Overall the Velar is a sleeker design that is more futuristic in comparison to its sibling the Range Rover Sport. The Velar is two inches shorter in length and wheelbase as well as three inches narrower. But the bigger exterior difference is width. The velar is 4.5 inches shorter in height. The Velar’s retracting door handles, the dark band between its taillights and deeper grille make these exteriors different.
The Velar is actually smaller, but not by much. It’s about 3 inches shorter in length and an inch and a half less wide. But the biggest difference is its low roofline; it’s about 5.5 inches closer to the ground than the Sport.
The Range Rover Sport is a midsize SUV that competes with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6. The Velar slots just below the Sport in Range Rover’s lineup. Although the overall size difference between the two models might not be immediately apparent, the low roof and windswept body distinguish the Velar from its boxy sibling.
Whereas the Velar offers seating for five, the Range Rover Sport has room for up to seven people, depending on the trim. Be warned: the third-row seats are a tight squeeze, though, as it is a 5+2 configuration.
Overall, the Velar has more cargo room. Behind the second row, the Range Rover Sport provides 27.5 cubic feet of cargo space (24.8 for the PHEV), compared to 34.4 cubic feet for the Velar. The Sport’s cargo volume maxes out at 59.5 cubic feet (56.8 for the PHEV) behind the first row, but it’s a whopping 70.1 cubic feet in the Velar.
Which Has Better Engine Choices?
Both SUVs offer a wide variety of engines, from high-performing V-8s to fuel-sipping turbo-fours. If you’re looking to save fuel, the Sport offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers 42 MPGe (see our explanation of MPGe here). The Sport also boasts a fuel-efficient diesel engine that nets 24 mpg combined. That’s comparable to the four-cylinder gas engine offered on the Velar, which tops out at 23 mpg.
The Range Rover Sport delivers a bit more power than the Velar. The Sport gets anywhere from 254 hp to 575 hp, depending on the engine chosen, compared to the Velar’s 247 to 550 hp. No matter which version of the Sport or Velar you get, it won’t be a slouch. Even the four-cylinder Velar feels quick enough in the city and on the highway.
Range Rover Velar Vs. Sport Performance And Fuel Economy
2020 Range Rover Velar
2.0-liter 4-cyl | 247 hp, 269 lb-ft of torque | 21/27/23
3.0-liter V-6 | 340 hp, 332 lb-ft of torque | 18/24/20
3.0-liter V-6 | 380 hp, 332 lb-ft of torque | 18/24/20
5.0-liter V-8 | 550 hp, 502 lb-ft of torque | 15/20/17
2020 Range Rover Sport
3.0-liter V-6 diesel | 254 hp, 443 lb-ft of torque | 22/28/24
2.0-liter PHEV | 398 hp, 472 lb-ft of torque | 42 MPGe
3.0-liter inline-six | 355 hp, 365 lb-ft of torque | TBA
3.0-liter inline-six | 395 hp, 406 lb-ft of torque | TBA
5.0-liter V-8 | 518 hp, 461 lb-ft of torque | 17/22/19
5.0-liter V-8 | 575 hp, 516 lb-ft of torque | 15/20/16
The interiors both features a new dual touchscreen center console interface. The Range Rover’s is lined in the silver trim, whereas the Velar’s piano black finishing goes to the edges of what is being called a “floating console” design. The Range Rover Sport also has a rotary off-road settings controller, and the Velar has a rotary style shifter. When choosing an interior color, you’ll get more versatility with the Velar; for example, it offers a new luxurious alternative to leather called the “Dapple Grey Premium Textile.”
When it comes to space there is higher seating positions in the Sport with more headroom and legroom in the backseat. In terms of cargo space, the Velar features 70.1 cubic feet making it a generously sized SUV in the compact luxury segment. In comparison, the Sport only offers 62.2 cubic feet in cargo space.
While both are powerful SUVs the Range Rover Sport is a heavier, more powerful and more capable off-road model. The lighter Velar still packs a punch with its smaller, more efficient engines and more suited on-road capability. The new Velar comes with a choice of three engines. Two 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engines: the P250 gasoline (247 horsepower, 269 pound to feet of torque) and D180 diesel (180 horsepower, 317 pound to feet of torque) and then the P380 supercharged gasoline V6 (380 horsepower and 332 pound to feet of torque). Both have all-wheel drive as well as Land Rover’s Terrain Response Off-road settings. You’ll also receive an available air suspension on both models that can raise the vehicle.
You’ll have the option for performance upgrades. The supercharged and Autobiography trims have a supercharged V8 good for 518 horsepower and 461 pound to feet of torque as well as the SVR that has 575 horsepower and 516 pound to feet of torque.
FEATURES AND TECHNOLOGY
Both the Range Rover Velar and Sport come equipped with Land Rover’s new Touch Pro Duo system that features a 10.2-inch upper touchscreen that takes care of infotainment controls and a second touchscreen below that handles the climate system and other vehicle functions. Both have a futuristic and sleek look.
Both models come standard with a variety of accident avoidance technology like forwarding collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning. Blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a driver inattention monitor are available to help add confidence to your drive.
Both models show off refined and futuristic features with handling power and capability that are fun to explore both on and off the road. The new Velar is the more style-focused model that’s lighter. The Sport still has a large presence and feels like the bigger and more capable option.
Which Is Safer?
Neither the Sport nor the Velar have been crash test rated by the Department of Transportation or IIHS. That said, both models come with automatic emergency braking and front and rear park assist. Also look for blind spot assist, lane keep assist, and stop-and-go cruise control on both vehicles.
Which Is More Expensive?
You can get a 2020 Range Rover Velar for as low as $57,325 if you opt for the four-cylinder engine. The 2020 Range Rover Sport, however, starts at $69,945, with the base model carrying the 355-hp six-cylinder. The price variation is even bigger if you compare the top trims of both models. The 550-hp Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic starts at $91,815, and the 575-hp Sport SVR goes for an insane $115,795. What a difference 25 horsepower can make.
Which Is The Best?
When it comes to buying the Range Rover Velar vs. Sport, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Buyers looking for top off-road performance will want to veer toward the Range Rover Sport. The Sport also offers the most fuel-efficient powertrains, including its diesel and plug-in hybrid variants. Families who need a third row of seats every once in a while might also look at the Sport. The Velar may not be quite as rugged, but it offers head-turning styling and more cargo room, and it can be had for less than the Sport.
What Is The Difference Between A Range Rover Velar And Sport?
- The Sport has bigger exterior dimensions
- The Velar has more cargo space
- The Sport is more powerful, and it offers PHEV and diesel versions
- The Sport is more capable off-road
- The Velar is less expensive