If you are shopping for a compact or midsize luxury SUV, you may find yourself contemplating whether you should buy the 2018 Land Rover Velar or the 2018 Audi Q5. Both of these vehicles are exceptionally well-built and versatile enough to handle almost any driving situation, but the Land Rover has the upper hand in terms of work and off-road capabilities. Take a look at the following comparison of the 2018 Land Rover Velar and the 2018 Audi Q5 to make a better-informed decision.


The 2018 Land Rover Velar P380's base 3.0-liter supercharged V6 serves up 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, while the 2018 Audi Q5's standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Also, the Land Rover's 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine produces 45 more pound-feet of torque than its rival's base engine. When it comes to towing, the Land Rover Velar has a maximum capacity of 5,512 pounds, while the Audi Q5 only manages 4,400 pounds.

In addition, the 2018 Land Rover Velar delivers better ride quality when hauling or towing heavy objects or negotiating rough terrain, thanks to its standard automatic load-leveling suspension system. With this system, the SUV allows you to increase ride height to clear off-road obstacles more easily and then lower it for easier entry and exit and better on-road handling. The Audi Q5 does not come with a load-leveling suspension system.

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The 2018 Land Rover Velar HSE offers a memory function that automatically adjusts the driver's seat, position of the steering wheel, and angles of the outside mirrors to suit the preferences of different drivers, as well as a front passenger memory seat that adjusts to different passengers' preset preferences. The Audi Q5 only has optional memory driver seat and steering wheel position.

Also, all Land Rover Velar models, except the base model, come with an available easy entry system that raises the steering wheel when the ignition is turned off and the door is locked, so that you can get in or out more easily. This feature is absent in the Audi Q5.


The wheelbase of the 2018 Land Rover Velar is 2 inches longer than the Audi Q5's, which results in a smoother and more stable ride. Handling and stability is further enhanced with a 1.5-inch wider average track. The Land Rover also has a significantly larger cargo area, which makes it the better option if you need to carry your kids' equipment, camping equipment, or other large objects. It gives you 34.4 cubic inches of space with its rear seats upright, while the Audi only offers 26.8 cubic inches.

Whether you decide to get the 2018 Land Rover Velar or the 2018 Audi Q5, you can rest assured that you will have a reliable SUV that will serve you well for many years. However, the Land Rover has an advantage in performance, practicality, and versatility. If you want to know if the Land Rover Velar can meet your expectations, stop by for a test drive.

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