The latest addition to Land Rover's Range Rover lineup is the Velar, and it's designed to fill the space between the compact Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. Land Rover makes no secret of the fact that the Velar is related to the Jaguar F-Pace, but aside from sharing basic proportions, the two SUVs are very different animals. The Velar takes traditional Range Rover styling cues and gives them a futuristic twist inside and out. With the Velar's all-LCD instrument and control layout, drivers are greeted by glossy black panels that burst into color when they switch on the ignition. It's a very cool bit of vehicular theater. For those who prefer their luxury without leather, the Velar offers a sustainable wool-based cloth, allowing owners to say that no animals were harmed in the making of their Range Rover.
Engine choices include 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinders in both gasoline- and diesel-fueled versions, along with a 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Given the F-Type's emphasis on sporty on-road performance, we were pleased to see that the Velar offers some element of light off-roading ability, especially when equipped with the optional height-adjustable air suspension. There's no low-range gearbox, however, so serious mud-pluggers would be better served by larger Range Rover models. On the open road, the Range Rover Velar is smooth, quiet and agile. Handsome, refined and sensibly sized, the Velar is a much-appreciated addition to Land Rover's Range Rover lineup.
Current Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover offers the Range Rover Velar in Standard, S, SE, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE trim levels. While larger Range Rover models are primarily high-end vehicles, the Velar's five trim levels offer a variety of equipment. Standard models come with an eight-speaker stereo and a faux leather and cloth interior. The S model is more in line with what we expect from a Range Rover, with standard leather, an 11-speaker Meridian stereo system, navigation and a power liftgate. SE models add even more high-end features, while the R-Dynamic trims offer further trim and driver-assistance enhancements. For the first model year, Land Rover will build a limited run of 500 V6-powered First Edition models. These Velars will come with unique trim enhancements and nearly all of the extra-cost features offered on the Velar's options list.
Standard models are available exclusively with the 247-hp 2.0-liter gasoline engine, while the SE comes only with the V6. The S and both R-Dynamic trims are offered with both gasoline engines as well as the 180-hp turbodiesel. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy estimates range from 20 mpg combined with the supercharged V6 up to 28 mpg combined with the turbodiesel.
At the time of this report, we had only tested the Land Rover Range Rover Velar on the smooth highways of Norway, where there were few road imperfections to upset the Velar's 22-inch wheels and low-profile tires. We were impressed by the Velar's refinement — though we expect nothing less from vehicles wearing the Range Rover brand — and we were pleased that the agility we've found in the Jaguar F-Pace is intact in its more well-heeled cousin. Prices are a bit high: With a couple add-ons, the Velar First Edition tiptoes its way into six-figure territory. But we think the Velar will be a welcome addition to the competitive midsize luxury SUV market.
Used Land Rover Range Rover Velar Models
The Velar was introduced as an all-new model for 2018.
Read the most recent 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar review.
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