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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 BMW X3: Which Is Better?

If you’re shopping for a luxury SUV, there’s a good chance that BMW and Land Rover are two brands that you’ve considered. Land Rover has a long heritage of building luxurious off-roaders and BMW still holds its reputation as the "Ultimate Driving Machine," making these brands pretty competitive in the modern luxury SUV landscape.

The BMW X3 and the Range Rover Velar are two of the most competitive SUVs in their respective segments. Let’s take a look at how they compare to each other for 2019.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 BMW X3 exterior

Exterior

The Range Rover Velar is a midsize crossover and the X3 is a compact, but these two SUVs are actually pretty similar in size. The Velar is only one inch wider and three inches longer than the BMW and the two are the same height. So despite technically competing in different segments, these two crossovers are sized quite similarly.

The X3 and the Velar both wear their respective corporate design languages quite well and they’re both immediately identifiable as a BMW and as a Land Rover. The styling of the X3 is a bit more on the conservative side and it wears the familiar BMW "kidney" grille while the Velar is a very sleek and modern interpretation of the styling that runs through the rest of the prestigious Range Rover family. See the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar models for sale near you

The X3 is a nice looking crossover, but it kind of blends in with traffic while the Velar is likely to turn more heads with its more unique design. See the 2019 BMW X3 models for sale near you

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 BMW X3 interior

Interior

Being a midsize sedan without a third row of seats, the Range Rover Velar has pretty generous interior space for both passengers and cargo. The Velar also uses very high-quality materials at all trim levels and an interior design that is modern and pleasing to the eye. Land Rover hit the nail on the head in designing one of the finest interiors in this very competitive class.

The BMW X3 also has a comfortable and nicely designed interior, but this one is a bit middle-of-the-road for its segment. It’s spacious and comfortable on the inside and it uses nice materials throughout. Anyone familiar with the inside of modern BMWs will be right at home in the 2019 X3.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 BMW X3 mechanicals

Mechanicals

The Velar and the X3 come with very similar base engines and more interesting higher-performance engines available. The X3 comes standard with rear-wheel drive (RWD) with all-wheel drive (AWD) available and every Velar comes standard with 4-wheel drive (4WD).

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Engines

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4; 247 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque; 21 miles per gallon in the city/27 mpg on the highway
  • 3.0-liter supercharged V6; 340 hp (S) or 380 hp (HSE), 332 lb-ft of torque; 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy
  • 3.0-liter supercharged V6 (SVO); 550 hp, 502 lb-ft of torque; 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy

2019 BMW X3 Engines

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4; 248 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque; up to 23 mpg city/30 mpg hwy
  • 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6; 355 hp, 369 lb-ft of torque; 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy

With both of these SUVs, the base engine delivers performance that is more than adequate for most drivers. However, we’re also big fans of both of their respective high-performance 6-cylinder engines. The twin-turbo inline-6 in the Bimmer is a better choice if you’re looking for better fuel economy, but the supercharged V6 in the Land Rover delivers a lot of muscle, especially in the HSE trim. If you’re really serious about performance, you can upgrade to the SVO model if you have the budget for it. If you’re looking for a more performance-tuned X3, that’s available to you in the form of the X3 M which makes up to 503 hp.

Being a Range Rover, the Velar was designed with off-roading in mind, although you might not know it by looking at it. It’s very composed both on-road and off and its standard 4WD system is quite capable. And AWD-equipped X3 can handle just about any nasty road conditions, but if you’re really thinking about doing some off-roading with your luxury SUV, then the Land Rover might be more your speed.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 BMW X3 tech

Technology

The BMW X3 gets a nice technological upgrade for 2019. Newly standard safety tech features include front and rear parking sensors, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and traffic sign recognition. The X3 also gains new available safety tech features including lane-keeping assist and front cross-traffic warning.

The Velar has some decent standard safety tech as well including emergency brake assist, front and rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and rain-sensing wipers. Adaptive cruise control, high-speed emergency braking, a driver drowsiness monitor and traffic sign recognition are among its many optional tech features.

As for the infotainment systems in these SUVs, the X3 comes with the iDrive system that BMW drivers will be familiar with, but will pose a bit of a learning curve if this is your first BMW. It’s a 6.5-in screen and comes standard with 12-speaker audio, a USB port and Bluetooth. The Velar’s standard infotainment system contains two 10-in touch screens with the upper screen able to tilt up to 30 degrees to get it right where you want it. The graphics are outstanding and the interface is easy to learn. Apple CarPlay is an available feature in both SUVs and Android Auto is optional in the Land Rover, but not the BMW.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 BMW X3 pricing

Pricing

Predictably, the Land Rover has a higher starting price than the BMW since the Velar is technically a size bigger. The Velar has a starting MSRP of $49,950 and the X3 starts at $41,000. Obviously, those prices go up when you add more luxurious options and higher-performance engines.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2019 BMW X3 conclusions 

Conclusion

It’s tough to declare a clear winner between these two since they appeal to different kinds of drivers. The X3 is a more affordable, more well-rounded luxury SUV that does everything well but doesn’t particularly blow us away in any one category. It’s appealing to a wide range of drivers who just want a nice luxury crossover.

The Range Rover Velar, on the other hand, will appeal to drivers looking for something a little more unique. It has a more premium interior and a more interesting exterior and its supercharged high-performance variants are quite thrilling from behind the wheel, but can also get pretty expensive. Not to mention standard 4WD and off-road capabilities that Land Rover is famous for. Find a Land Rover Range Rover Velar for sale or Find a BMW X3 for sale

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