Land Rover vs. Volvo Comparison

Land Rover VS Volvo SUV Comparison at Land Rover Louisville

Land Rover vs. Volvo

Two of the most recognizable names when it comes to luxury SUVs are certainly Land Rover and Volvo. Both have remained fierce rivals over the years and each fields a dynamic lineup of capable SUVs. If you’re having trouble deciding which of these two brands is the right fit for your lifestyle, Land Rover Louisville is here to help. We’ve assembled this in-depth model comparison in which we’ve compared the most popular Land Rover SUVs against the competition from Volvo. Once you understand the key differences in value, performance, capabilities, and technology – you'll see why more and more drivers continue to choose Land Rover.

Range Rover Evoque vs Volvo XC40

Range Rover Evoque S AWD Volvo XC40
2023 Range Rover Evoque S AWD VS 2023 Volvo XC40 B5 AWD Plus
$46,400 MSRP $44,045
246 ✔ Horsepower 247
269 lb-ft ✔ Torque 258
9 ✔ Transmission Speeds 8
40/20/40 ✔ Rear Seat Folding 60/40
21.6 cubic feet ✔ Rear Cargo Volume 16 cubic feet
3,968 lbs ✔ Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs
Optional ✔ Heated Windshield Not Available

For our first matchup we are looking at the Range Rover Evoque and the Volvo XC40, two compact SUVs made for city use. As you can see, horsepower ratings are practically identical, but the Evoque delivers a bit more torque, always good to have in an AWD SUV. The Evoque also comes with a more sophisticated 9-speed transmission, giving you a more rewarding driving experience. And for driving in cold weather, you can add heated seats and a heated steering wheel to either of these vehicles, but only the Evoque has the option of a heated windshield, an extremely useful thing to have.

The rear cargo area of the Evoque is noticeably bigger than the one in the XC40, and the 40/20/40 folding seat configuration gives you more options for hauling larger items while aslo carrying people as well. Finally, towing capacity is greater on the Evoque, making for an all-around more useful vehicle.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Volvo XC60

Land Rover Discovery Sport R-Dynamic SE 4X4 Volvo XC60
2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport R-Dynamic SE 4X4 VS 2023 Volvo XC60 B5 AWD Plus
$50,000 ✔ MSRP $51,295
249 Horsepower 247
269 lb-ft ✔ Torque 258 lb-ft
4409 lbs ✔ Max Towing Capacity 3500 lbs
9 ✔ Transmission Speeds 8
20 inches ✔ Wheel Size 19 inches
41.3 inches ✔ Front Headroom 38 inches
32.2 cubic feet ✔ Cargo Volume (behind second row) 22.4 cubic feet
5+2 ✔ Seats 5
10 inches ✔ Touchscreen Size 9 inches

In our second matchup, the proven Land Rover Discovery Sport goes up against the mid-sized Volvo XC60. For fairness, we’ve compared equivalent trim levels fitted with an all-wheel drive or 4X4 system. Although the Discovery Sport costs less, it bests the more expensive Volvo in several key categories.

When it comes to power, the XC60 is closely matched with the Discovery Sport. However, the Discovery Sport offers more torque and substantially better towing capacity. In fact, the Land Rover Discovery Sport can tow nearly half a ton more than the Volvo XC60. A more sophisticated 9-speed automatic transmission provides extra response and control on your drive as well. Larger 20-inch wheels give the Discovery Sport a more commanding presence on the road.

When it comes to interior refinement, the Discovery Sport remains the superior option compared to the XC60. The larger infotainment touchscreen is just one indicator of this. You get more headroom in the Discovery Sport, and a lot more room behind the second row of seats. There is actually so much more room behind the second row of seats that the Discovery Sport has the option of an additional two small seats, perfect for younger children.

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Range Rover Velar vs Volvo XC90

Range Rover Velar S P340 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription AWD
2023 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic S P340 VS 2023 Volvo XC90 B5 Plus
$69,200 MSRP $64,495
3.0-liter Turbocharged 6-Cylinder ✔ Engine Size 2.0-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
335 ✔ Horsepower 295
354 lb-ft ✔ Torque 310 lb-ft
4,430 lbs ✔ Curb Weight 4781 lbs
5,511 lbs ✔ Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs
Power ✔ Steering Column Adjustments Manual
Optional ✔ Air Suspension Not Available

Searching for a larger SUV? Let’s see how the formidable Range Rover Velar competes with the range-topping Volvo XC90. Although the prices are very similar, that’s where the similarities end.

If you’re craving maximum performance, the Range Rover Velar is the better choice thanks to its potent turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. The XC90 is powered by a smaller turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. As a result, the Velar offers greater horsepower and torque figures than the XC90. More capability allows for more memorable adventures.

The Velar is also lighter than the XC90 by 351 pounds, and you’ll feel that in the more engaging driving dynamics on the road. And while both vehicles offer large interiors with lots of cargo space, the bigger engine in the Velar will let you tow more. A power-adjustable steering column and much more comfortable optional air suspension just show what a more refined vehicle the Velar really is.

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Winner — Land Rover

Range Rover Velar Profile

Now that we’ve tallied the results, the clear winner of this competitive comparison is Land Rover. Volvo simply cannot compete with the outstanding performance, value, refinement, and premium standard amenities found on the Range Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport and Range Rover Velar. Ready to experience the Land Rover lineup for yourself? Our team at Land Rover Louisville is standing by to help you choose the model that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle.

*Starting at price shown is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling charge ($1,175 for Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport, $1,275 for Range Rover Velar, $1,475 for New Range Rover, New Range Rover Sport, Discovery and Defender), tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination/handling charge and may include optional equipment but excludes tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing. Total Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price includes destination/handling charge and may include optional equipment but excludes tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.