Service Update May 2020

In order to maintain the CDC Social Distancing Guideline, we have had to make a few adjustments to our services. Please be advised until further notice Fletch’s GMC Buick Audi will require appointments for oil changes and tire rotations. We have also implemented the following guidelines:

  • Please limit the number of people in a vehicle to 1 during your service appointment
  • Our waiting room is limited to 6 people
  • No kids are allowed in the waiting area
  • For those who wish to absolutely minimize person to person contact, we have a dropbox on the right side of the service drive with service forms inside. Please fill it out completely, put keys in an envelope, and drop it through the slot in the box. Make sure any and all information is complete and legible.

Thank you for choosing Fletch’s Inc. for your service needs during this time! We appreciate your patience and wish the very best to you and your families! – John Hubbard

COVID 19 Sales Procedures

Under the new Executive Orders, Fletchs GMC Buick team is available for virtual and remote sales starting April 14, 2020. Although our showroom will remained closed until further notice, our team is available for :

Virtual Walk Arounds – If our interested in a vehicle a member of our sales team will set up a virtual walk around or send you a video.  

Bring a vehicle to your home or office for a no-contact test drive.  To ensure the health and safety of our community the vehicle will have plastic seat covers and will be sanitized before and after the test drive. 

Our Finance Manager, Michelle, is available to chat via phone. Michelle will be able to walk you through your finance options. 

The safety of our clients and staff is our #1 concern and during this process, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines.  

COVID 19 Update – April 6, 2020

To Our Clients,

Our thoughts are with you and your families during these uncertain times. Now more than ever, we can all begin to understand just how small the world truly is. It’s hard to navigate the unknown, but as we continue to slow the spread of COVID 19 we want to do everything we can to keep our clients, employees and local community safe. The importance of coming together to protect our global community in times of great need has arrived on our front doorstep.

With that, Fletch’s has made the decision to temporarily close starting April 7,2020. We will remain closed until further notice. We are making this choice for the safety of our employees, and you, our valuable customers. As the COVID-19 situation changes, our plans may too. We will inform you as soon as something changes, hopefully for the better.

Our service and parts department will be closed and we will not be performing any regular type repairs, including oil changes, tires or light maintenance. However, in the midst of all this, we realize your vehicle may need an emergency repair. For this reason, we have a select number of our team members on call if your vehicle is not drivable.

If you have an emergent need with your vehicle, please call 231-487-9636. There you will reach our voice messaging system. Please leave as detailed of a message as you can and one of our team members will return your call as soon as possible and address the concern with your vehicle.

Once a service event is discussed and set up, we ask your vehicle be dropped off and parked in our side lot. Utilizing the night drop envelope system on the side of the service lane garage, please write down all the information and sign the bottom of the form. Then, please give us a call so that we may begin with getting your car back on the road.

We are taking this very seriously and will be following procedures that align with standard COVID-19 precautions to protect you and our staff. In order for our technician to work on your vehicle we need to put a sanitation bomb in it and let it sit for 24 hours before it can be serviced. There will be a charge of $35 for this and there may be residual smell (chlorine/swimming pool smell) in the vehicle for about a week, maybe less. Once this procedure is complete we will begin working on your car and update you as the repairs take place.

These procedures are unprecedented for us as much as they are for you, our customer. We are doing all we can in good effort to protect anyone from transmitting or getting the virus. Our efforts extend beyond our dealership, we are all doing our part to stop the spread.

We hope you and your families stay healthy, and we appreciate your support in keeping our global community safe during these unprecedented times!

From our family to yours,

John Hubbard

Service Manager

Covid 19 Service Guidelines

During this time of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are following CDC regulations and doing things a little different to keep you and our staff safe. We ask you to please follow the below guidelines during the service process:
🚙We are asking all customers and staff to maintain a 6-foot distance between each other.
🚙No customers are allowed in the Service Advisors desk area other than to get to the waiting room, parts retail counter or cashier.
🚙The door to service will be locked. Please knock and we will open the door as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience until someone unlocks the door for you.
🚙For those who wish to absolutely minimize person to person contact, we have a dropbox on the right side of the service drive with service forms inside. Please fill it out completely, put keys in an envelope, and drop it through the slot in the box. Make sure any and all information is complete and legible.
🚙 We are staggering our appointments so no more than 2 customers are in the service drive at any given time. Please arrive at your specified drop off time and stay in your car until a Service Advisor comes out to greet you.
🚙Again we will be using the 6-foot social distancing rule. Feel free to announce if that distance becomes too close during your visit.
🚙For those customers that choose to wait for their vehicles, our waiting room chairs are spread out using the 6-foot social distancing rule.
🚙We are cleaning and sterilizing the dealership continuously throughout the day and after hours.

We are doing this for the safety of our employees and our customers and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for choosing Fletch’s Inc. for your service needs during this time! We appreciate your patience and wish the very best to you and your families! – John Hubbard

2021 GMC Yukon (XL)

2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
Source: GMC.com

Just hearing the word Yukon conjures up all kinds of imagery. For some, it’s blasting down a snowy mountain road, and to others, it’s showing up at an exclusive resort surrounded by snow-capped mountains. 

GMC’s 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL can do both in a big way. 

Touted as 2021’s Next Generation GMC Yukon, it presents a first-class experience just looking at it from the sidewalk. Having already established its reputation as the standard-bearer for large SUVs, the 2021 GMC Yukon adds more room, new safety features, a softer ride, new off-road capabilities, more engine choices, and the Denali interior. 

2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL

The Yukon remains a large three-row SUV but, for 2021, it has been revamped with major updates that have not been seen in six years. This all-new Yukon is bigger on the outside, bigger on the inside, and adds new features. These include new safety equipment, interior amenities, and a diesel engine option. 

In terms of size, the Yukon and the Yukon XL differ mainly in length. The first thing one will notice is that the Yukon XL has a much longer wheelbase. Its overall length is over 224 inches compared to the Yukon’s 204 inches. This equates to an increase in cargo volume of about 25-cubic feet. It also adds about 10 inches of third-row legroom. 

Beyond physical dimensions, new safety equipment includes a nine-camera system that makes parking and towing much safer, magnetic ride control, and air suspension. The air suspension eliminates the old live-axle design for a new independent multi-link suspension across the trim spectrum. This makes for much better ride quality and contributes to more interior room for passengers in the back. All models come standard with automatic emergency braking. 

The AT4 Off-Road Trim

New in 2021 for off-road enthusiasts, the AT4 trim takes ideas from GMC’s other proven off-road vehicles such as the full-sized Sierra truck. It has a two-speed transfer case, skid plates, a selectable traction system, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery, 20-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires, and four-corner air suspension. It is sure to make the impassible passible. 

Where’s the Power?

New in 2021, the Yukon has three engine choices. The standard 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 is still around as is the optional 460-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. 

New is the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder diesel. This addition is a time-proved offering from GMC in their Sierra and Silverado trucks. It produces 277 horsepower with a stump-pulling 460 pounds per foot of torque. It adds a whole new dimension of towing power to the Yukon and promises more in fuel efficiency. 

All models use the time-proven 10-speed automatic transmission. 

Come One, Come All

Perhaps one of the biggest changes in 2021 is the number of passengers that can be seated comfortably. There are three main options available for seating. The base SLE models continue to offer total seating for nine people when configured with the front three-across bench seat. It’d perfect for large families or people who transport a lot of passengers. More on the stylish side is a seven-passenger configuration that has a second-row of captain’s chairs. There is also an eight-passenger setup. 

The Denali Interior

The no-holds-barred luxury of the Yukon Denali comes loaded with even more features in 2021. It now has its own exclusive interior. The upgrade begins with a one-of-a-kind instrument panel with four exclusive color themes. Each of the color themes has a different combination of premium leather appointments with art gallery-worthy “fractal” stitching and beautiful authentic wood. The amenities in the interior abound including, but not limited to, leather seats, heated seats, heated steering wheel, triple door seals, tri-zone automatic climate controls, Bose Active Noise Cancellation, acoustic-laminated windows and much, much more. 

The Little Things in Life

GMC didn’t skimp on the smaller details for the 2021 Yukon. There is a roomy power-operated center console with secure locking upfront, a 15-inch heads-up display, an Active Response 4WD system, an electronic limited-slip differential, and GMC’s ProGrade trailering system. The roomy cabin has too many “little things” to mention in this writing (e.g., cupholders and great interior lighting) but it is safe to say, the things most passengers take for granted are covered. 

GMC’s Yukon line offers many choices and configurations to please even the most discriminating buyer. Whether it’s a black-tie affair in the city or an exciting romp in the snow, The 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL have it covered.

Kathleen Jontz Breast Cancer Health Fund

Thank you from Fletchs

Kathleen Jontz Breast Cancer Health Fund 

A Community Thank You

First of all, we want to thank each and every one of you who contributed to the Kathleen Jontz Breast Cancer Health Fund for your support. We know we have said it, but your gift truly has had a lasting, meaningful impact on local families who have been affected by breast cancer. Our team, not just as a business but as a group of human beings, is humbled to be part of a such a generous community and grateful for the difference we can make when we stand together.

The Kathleen Jontz Breast Health Fund was established by Kathleen’s friends as a means to honor how passionate she was that no children should have to lose their mother to breast cancer. Because of our donors and participants, the funds we gathered were able to help fulfill this vision and support local families struggling through diagnoses and treatments; everything from mammograms through remission. 

The ramifications of breast cancer can be devastating, and with more than 9,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed among Michigan women for 2019, the numbers feel staggering. Not only are patients faced with the health aspect, but there are also emotional, mental, and financial burdens that often surface. According to the Association of Oncology Social Work, more than 60% of cancer patients experience financial hardship due to medical bills and more than 50% of cancer patients report that the stress of dealing with costs negatively affects their ability to focus on recovery. 

It is because of these staggering statistics that we seek to partner with you to help make a small dent and difference in the lives of survivors. And it is because of you that 11 breast health patients received financial support; 67 patients received Breast Cancer Comfort Kits and 12,000 Bella Blankets were provided for patients receiving mammograms. Because of the donations, The Kathleen Jontz Breast Health Fund is able to provide women with everything from nighttime garments and designated bras to prosthetics, gas cards, lodging and Mammogram Scholarships. 

All of this to say, simply: Thank you. Your donation made a difference. And we are so grateful to you for standing with us in this fight against breast cancer. We are so proud of our community and honor every memory and future of our loved ones faced with this disease. 

Towing your Toys: Tips and Outliers

Towing your Toys

Towing your Toys: Tips and Outliers

Snowbirds heading south for winter often take their cars, trailers, RVs, caravans, boats, or snowmobiles with them. Consider a few safety tips regarding towing and you’ll have a safer and more convenient trip.

Why Is Towing Capacity so Important?

Towing capacity is the maximum weight your vehicle can safely tow. A wide range of vehicles is suitable for towing, not just trucks.

An overloaded trailer puts stress on your vehicle, which results in erratic acceleration, braking, and steering. If you can’t control your vehicle, the trailer will begin to sway or begin running back and forth across the road. This can often result in loss of control, running off the road, or clipping other drivers.

Gross Trailer Weight and Gross Combination Weight Rating

The Gross Trailer Weight (GTR) is the weight of the trailer vehicle and everything it’s carrying.

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the maximum allowed weight of a single-vehicle.

The Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) is the maximum weight you can tow with your vehicle including the GTR. You’ll find the GCWR in your owner’s manual for your vehicle. When considering whether you’ll reach the GCWR for your vehicle, you must also think about any other weight you’re lugging, such as cargo in the cabin, fuel, vehicle occupants, and payload weight in the trunk or cargo bed.

You also need to understand the tongue weight of your trailer. The tongue weight is the weight on the trailer that’s pushing down on the towing vehicle. It’s usually between 9-14% of the GTR. If your tongue weight overloads the supported weight of your towing vehicle, it’ll put a lot of stress on the vehicle and cause excess trailer sway. 

When you’re purchasing a car, truck, or SUV, ask about the towing capacity and GCRW. It’ll help you make an informed decision and choose a vehicle that’ll handle towing more than you need. If you’re going to tow larger items like boats or caravans, you may require an HD truck that’s specially designed for larger payloads and more towing capacity.

Trailer Hitches

Traditional trailer hitches (bumper-pull hitches) have multiple classes ranging from lightweight Class I to heavy Class V. These are the typical ball and hitch systems.

  • Class I – 2,000 pounds or less – most compact and subcompact SUVs will tow up to 2,000 pounds. The Honda CR-V, for example, is rated to 1,500 pounds, and the Jeep Renegade will pull up to 2,000 pounds. You’ll be able to tow small utility trailers and personal watercraft.
  • Class II – 3,500 pounds or less – Equipped with a Class II hitch, your vehicle will be able to tow a couple of ATVs or a small outboard boat. You’ll need a compact or midsize SUV that supports that GCWR, such as the Ford Escape or Chevy Equinox.
  • Class III Carrying – 6,000 pounds or less – At this class, you’ll be able to tow some RVs or a small horse trailer. An example of a midsize SUV capable of Class III is the Subaru Ascent.
  • Class III Distributing – 10,000 pounds or less – A weight-distributing Class III hitch spreads the trailer weight across all axles of the towing vehicle and trailer. Many compact pickups and midsize SUVs can handle this when properly equipped, such as the Nissan Armada, Dodge Durango, GMC Canyon, and the Ford Expedition.
  • Class IV – 10,000 pounds of less – Larger travel trailers and construction equipment can be towed with a Class IV trailer. You’ll need a vehicle up to the task such as a full-size SUV. 

There are also other trailer hitches such as gooseneck and fifth-wheel hitches that are for heavier loads. Most trucks don’t have a gooseneck hitch as standard and you’ll have to get it fitted. Gooseneck hitches do allow you to make tighter turns with trailers and RVs and trailer sway is reduced compared to bumper-pull hitches. 

Over 12,000 pounds and you’re moving into the realm of heavy-duty pickups. These trucks, like the Ram 2500/3500, Chevrolet Silverado HD, or Ford Super Duty are essentially versions of their light-duty counterparts with more rigid suspension and grunt to pull heavier loads. Ride quality does tend to take a dip. 

So, when choosing a new vehicle, be mindful of how much you might need to tow and what the vehicle supports. Also consider whether to install towing upgrades or special technologies in full-size SUVs and trucks that make trailering easier too, such as trailer sway control, rearview cameras, and backup assistance. 

Try out your setup before you head out as the additional weight being towed can completely change how your vehicle feels on the road.

Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

2019 Audi Q5 Shown

Audi Q5 vs. Land Rover Discovery Sport

The 2018 Audi Q5 and 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport have two popular midsized luxury SUVs. Many customers in this segment will cross-shop the two models, though, through careful evaluation of data collected from several sources — but the clear choice between the two remains the Audi Q5. Here’s why:

Engine

Both models are equipped with a 2.0 L turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder engine. Through its extensive experience developing turbocharged engines since the 1980s, Audi is able to deliver 22 additional horsepower but does so at an engine speed of 500 rpm lower than the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This means you don’t have to accelerate as hard with the Audi to merge onto a busy highway.

Additionally, the Q5 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more efficient than a conventional automatic transmission but just as easy to drive. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission. In addition, the launch control of the Q5 uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Discovery Sport does not offer launch control.

Fuel Economy

The Audi Q5 delivers better fuel economy ratings in EPA testing, with a two-to-three-mile per gallon advantage over the Land Rover Discovery Sport. While that may not seem like that much of a difference, over three years of ownership the Audi Q5 could save you several hundred dollars in fuel costs. One of the reasons for this is that the Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd, which is significantly lower than the Discovery Sport and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quiet and helps the Q5 achieve better fuel mileage.

Passenger and Cargo Space

The Q5 has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport. The Q5 also features a significantly larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat up (26.8 vs. 6.8 cubic feet). And, with the rear seat folded, the Audi Q5 provides slightly more cargo room than the Discovery Sport (60.4 vs. 60 cubic feet).

Comfort and Convenience

The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming of the rear and side view mirrors, which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Discovery Sport offers an automatic rearview mirror, but its side mirrors do not dim.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Discovery Sport does not offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study of surveyed new car owners indicate that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. In addition, J.D. Power and Associates 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.

And, should you ever need service or repairs when traveling, there are over 72 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers. In addition, The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event that the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Discovery Sport does not offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 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 Discovery Sport does not offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q5 has 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 Discovery Sport does not offer a post-collision braking system.

To learn more about the comfort, convenience, and safety features of the Audi Q5, please come to see us at Audi Petoskey where we’ll guide you around the vehicle and send you out on a test drive so you can experience all the Q5 has to offer for yourself.

Audi Q7 vs Range Rover Sport

2019 Audi Q7

Audi Q7 vs Range Rover Sport

The experts have rendered their decision and the Audi Q7 is a better all-around choice than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. In a multi-vehicle test of premium SUVs, Car and Driver ranked the Audi Q7 Prestige first. They ranked the Range Rover Sport HSE third. After thorough evaluations, the leading consumer publication in the US, Consumer Reports, chose the Audi Q7 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

So let’s take a deep dive into why the experts have chosen the Audi Q7 over the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. 

Acceleration

As tested in Car and Driver the Q7 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6 is quicker in a 0-60 mph sprint than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport S.C. V6, reaching that speed nearly 10 percent faster. In fact, of all the acceleration tests conducted by Car and Driver, the Audi Q7 was faster to 100 mph, from 5 mph to 60 mph, and on the quarter-mile drag strip.

Fuel Economy

Surprisingly, despite its faster acceleration, the Audi Q7 V6 achieves better mileage than the Range Rover Sport V6, with a margin of six mpg in both City and Highway cycles. Fill-ups are less expensive in the Audi Q7 which uses regular unleaded gasoline (though premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover Sport requires only premium gasoline which carries a significant price penalty.

Performance

In braking tests, Consumer Reports recorded stops from 60 mph in 127 feet for the Audi Q7 and 137 feet for the Range Rover Sport, a full ten-foot difference. To put that in perspective, an Audi A3 is 14 feet long, and stopping 10 feet shorter can mean the difference between a safe stop and a collision.

The Audi Q7 provides both a smoother ride due to its longer wheelbase, but still out handles the Range Rover Sport on the skidpad, recording a significantly higher 0.85 lateral Gs versus the Range Rover Sport’s 0.62 G performance. This is due, in a great part,  to the Q7 being fitted with larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (255/55R19 vs. 235/65R19). The Q7’s optional tires are also larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Sport (285/45R20 vs. 275/40R22).

Comfort and Convenience

On the road, the interior of the Audi Q7 has proven itself quieter than the Range Rover Sport. In interior sound testing conducted by Car and Driver, the Q7 was quieter than the Range Rover Sport by 2 dB at idle and 9 dB at full throttle. The decibel scale is a logarithmic scale where a 6 dB increase in level is perceived by the human ear to be twice as loud.

The Q7’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Sport’s in almost every dimension. The Audi offers 5.8 cubic feet more of storage space than the Range Rover Sport behind the third-row seat (a grocery bag is about one cubic foot). The third-row seat in the Range Rover Sport cannot be folded but removed entirely. Even with the seat removed, the Audi Q7 offers nearly 10cubic feet more behind the second-row seats. And with the second row folded, the Audi cargo area jumps to 71.6 cubic feet versus the Land Rover Sport at 62.2 cubic feet.

Warranty and Service

Should you be taking a trip out of your area, it’s reassuring to know that there are over 72 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty, which includes a corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years). However, the need for warranty service is less likely in an Audi. According to J.D. Power and Associates’ 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.

Safety

The Q7 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 Sport doesn’t offer a post-collision braking system. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety granted the Q7 the rating of Top Pick, a rating achieved by only 117 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Sport has not yet been tested; however, no other Land Rover vehicle has earned Top Pick status in its category.

To learn more about the advantages of owning an Audi Q7 SUV as well as to take one out on a test drive, come visit us at Audi Petoskey.

Audi Q8 vs Land Rover Range Rover Velar

2019 Audi Q8

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.

Engine

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.

Interior Comfort

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.

Towing Capacity

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).

Safety

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.