2020 Lexus NX Series vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

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Safety

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The NX Series’ optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lexus NX Series 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.

The NX Series has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The NX Series offers an optional Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the NX Series 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 all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the NX Series the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Velar has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the NX Series 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 38 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the NX Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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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 NX Series’ reliability 78 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 Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 115 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the NX 300 is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250:

NX Series

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the NX Series gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Velar:

MPG

NX Series

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

33 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

F Sport 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

Range Rover Velar

AWD

D180 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Diesel

26 city/30 hwy

P250 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/24 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lexus NX Series higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar (1 to 7). This means the NX Series produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Range Rover Velar every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The NX 300h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The NX Series stops much shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

NX Series

Range Rover Velar

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The NX 300h handles at .80 G’s, while the Range Rover Velar S pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The NX 300 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Velar S (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the NX Series’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Range Rover Velar’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The NX Series is 6.2 inches shorter than the Range Rover Velar, making the NX Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The NX Series is 6.4 inches narrower than the Range Rover Velar, making the NX Series easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the NX 300 F Sport AWD is quieter than the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE (37 vs. 38 dB).

Passenger Space

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The NX Series has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Range Rover Velar.

Cargo Capacity

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

NX Series

Range Rover Velar

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36”/71.5”

40.7”/70.4”

Max Width

53”

49.1”

Min Width

44.3”

43”

Height

27”

30.7”

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 100% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

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The NX Series 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 NX Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Range Rover Velar does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The NX Series 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 help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the NX Series F Sport has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer cornering lights. The NX Series also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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

Model Availability

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The NX Series is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the NX Series owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the NX Series will cost $1620 to $2940 less than the Range Rover Velar over a five-year period.

The NX Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the NX Series will retain 50.95% to 51.77% of its original price after five years, while the Range Rover Velar only retains 45.5% to 45.64%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus NX Series will be $16829 to $19929 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus NX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar isn't recommended.

The Lexus NX Series outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Velar by almost four to one during 2018.

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