2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. Its Competition

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar first drive
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar may align more closely with the Porsche Macan in terms of price, although the Velar is slightly bigger.

The Macan offers better on-road performance—especially in Macan Turbo models—for now, but the Velar wins in sheet metal.

The GLC-Class can be far more affordable, although GLC Coupes start at nearly the same price.

The Audi Q5 is a conservative pick among the group, but its understated class could have its appeal.

The Jaguar F-Pace is related to the Velar and is better to drive, but falls down on tech and exterior looks.

The X5 makes its case in usable space, although it lacks the appeal of all of the above.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class (Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar takes chances in its exterior and interior and wins spectacularly. It’s a new benchmark for the luxury SUV company.
7.5
The Audi Q5 is certainly the segment's most modern offering, delivering a high degree of technology, comfort, and conservative style.
7.2
The 2018 BMW X5 remains a thoughtful crossover SUV for families, although enthusiasts may be left wanting unless the right options are selected.
8.0
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is a statement of style over sedans. It looks like it belongs, which we suppose is the point.
7.8
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class captivates crossover types with its lush cabin and its plush ride; there’s AMG power on tap if you must.
7.2
The 2018 Porsche Macan is the performance pick among compact crossovers because of course it is. Purists may scoff, but we don’t much care.
MSRP From     
$49,900$41,500$57,200$42,065$40,050$47,800
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style Name     
P2502.0 TFSI PremiumsDrive35i Sports Activity Vehicle25t AWDGLC 300 SUVAWD
Drivetrain     
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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