2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Diesel

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar


  • Distinctive styling inside and out
  • Refined driving experience
  • Strong V6 engine


  • Gloss-black interior is a fingerprint magnet
  • Touch-sensitive steering wheel controls give too many false positives

Which Range Rover Velar does Edmunds recommend?

With so many varieties, choosing the right Land Rover Range Rover Velar can be daunting. If you prioritize style, the visual upgrades that come with the R-Dynamic could be worth the money. But most shoppers should start with the S. This trim level has access to all three engine options and includes the features you'll most expect from a luxury SUV. The S also has optional packages that get you the extra standard features from the higher trim levels, so you can choose the options you want without having to pay for something you'll never use.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.4 / 10

The Range Rover name is a special thing for Land Rover, such that there hasn't been a new variant since the subcompact Evoque was introduced in 2012. So there's some significance to the arrival of the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar. It's a relatively affordable Land Rover SUV — at least compared to the regular Range Rover — that also happens to be the most attractive model in the lineup.

Much as how it's positioned between the subcompact Evoque and midsize Sport, the Velar's size sits somewhere between traditional compact and midsize premium SUVs. Its design also departs from tradition, making the most dramatic visual update to the brand's iconic look both inside and out.

Though it looks and drives differently, the Velar is based on the Jaguar F-Pace, sharing its drivetrain options and underlying structure. It is available with one of three engines: two turbocharged inline four-cylinders (one gas and one diesel) or a supercharged 3.0-liter V6.

Also differentiating the Velar is its available off-road equipment, which ranges from height-adjusting air springs, a mechanical locking rear differential, and a low-speed cruise control. Serious off-road enthusiasts should still look elsewhere — the Velar is suited more for boulevards than boulders — but it has enough off-road capability to make you feel as if you can, even if you never will.

Overall, the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar is an interesting model to consider if you're shopping for a luxury crossover SUV. It's larger and more expensive than SUVs such as the BMW X4 and the Porsche Macan but smaller and less utilitarian than the midsize models (think BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE) its price can bump against. It's arguably the most stylish of the bunch, though. If you find the Land Rover brand appealing, the new Velar should be a great choice.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar configurations

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar is available in five different trim levels, each with a greater number of standard features throughout. The undesignated base trim Velar is only available with one engine choice, but it has dual-zone climate control and adaptive suspension dampers. The S offers two optional engine choices along with more comfort and utility features. The R-Dynamic SE and the R-Dynamic HSE don more stylish bodywork and bigger wheels. Lastly, the First Edition is essentially an HSE with most of the Velar's options as standard equipment.

The base Velar starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (247 horsepower, 269 pound-feet of torque) that's connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Standard feature highlights include adaptive suspension dampers, 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers and LED headlights. Inside you'll find dual-zone climate control, faux leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, two 10-inch infotainment touchscreens, two USB ports and an eight-speaker sound system.

Standard driver assistance systems include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, hill start assist, automatic emergency braking, and driver-adjustable drive settings for different surfaces including mud, sand and rocks.

The S adds two engine choices to the mix — a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (380 hp, 332 lb-ft of torque) or a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel-powered four-cylinder (180 hp, 317 lb-ft of torque). The S also includes 19-inch five-spoke wheels, a power tailgate with hands-free opening, auto-dimming side mirrors, leather upholstery, power-reclining rear seats, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system navigation, and Jaguar InControl smartphone app integration.

Along with 20-inch wheels, the R-Dynamic SE receives more aggressive-looking bodywork and special exterior trim. The interior features perforated leather with microfiber-suede seat material along with trim-specific finishes. Entertainment upgrades consist of a full-digital gauge cluster and a 17-speaker Meridian sound system. Driver assistance additions include blind-spot monitoring, a driver attention monitor, traffic sign recognition, and front and rear parking sensors.

The R-Dynamic HSE looks similar to the SE, but it rides on 21-inch wheels. The interior gains extended leather trimming and upgraded front seats (with massage, heating and ventilation functions). Adaptive cruise and lane keeping assist are standard as well.

Think of the First Edition as an HSE with most of the options as standard equipment. It is only available with the supercharged 3.0-liter V6, and it includes some mechanical upgrades (air springs, a rear locking differential and larger front brakes) plus a low-speed cruise control intended for off-roading. Other standard features include 22-inch wheels, a black roof, a heated windshield, upgraded interior trim, a heated steering wheel, configurable ambient interior lighting, a head-up display, a surround-view camera system, two extra USB ports for the second row, and a 23-speaker sound system.

Most of the extra standard features of the higher trim levels are offered as options on the lower trims.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE (turbodiesel 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).


Its relatively svelte and aerodynamic body lines suggest speed, but this diesel-powered Velar's best performance attribute is its brakes. Despite good thrust from a stop, the powertrain lacks responsiveness and feels anemic at speed. Meanwhile, its quick steering and soft suspension don't mesh well.


Low-end thrust from the diesel engine is strong and makes the Velar feel quicker than its 9.6-second trot to 60 mph suggests. It's great around town, but accelerating from higher speeds reveals its power deficit. You can work around it if you know what to expect.


The Velar has reassuring, light-effort brakes that are easy to operate smoothly. They also deliver stable, consistent stopping power in an emergency braking situation. The ABS acts quickly and quietly. In our testing, the SUV slowed from 60 mph in 122 feet.


The steering is overly sensitive right off-center, given the amount of body roll the Velar returns. It's akin to moving your head quickly without sufficient neck muscle support. It has a good on-center feel but doesn't convey much of the texture of the road beneath the tires.


The Velar has some sporting pretensions, but the experience isn't cohesive even for a diesel-powered SUV. Yet it's not the hard-wearing tires that are holding it back. Rather, the soft suspension can't keep up with the path corrections provided by its all-wheel-drive and braking systems.


This SUV requires planning ahead. Initial acceleration is good, but big accelerator inputs while at speed elicit a leisurely response from the powertrain. The transmission is much more attentive when commanding shifts via the paddles. The idle-stop system can be a bother in traffic.


The absence of low-range gearing combined with the somewhat tight approach, departure and breakover angles — not to mention the huge wheels and short tire sidewalls — limit the Velar's abilities somewhat. Yet, you can order special off-road features such as a rear locking differential.


The Velar's wonderfully comfortable seats make its stiff ride more tolerable. Adjusting the tire pressures can help, but it's only recommended under specific Light load situations. Diesel clatter is mostly absent, but other noises permeate the cabin.

Seat comfort

The front seats have great support all around. The cushions are firm but comfortable, with decent power cooling and heating. The massage function is more of a gimmick than a real benefit. The back seats have an independent power reclining function across the 60/40-split. All armrests have excellent padding.

Ride comfort

With the recommended Normal load tire pressure settings, the Velar rides harshly over less-than-smooth surfaces. The ride drastically improves when set to the lower Light load pressures (for up to three people). It isn't plush, but it is far more livable especially when equipped with 20-inch wheels.

Noise & vibration

For a luxury SUV, there's more wind noise than we anticipated, plus a noticeable amount of low-frequency boominess when rolling over sharp bumps. Tire noise is otherwise pretty minimal, and the usual diesel engine clatter has been effectively muted.

Climate control

The touchscreen complicates the climate controls by prioritizing sleek minimalism over straightforward convenience. Our tester's four-zone climate control maintained comfortable cabin temps, aided by decently powerful temperature controlled seats.


The Velar's stunningly sharp and attractive dual touchscreen interface is unfortunately slow to respond and a hassle to use. Rear-seat legroom is lacking, but there is otherwise a decent amount of cabin space. Highly adjustable 20-way front seats are the highlight.

Ease of use

Dual touchscreens and touch-sensitive steering wheel controls look fantastic but are slow to respond, unnecessarily complicating all tasks. The latter are especially unresponsive, which makes accessing the driver-specific functions a nuisance and a distraction. This system is difficult to live with.

Getting in/getting out

The step-in height is a little elevated to improve ground clearance. And the roof is a bit low due to the Velar's sleek profile, creating a minor inconvenience when exiting or entering the cabin. Otherwise, the seats are at an optimal height, making it easy to slip into the cabin.

Driving position

There's excellent variability in the 20-way adjustable seats. You can sit low and feel more ensconced or higher up for a commanding view of the road. The adjustment range for the steering wheel's tilt and reach is decent, and you get a sizable dead pedal for resting your left foot.


The wide center console eats into the front occupants' space, but otherwise there's a fair amount of room. Rear legroom could be better. An average-size person will fit, but hard front seatbacks leave little wiggle room. The seats offer good toe room and decent seat width and headroom.


There's adequate visibility straight back, nicely sized sideview mirrors and rear cabin windows that help in the usual blind spots. The front pillars are somewhat wide, and the mirrors mildly obstruct forward visibility through turns. Some might be bothered by the heated windshield squigglies.


The interior build quality is top-notch. Soft, high-quality leather abounds. The high-resolution dual touchscreens are especially handsome and high-tech. Were it not for their sluggish responses and some too-wide exterior panel gaps, the Velar could've set a new standard in its class.


The Velar benefits from ample rear cargo space with flexible options for keeping cargo buttoned-down. The rear seats fold flat and have multiple release latches, which is a nice convenience. There's a variety of useful small-item storage, though most spots are modestly sized.

Small-item storage

Three cupholders sit up front with decent-size rubberized door pockets. A small space behind the lower touchscreen, a shallow center armrest bin and a relatively modest glovebox can conceal small items. The rear door pockets are smaller, and the center armrest has cupholders with an anti-tip design.

Cargo space

There's a fairly good amount of rear cargo space at 34.4 cubic feet, which is somewhere between a compact and a midsize SUV. Nice features for the cargo area include robust sliding tie-down points and convenient hooks that can flip down to hold bags. The 60/40-split rear seats fold nearly flat.

Child safety seat accommodation

Isofix anchors are easily accessible beneath plastic covers as are the exposed rear tether points. The available legroom in back will probably be the limiting factor for fitting rear-facing car seats.


The Velar's dual touchscreens are among the sharpest-looking on the market. And its maps are enhanced with satellite imagery and live traffic via Land Rover Pro Services. Its smartphone interface isn't bad but lags behind the industry standard, and its driver aids are hit or miss.

Audio & navigation

Our tester's premium Meridian system has good sound quality and significant bass supplied by a factory subwoofer. The nav system has modern 3D-satellite imagery, live traffic and pinch-to-zoom functions. We successfully located various destinations, including the Edmunds office, without issue.

Smartphone integration

Bluetooth pairing isn't the quickest, but you can do it on the move. The media interface is pretty basic and not as good as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto since it doesn't allow you to access certain things easily, such as audiobooks. Phones can stay charged up thanks to two USBs, a 12-volt and HDMI plug up front, and a 12-volt for the rear.

Driver aids

Driver aids are hit or miss. Forward collision is a bit sensitive; adaptive cruise brings you to a stop but can only be set above a certain speed. The parking aid is dormant until Reverse is selected — the parking sonar must be manually activated if nosing in.

Voice control

The Velar's voice controls are pretty basic and limited to making phone calls, tuning the radio or accessing your media library. Surprisingly, there are no voice commands for the navigation system. Like the rest of the system, the voice commands are pretty slow to react.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

Overall Consumer Rating
2.915 reviews

Most helpful consumer reviews

Everything you want in an SUV
Love everything about this SUV. It’s ultra modern dash was a huge selling point. I got the R Dyanamic with the digital display. If I had to find something that I didn’t like it would be the gas tank at 16 gallons is too small.
Chip service for expensive car
I'm Velar owner and was rejected in several NJ service centers to be provided loaner car in the time of recall services. Recall service is because of Land rover Problems and should be handle by L.R . the car on warranty. I don't understand the reason I should pay for renting car. Contacted with Land Rover USA , not better, answer to my email "We apologize for your dissatisfaction.. To better assist you, I have forwarded your information to our Customer Relationship Representative, Nancy. She can be reached at , 1-800-637-6837, option 9, ext 1309001. You may reference Case number 8000577844, should you need to contact us. Your situation will be researched and you will be followed up with within two business days." No body pick up phone and no returned call after 5 messages that I left during the week.
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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Vela Expert Rundown Review

Edmunds experts get behind the wheel for the first drive of the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar. Travel to Norway with Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago as he checks out Land Rover's brand-new crossover SUV, the 2018 Range Rover Velar, which slots in between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. The elegant Velar features design elements such as flush door handles, a Range Rover first, and small taillights, the smallest in the Range Rover lineup.

Features & Specs

26 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
26 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
26 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
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Our experts’ favorite Range Rover Velar safety features:

Adaptive Cruise Control
Adjusts the speed of your SUV to keep pace with the vehicle ahead.
Intelligent Emergency Braking
Applies the brakes automatically if it senses an unavoidable front collision.
Blind Spot Monitor
Gives a visible notification if it senses a vehicle in any of your blind spots.

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More about the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar is a stylish and comfortable addition to an exclusive family of luxury SUVs. In the Range Rover line, it slots between the subcompact Evoque and the midsize Sport. Like other Range Rovers, it comes in a variety of trim levels that reflect different levels of equipment and cosmetic changes, though all come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Each trim level above the base model has access to three engine choices: a supercharged V6 and two turbocharged inline four-cylinders (one powered by gas and the other by diesel). Likewise, most features are available as stand-alone options, so you can pick upgrades that are standard on costlier models without having to pay for things you don't plan on using.

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar is offered in base, S, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE, and First Edition trim levels. The entry-level base trim is called Velar and has the bare minimum of features, including simulated-leather seating and a rearview camera. Also, it's only available with the gas-powered four-cylinder. That's why it's worth stepping up to the S. It not only includes the features you expect in a luxury SUV — such as leather seats and auto-dimming mirrors — but it also can be optioned with all the equipment and features available on higher trim levels.

The R-Dynamic SE and the HSE gain more expressive exteriors in the form of new bodywork and larger wheels, while additional comfort and driver assistance features, such as blind-spot monitoring and a more powerful stereo, warrant the jump in price. Lastly, you think of the First Edition as an HSE with most of the options as standard equipment, including a suite of off-road equipment and seats with heating, ventilation and massage functions.

The Velar is difficult to compare against other premium SUVs because it's bigger than traditional compacts and smaller than most midsize models. The Range Rover name also means a premium price, even among luxury marquees. Ultimately, these characteristics make the Velar a unique offering. And if that's what you're looking for, let Edmunds' superior shopping and research tools help find the perfect 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar for you.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Diesel Overview

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Diesel is offered in the following styles: R-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A), S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A), and R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A).

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Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Diesel and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Range Rover Velar Diesel 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Range Rover Velar Diesel.

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