2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2020 BMW X3

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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 BMW X3 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Velar and X3 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 X3’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 X3.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the X3 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, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Engine

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The Range Rover Velar has more powerful engines than the X3:

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.

X3 s/xDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

X3 M40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

355 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Velar P380 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the X3 s/xDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Range Rover Velar

X3

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.7 MPH

91.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Range Rover Velar has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3’s standard fuel tank (21.6 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Velar has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 M40i’s standard fuel tank (21.6 vs. 17.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the X3:

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography

X3

X3 M40i

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

13 inches

13.5 inches

The Range Rover Velar stops shorter than the X3:

Range Rover Velar

X3

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the X3 (255/50R20 vs. 225/60R18). The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X3 (265/45R21 vs. 245/45R20).

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 X3, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

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 X3 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Range Rover Velar handles at .82 G’s, while the X3 xDrive30i pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the X3 xDrive30i (26.2 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Velar’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X3 xDrive30i’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.4 feet). The Range Rover Velar’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the X3 M40i’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X3 (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 X3 (9.9 vs. 8 inches).

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X3 with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 28.7 cubic feet). The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X3 with its rear seat folded (70.1 vs. 62.7 cubic feet).

The Range Rover Velar’s cargo area is larger than the X3’s in almost every dimension:

Range Rover Velar

X3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/70.4”

36.5”/69”

Max Width

49.1”

47”

Height

30.7”

30.1”

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 X3 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 X3’s (5291 vs. 4400 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the BMW X3 is only 4400 pounds. The Range Rover Velar offers up to a 5511 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X3, 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 X3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 X3 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Velar has a standard rear speed-sensitive intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Range Rover Velar’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the X3’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 X3 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 X3.

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2019 issue and they ranked the Land Rover Range Rover Velar higher than the BMW X3 xDrive30i.

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