2020 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The XC40’s 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 Volvo XC40 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 XC40 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XC40 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XC40 offers an optional CTA Auto Brake 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 XC40 and the Range Rover Velar have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC40 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Velar has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The XC40’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC40 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Velar.

There are over 72 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC40’s warranty.

Reliability

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 XC40’s reliability 20 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 Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 28th in initial quality. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 29th in reliability. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the XC40 T5 is faster than the Range Rover Velar P250:

XC40

Range Rover Velar

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.4 sec

20.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC40 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Velar:

MPG

XC40

FWD

T4 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Range Rover Velar

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/24 hwy

The XC40 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XC40’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Velar:

XC40

Range Rover Velar

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.8 inches

The XC40 stops shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

XC40

Range Rover Velar

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The XC40’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Velar’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The XC40 T5 R-Design AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC40 T5 R-Design AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Range Rover Velar S (28.1 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC40’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Range Rover Velar’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Volvo XC40 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

The XC40 is 1 foot, 2.7 inches shorter than the Range Rover Velar, making the XC40 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The XC40 is 6.7 inches narrower than the Range Rover Velar, making the XC40 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD is quieter than the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE (74 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

The XC40 has .9 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Velar.

Ergonomics

The XC40 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 XC40 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.

Consumer Reports rated the XC40’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Velar’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC40 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC40 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Model Availability

The XC40 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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