Range Rover Velar vs BMW X6

The new Range Rover Velar may look great, but is the V6 diesel version better than the car that invented the SUV coupé – the BMW X6?...

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What Car? team
28 February 2019

Range Rover Velar vs BMW X6

Our verdict

An online What Car? poll showed that many of you think the Range Rover Velar is the more desirable car in this test – and it’s not just a pretty face. Its standard air suspension delivers a relaxing ride, while the eye-catching interior will make you feel special every time you get behind the wheel. Performance and practicality aren’t all that, but if you’ve been seduced by those looks, you won’t be disappointed; it takes the win.

Despite being beaten, the BMW X6 is no lemon. It’s good to drive and surprisingly practical. It’s just a shame the engine isn’t quieter and that any savings you’ll make when buying will be eaten up by heavy depreciation.

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1st – Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar rear

For Comfortable ride; quiet engine; generous amount of standard kit

Against Rear space could be better; smallest boot; expensive on PCP finance

Must-have options Extended Leather Pack (£1165)

What Car? rating 4/5


2nd – BMW X6

BMW X6 rear

For Cheaper to buy privately; great infotainment system

Against Firm ride; stingier standard kit; heavy depreciation; noisier cruiser

Must-have options Adjustable lumbar support (£275), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (£235)

What Car? rating 3/5


Specifications: BMW X6 xDrive40d M Sport

  • Engine size 6cyl, 2993cc, diesel
  • List price £65,005
  • Target Price £58,801
  • Power 309bhp @ 4400rpm
  • Torque 465Ib ft @ 1500-2500rpm
  • 0-60mph 5.5sec
  • Top speed 149mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 32.5-33.2mpg (WLTP)
  • CO2 emissions 165g/km

Specifications: Range Rover Velar D300 HSE

  • Engine size 6cyl, 2993cc, diesel
  • List price £65,320
  • Target Price £62,919
  • Power 296bhp @ 4000rpm
  • Torque 516Ib ft @ 1500rpm
  • 0-60mph 7.0sec
  • Top speed 150mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 33.7-37.8mpg
  • CO2 emissions 167g/km

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