Hybrid 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.
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 Highlander Hybrid’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 Highlander Hybrid’s (6 vs. 5 years).
The Range Rover Velar P340’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 29 more horsepower (335 vs. 306) than the Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 69 more horsepower (375 vs. 306) than the Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 236 more horsepower (542 vs. 306) than the Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid.
The Range Rover Velar has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander Hybrid (21.6 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Highlander Hybrid:
Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography
The Range Rover Velar’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Highlander Hybrid are solid, not vented.
The Range Rover Velar stops much shorter than the Highlander Hybrid:
Range Rover Velar
70 to 0 MPH
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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)
For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the Highlander Hybrid (255/50R20 vs. 245/55R19). The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Highlander Hybrid (265/45R21 vs. 245/55R19).
The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Highlander Hybrid Limited/Platinum’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Highlander Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
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 Highlander Hybrid, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The Range Rover Velar has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Highlander Hybrid’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 Highlander Hybrid’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 Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
The Range Rover Velar has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the Highlander Hybrid (113.1 inches vs. 109.8 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Velar is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Highlander Hybrid.
The Range Rover Velar’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Highlander Hybrid’s (46.6% to 53.4%). This gives the Range Rover Velar more stable handling and braking.
The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic handles at .84 G’s, while the Highlander Hybrid Limited pulls only .77 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 seconds quicker than the Highlander Hybrid Limited (26.2 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Velar’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Highlander Hybrid’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Highlander Hybrid (8.4 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Velar to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Velar P380’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the Highlander Hybrid (9.9 vs. 8 inches).
The Land Rover Range Rover Velar may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 800 pounds less than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
The Range Rover Velar is 3.6 inches shorter than the Highlander Hybrid, making the Range Rover Velar easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The design of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover Velar has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Highlander Hybrid (.33 to .34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover Velar get better fuel mileage.
The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume than the Highlander Hybrid with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 13.8 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Range Rover Velar’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Range Rover Velar’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Highlander Hybrid’s (5291 vs. 3500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is only 3500 pounds. The Range Rover Velar offers up to a 5511 lbs. towing capacity.
The Range Rover Velar uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Highlander Hybrid uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
The engine in the Range Rover Velar is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Highlander Hybrid. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Highlander Hybrid Limited/Platinum, 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 Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Range Rover Velar’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Highlander Hybrid’s parking brake has to released manually.
The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Velar and the Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid prevents the driver from operating the other 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 Highlander Hybrid’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
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 Highlander Hybrid’s standard 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 Highlander Hybrid 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 Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer headlight washers.
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 Highlander Hybrid’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Range Rover Velar has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Highlander Hybrid offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
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 Highlander Hybrid.
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 Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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