VIDEO: How will the Range Rover Velar compare with next BMW X3?

News, Videos | March 1st, 2017 by 17
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The Range Rover Evoque was always more of a fashion piece than a proper SUV. While the Evoque can actually hand more off-road terrain than …

The Range Rover Evoque was always more of a fashion piece than a proper SUV. While the Evoque can actually hand more off-road terrain than something like a BMW X3 or Audi Q5, it’s cramped interior and lack of cargo space made it more fashionable than practical. But the next step up from the Evoque was always the Range Rover Sport, which was always a bit bigger than the X3 and more X5-sized. So Jaguar Land Rover had a pretty big whole in the Range Rover lineup, where the X3 and Q5 were dominating. That’s why JLR decided to come out with this — the Range Rover Velar.

Sized right in between the Range Rover Sport and Evoque, the Velar will compete with the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and Audi Q5. However, it seems to be packing more technology, luxury and off-road tech than any of the aforementioned three. It also looks sleek and seductive, as well as aggressive.

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Inside is where the big news is, though. The cabin of the Range Rover Velar solves the brand’s problem with convoluted and dated technology. All of the physical buttons have been replaced with very slick looking touchscreens. The graphics are very sharp and look great while two turn dials mounted to the lower touchscreen add a sense of physicality to them. Those turn dials can be customized to control different aspects of the screen, making life a bit easier for the occupants. Those touchscreens also seem to work far faster and better than any previous JLR system.

The Velar’s interior quality also looks very nice and seems like it could be a notch or two about its German competitors, though we’ll only really be able to tell when we get inside of one. It’s also packed with more tech than on other Land Rover products, such as a 4G LTE hotspot and the ability to lock and unlock the car from a smartphone. It will also learn your route to work and work out the best way possible.

But don’t think Range Rover forgot its off-road tech. The Velar will be capable of handling any sort of off-road situation short of Moab and can even wade in water up to 650mm (2.1 ft). While that’s not as impressive as the big-daddy Range Rover, it’s pretty damn good.

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Engine options are actually quite good, with three diesel options and two petrol. There will be a 2.0 liter turbo-diesel as the base model engine with a twin-turbocharged variant available as an upgrade. The third diesel engine will be a 3.0 liter V6 turbo-diesel, with a healthy 295 hp. The petrols will be a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with 246 hp, and a range-topping 3.0 supercharged V6 with a very nice 374 hp.

Pricing for the Range Rover Velar starts a $49,900, which is a decent amount more than the BMW X3 xDrive28i’s $41,250. However, the Velar is the more stylish option, comes with some fancy cabin tech and is better off road. BMW is working on a new X3, which will be debuting later this year, so we can’t comment on how it will stack up but you can be sure we will as soon as the new X3 drops.

17 responses to “VIDEO: How will the Range Rover Velar compare with next BMW X3?”

  1. CDspeed says:

    I’d say the X3 is more of a Land Rover Discovery Sport competitor. The Velar looks amazing, and a bit more upscale, while the X3 has always been pretty crap.

    • Icebreakerr says:

      X3 competes with this car so does the GLC

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        This competes with the X4, the GLC Coupe, the Macan and the Jaguar F-Pace.

        • Icebreakerr says:

          Oops typo i meant x4 lol

          • Central Lifestyle says:

            No, no typo. It does compete directly with the X3, GLC, and Macan as you correctly stated. Range Rover haven’t yet made an SUVs (with four doors) in a Coupe form and they probably don’t want to. That being said, the Velar will also compete with the X4 and GLC Coupe as they fall into the mid-size premium/luxury SUV category within price band

    • guest says:

      How is a tall 3 Series with turbo 6 “pretty crap”?!

  2. Icebreakerr says:

    velar looks nice

  3. Giom says:

    Honestly, I think this leaves the X3 – and I mean the upcoming one, in the dust. I would love to be proven wrong, but if the past is anything to go by, BMW will maintain down the ‘safe’ passage for the X3. If I had to choose between the Velar and next X3, it’d probably be the Velar. Please BMW, prove me wrong!

  4. stan says:

    Please Bmw come on, look at the velar, don’t bring another boring design, i accept to copy paste the velar although i am crazy in bmw and how it drives, but its time to prove that u can do a proper suv with offroad capabilities like Rovers and beautiful attractive design

  5. Central Lifestyle says:

    Will the upcoming X3 will be able to match this Velar? One hopes but BMW are so conservative in too many aspects, it’s beginning to show in the cars (esp. interior). Range Rover have future-proofed the Velar in the design, aesthetics areas. Forget the Macan in its current form, this Velar sets the tone. The Macan is due for refresh, so might get the swishy Panamera Sports T interior treatment, new engines etc. It’s the GLC and X3 that’ve got their work cut out now

  6. Rad Dockery says:

    This will give the X3 trouble all day. The Volvo X60 will also be in the mix. Looks like the X3, Q5 and GLC have some major competition on its hands. Of course the question ins Range Rover is service.

  7. Mario Beernaert says:

    I really like it. Every little bit of it. The only thing is their engines are not that environmental friendly it seems … This outranks the X3 for me.

  8. Mario Beernaert says:

    Ehrm, just configured the top of the line version. In price it is in the X5 region and beyond :-(

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