Audi Q8 vs Land Rover Range Rover Velar
The Audi Q8 offers a unique performance that blends sport and utility into a momentous SUV design. The Q8 seamlessly integrates technology and advanced driver assistance systems, with standard seating for up to five passengers and, with the rear seats folded, class-leading cargo capacity. Let’s see how the similarly-price Land Rover Range Rover Velar stacks up against the Q8.
The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces a significant 88 more horsepower and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque than that produced by the standard 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Range Rover Velar P250. Even when compared to the Range Rover Velar P380 3.0 L supercharged V6 the Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque.
Fuel Economy and Range
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q8 is capable of operating on regular unleaded gasoline, though premium recommended for maximum performance. The only choice with the Range Rover Velar reis premium unleaded. In addition, the Q8 has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Velar’s standard fuel tank.
Suspension and Handling
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q8’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Range Rover Velar. For better handling and stability, the track of the Q8 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Range Rover Velar. For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Velar and the Q8’s optional tires are larger than any tire available on the Range Rover Velar.
The Q8’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Range Rover Velar and is not available on all models.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q8 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Velar does not offer extendable visors. A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Range Rover Velar does not offer a rear sunshade.
The Q8 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the Audi can be started from inside the driver’s home. 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 does not offer a remote starting system.
If you’re considering a vehicle in the class to tow a boat or camper, consider that the Q8’s standard towing capacity of 7700 lbs. is much higher than the Range Rover Velar’s 5291 lbs.
Warranty and Reliability
The J.D. Power and Associates 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. While the J.D. Power and Associates 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi above the industry average for reliability. Land Rover is ranked 30th.
There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier to service your Q8 under the warranty. And the Q8’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (12 vs. 6 years).
The Q8’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 pre-tensioners. The Q8 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies 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 addition, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q8 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 does not offer height-adjustable seat belts.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q8 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Range Rover Velar does not offer a night vision system.
Both the Q8 and the Range Rover Velar have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Audi Q8 weighs 533 to 984 pounds more than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
To learn more about the standard and available features of the Audi A8, as well as take one out for a test drive, please come see us at Audi Petoskey.