The Range Rover Velar is one of the most aesthetically pleasing SUVs available in the market. The stylish SUV stands out among its peers, thanks to its stylish exterior and tech. The Velar sits between the compact Evoque and the somewhat bigger Sport in Range Rover’s lineup of cars. If you are shopping for a premium SUV that is pleasing to the eye, pleasant to ride in, and above-average in off-road performance, the Velar should be at the top of your shopping list.
The Range Rover Velar is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard. This engine has 247 horsepower, a sufficient amount of power for day-to-day commuting and regular driving conditions. In our test, the Velar took 7.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standstill. In terms of handling, the Velar is sporty. It has precise and responsive steering, and its overall maneuverability is better than competitors in this segment. If there’s a downside to the Velar, it’s that the acceleration could be improved on the base engine offering. For those seeking quicker acceleration or more performance, the base engine will be underwhelming.
The Velar features an advanced suspension system designed to optimize comfort and handling. It manages to keep body roll to a minimum, fostering a more stable driving experience. At the same time, it absorbs road imperfections effectively, providing a smooth, comfortable ride regardless of the surface. This makes the Velar a capable vehicle for both highway cruising and off-road adventures.
Two central displays power Land Rover’s new infotainment system, which is one of the standout features of its interior. Land Rover has made significant improvements to their infotainment system in recent years, and these enhancements are evident in the Velar. The system is designed to be more intuitive and user-friendly, providing a seamless and convenient experience for the driver and passengers. The two-screen setup in the Velar’s cabin is visually appealing and adds a modern touch to the interior design. We did notice some issues with slow response times, but it was never too bad. The only downside of the two-screen system was that the screen washed away in direct sunlight.
In terms of connectivity and features, the Velar is well-equipped with advanced driver assistance systems. It offers features like adaptive cruise control with steering assist and surround-view cameras that provide a comprehensive view of the vehicle’s surroundings, making parking and maneuvering easier. Additionally, all models of the Velar come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Velar offers a high level of luxury, making it an attractive choice for many buyers. The interior of the Velar showcases a modern and upscale design, with not many buttons, resulting in a clean and minimal appearance. Attention to detail and quality is evident throughout the cabin as everything feels well-made and upscale.
In terms of comfort, the Velar excels in providing a pleasant driving experience. It offers a smooth and refined ride thanks to the well-tuned suspension system. Additionally, the cabin remains quiet even at highway speeds, something expected from a Land Rover product.
The climate control system is efficient and effective, ensuring that the cabin remains comfortable regardless of external weather conditions. The front seats offer a wide range of adjustments, allowing occupants to find their preferred seating position easily. The seats themselves are exceptionally comfortable, providing support for long journeys.
The Velar offers a decent amount of cargo space in the luxury compact SUV class. With the rear seats up and in use, it provides approximately 875 L of cargo space. If you need more space, you can fold down the rear seats which results in a generous 1775 L of cargo space. This should be more than enough for most buyers, especially the ones who transport longer items on a more usual basis.
The cabin feels open and somewhat spacious. Considering this is a two-row luxury SUV, we were surprised by the lack of storage space for personal items. However, there is a small area located beside the gear shift which can be used as a storage area for smartphones, keys, or other small belongings. The door pockets in the Velar are deep, allowing for convenient storage of various items such as water bottles, small bags, or other essentials. In terms of rear seating, the Velar offers sufficient space for installing car seats. The wide doors make it easier to access the rear seats and install or remove car seats.
Land Rover estimates that the P250 with the 4-cylinder engine is rated at 11.5/9.0 L/100 km (city/highway). We were able to achieve similar numbers on our testing.