2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2020 Acura RDX

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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 Acura RDX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Velar and RDX 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 RDX’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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Velar. But it costs extra on the RDX.

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 RDX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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

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

Engine

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The Range Rover Velar P340’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 63 more horsepower (335 vs. 272) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 103 more horsepower (375 vs. 272) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 270 more horsepower (542 vs. 272) and 222 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Velar P380 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Acura RDX:

Range Rover Velar

RDX

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.7 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Range Rover Velar has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (21.6 vs. 17.1 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 RDX:

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography

RDX

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

15.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

15.6 inches

12.2 inches

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 RDX are solid, not vented.

The Range Rover Velar stops shorter than the RDX:

Range Rover Velar

RDX

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the RDX (255/50R20 vs. 235/55R19). The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RDX (265/45R21 vs. 255/40R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RDX’s largest wheels are only 20-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 RDX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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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 RDX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the RDX (113.1 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The Range Rover Velar’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the RDX’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Range Rover Velar more stable handling and braking.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic handles at .84 G’s, while the RDX A-Spec AWD pulls only .81 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 1.5 seconds quicker than the RDX AWD (26.2 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Velar’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the RDX’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RDX (8.4 vs. 8.2 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 1.7 inches higher than on the RDX (9.9 vs. 8.2 inches).

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover Velar’s rear seats recline. The RDX’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume than the RDX with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 31.1 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Range Rover Velar’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RDX’s (5291 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Acura RDX is only 1500 pounds. The Range Rover Velar offers up to a 5511 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Range Rover Velar is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the RDX. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the RDX, 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’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 RDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 RDX 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 RDX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 RDX has 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 RDX.

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 RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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