New Range Rover Velar vs Audi SQ5 vs Porsche Macan

Packing a powerful petrol V6, the hottest Range Rover Velar aims to be the best sports SUV. However, the Audi SQ5 and Porsche Macan will have a thing or two to say about that

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Audi SQ5 vs Porsche Macan vs Range Rover Velar

Our verdict

The Macan may have impressed us with its rapid acceleration and playful handling, but it finishes last here. It’s well suited to the keen driver who doesn’t have to worry too much about family chores, but its limited practicality, stingy standard kit and lack of automatic emergency braking count against it.

The silver medal goes to the Velar. While not the fastest, it’s still plenty rapid enough on the move and is usefully more spacious than the Macan. Yes, it’s pricey, but you get loads of equipment in return. The only real disappointments are its wallowy handling and a few cheap-feeling plastics inside, particularly if you don’t go for the full extended leather upgrade.

That leaves the SQ5 as the victor. It runs the Macan close in terms of handling and is plenty fast enough to show most cars a clean pair of tyres. It’s also the most comfortable, practical and, relative to the price of its competitors, an absolute bargain.

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1st – Audi SQ5

For Relatively affordable; tidy handling; practical interior

Against Thirsty; not as much fun to drive as the Macan

Recommended options Air suspension (Β£1000)

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Range Rover Velar

For Well equipped; excellent driving position; most spacious rear seats

Against Imprecise handling; expensive; mixed interior quality

Recommended options Backrest release levers (Β£105)

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Porsche Macan

For Rapid acceleration; playful handling

Against Cramped rear seats; smallest boot; least standard equipment; no AEB

Recommended options Air suspension (Β£1004), Torque Vectoring Plus (Β£1011)

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi SQ5 3.0 V6 TFSI quattro

Engine size 6cyl, 2995cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£51,200

Target Price Β£49,584

Power 349bhp @ 5400-6400rpm

Torque 369Ib ft @ 1370-4500rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 5.4sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 34.0mpg

True MPG 24.6mpg

CO2 emissions 189g/km

Specifications: Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack

Engine size 6cyl, 3604cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£70,760

Target Price Β£70,760

Power 434bhp @ 6000-6700rpm

Torque 443Ib ft @ 1500-4500rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 4.2sec

Top speed 169mph

Gov't fuel economy 30.1mpg

True MPG 25.3mpg

CO2 emissions 217g/km

Specifications: Range Rover Velar P380 HSE R-Dynamic

Engine size 6cyl, 2995cc, supercharged, petrol

List price Β£72,630

Target Price Β£72,630

Power 375bhp @ 6500rpm

Torque 332Ib ft @ 3500rpm

0-60mph 6.0sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 30.1mpg

True MPG n/a

CO2 emissions 214g/km

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