The new Range Rover Velar is Land Rover’s new mid-sized SUV, it sits between the Evoque and the Sport in the range and hopes to appeal to drivers wanting a bit more style and class. [See: Range Rover Velar Car Leasing Deals for our latest car leasing offers]
Land Rover is known for its premium quality and that’s no different on the Velar, premium materials can be found throughout the interior and the dual screens add another dimension to the luxury SUV class.
A digital driver’s display sits where the traditional instrument binnacle would be, giving new functionality for drivers to see driver information and various other menus.
The Velar is a technology-filled style icon with a lot to offer, but is it enough to fend off the fierce competition?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Range Rover Velar.
The Range Rover Velar is quite pricey, especially when you start to go through the range to the different specification levels. For example, the entry-level model starts from £44,830, although, it’s worth noting that you don’t get SAT-NAV or leather seats and standard.
To get SAT-NAV you have to jump up to the S model which comes in at £50,420.
As mentioned above, there is a digital driver’s display which replaces the traditional instrument binnacle, but to get that you have to jump up another specification level to the SE which holds a price tag of £56,060.
Despite the hefty price tag, the Velar really is an impressive car that offers quite a lot of technology throughout the range and will certainly turn heads on the road.
The Range Rover Velar is a really good looking car, the slightly sloped roof-line helps take away from the size of the car whilst the flush door handles add a streamlined effect. At the front is Land Rover’s traditional grille that has been used on Range Rover vehicles for the past few years.
The headlights are quite thin, which again adds to the streamlined effect and matches the rear lights for a uniform look.
The exterior design and features do differ in the specification levels, the entry-level trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers.
If you move up to the S model you'll benefit from 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, reversing camera and rear parking sensors.
The next trim level up which is the R-Dynamic S gets upgraded front and rear bumpers which add a more sporty look.
If you go further up in the range not much changes in terms of exterior styling, you will notice some minor differences such as more aggressive bumpers on the R-Dynamic HSE trim, or the bigger alloys on the SE model and above. Higher models in the range do benefit from LED headlights and further customisation options for customers such as colour trims to set them apart from the cheaper models in the range.
Overall, the Range Rover Velar is a fantastic looking car, it's sloping roof-line really does add a sportier, more sleek look whilst the big alloy wheels give the Velar a great road presence and really sets it aside from other vehicles on the road.
The interior on the Velar really does set it aside from rival vehicles. It brings high-tech and luxury together, it's worth noting that if you want all the bells and whistles and really want your Velar to stand out then you're probably better off avoiding the entry-level trim.
All models benefit from the dual-screen infotainment system and SE models and above get an additional screen in place of the traditional instrument binnacle.
There is a range of aluminium, ash and carbon fibre trims offered that give customers the chance to personalise the cabin, but it's worth noting they do come as an additional cost and range from £80 to £1,215 depending on what materials you pick.
There is also an optional panoramic glass roof, this makes the interior feel a bit more open and bigger, this does come standard on the First Edition model but is an optional extra on all other Velars, this will set you back £1,395. If the sliding panoramic sunroof is a bit of a stretch then there is a fixed option which is priced at £1,115.
In terms of the technology featured on the interior, all Velars do come with a dual-screen infotainment system, this allows you to control the car's heating functions, the top screen is used for Bluetooth, DAB radio and in S models and above is used for the SAT-NAV as well.
One thing to point out with the Range Rover Velar's infotainment system is that you can't get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring, although the infotainment system is great and you still get Land Rover's smartphone integration as standard on S models and above, it would've been nice to have that extra bit of functionality on such an expensive new car.
Luckily, Land Rover's smartphone integration does allow you to control a selection of apps such as Spotify, but again, it would've been nice to have the simplicity of using Apple CarPlay.
Overall, the interior and technology on the Range Rover Velar is really good, the infotainment system offers enough functionality to control everything that you need in the cabin, although, it would've been nice to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Throughout the interior, high-quality materials are used but lower down you may find some scratchy plastics, but those aren't really noticeable as they are low down in the cabin.
The Velar's interior is quite impressive, and so it should be for the price-tag, but keep in mind if you do need SAT-NAV you're probably better off avoiding the entry-level model.
Over the past few years, safety standards have increased, making tests more stringent. With that being said, Land Rover has made available the latest active safety technologies to the Velar.
The Velar scored a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, it scored 93% for adult occupant protection and 85% for child occupant protection.
The Velar comes equipped with Land Rover's latest advanced driver assistance features, these include; Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Reverse Traffic Detection, Matrix-Laser LED headlights, adaptive front lighting system, Land Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor, Intelligent Speed Limiter and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Overall the Range Rover Velar comes heavily equipped with Land Rover's latest safety assistance systems with all of its safety technology performing well in tests.
All Velar models come with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, a range of engines are offered in the form of three petrol and three diesel engines.
A 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine is offered in a 178bhp and 237bhp power output. The entry-level petrol engine is a new 2.0-litre with a power output of 247bhp. At the end of the year, we can expect to see a powerful 296bhp version of the entry-level engine.
Sitting at the top of the range is a 296bhp diesel and a 375bhp petrol which is a supercharged V6, taking the Velar from 0-60mph in just 5.3 seconds.
For those wanting a bit more power, you'll be happy to know that Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) is expected to bring out its own version of the Velar.
The Velar offers a good range of engines to suit every need, with its raised seating position it adds a great road presence and the sloped roof-line and slanted windscreen add a more sporty feel.
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