Range Rover Velar SUV - Luxurious and versatile
The Range Rover Velar is a luxurious and versatile SUV, which sits nicely between the smaller Range Rover Evoque and the larger Range Rover Sport. The Velar looks a million dollars and is sure to turn heads, thanks to its stunning design and sporty yet refined good looks.
The Range Rover Velar is a mid-sized crossover SUV, launched in 2017 and is equipped with the latest technologies. The Velar is fitted with a four-wheel-drive system across all models and is more than capable of going off-road for those who like an adventure.
The Range Rover Velar is available with a selection of powerful petrol and diesel engines, suitable for any journey long or short. There are currently four models to choose from; Black Edition, Velar, R-Dynamic and SVO. The Velar and R-Dynamic are available in a choice of 4 trim levels, standard (Velar/R-Dynamic), S, SE and HSE. This means there is a total of 10 different trim levels as such to choose from.
The Velar has not been around very long. Still, it's certainly made a big impact within the luxury crossover SUV market. It is more than able to compete with other premium luxury SUVs such as the Porsche Macan, Mercedes GLC Coupe and BMW X4, with the added bonus of being able to perform better off the tarmac than the others.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The Range Rover Velar is available with an array of petrol and diesel engines suitable for just about any occasion. All models are equipped with Range Rover's All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) to enhance the Velar's off-road and on-road capabilities.
There is a selection of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, all of which provide excellent levels of power and performance. All engines are mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, which can be switched to manual mode, allowing you to change gears using the flappy panels either side of the steering column.
There are four diesel options, two of which share a 2-litre, four-cylinder engine with different power outputs, the D180 and the D240. The D180 has 180hp and 430Nm of torque while the D240 has 240hp and 500Nm of torque. The D180 will hit 0-62mph in 8.9secs while the D240 covers the same feat in 7.4secs.
The other two share a 3-litre V6 engine with different power outputs, the D275 and the D300. The D275 develops 275hp and 625Nm of torque, and is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 7secs. The D300 generates 300hp and a massive 700Nm of torque, allowing the Velar to sprint from 0-62mph in 6.7secs.
The petrol line-up is a little smaller and is not expected to achieve the same amount of sales as the diesel engines. The entry-level petrol offering is a 2-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit developing 250hp and 365Nm of torque, capable of getting from 0-62mph in 7.1secs. The other petrol engine is the P300, which uses the same 2-litre engine as found in the P250, but power has been increased to 300hp and 400Nm, meaning the Velar will now race from 0-62mph in 6.2secs.
The final petrol offering is reserved for the top of the range, fire breathing Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography. It is powered by a 5-litre supercharged V8 developing 550hp and 680Nm of torque. It will rocket the Velar from 0-62mph in just 4.5secs and onto a top speed of 170mph.
Interior Quality and Technology
The Range Rover Velar interior is built to be luxurious, comfortable and relaxing, making journeys short and long easy and stress-free whether cruising on the open road or rambling off the beaten track. The first thing you will notice when you climb inside the Velar is the crisp, clean lines and modern contemporary dashboard layout, which doesn't look overly impressive, that is until you push the starter button, then the dashboard comes alive.
Standard Velar models come with a variety of technically advanced features such as; the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system which sits two 10inch HD touchscreen almost seamlessly above one another. The main top screen supports the majority of functions, whilst the bottom screen is used to access functions such as climate control and selecting your driving mode.
Some of the standard features include; DAB Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, Smartphone Mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as analogue dials with a central TFT display showing the driver information. Opt for the SE trim level or above and the analogue dials are replaced by a 12.3inch HD digital driver display cluster, this can be selected as an optional extra on lower-trim models.
Some of the other optional features, some of which come as standard on higher trim models, include; a head-up display (HUD), Rear Seat Entertainment Pack, which includes a pair of 8inch screens being mounted into the back of the front seat headrests, electronically adjustable seats along with lumbar support and a 360° parking camera.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Velar is a large SUV which offers a good amount of space inside, if not class-leading. Upfront there is copious amounts of headroom and legroom to accommodate any shape and size person, with variable adjustable front seats and steering wheel making finding a comfortable driving position an easy task.
Moving to the rear and space again is good but not great. There is plenty of headroom available to satisfy those taller passengers; however, leg and knee room is restricted by the front seats. If you are unlucky enough to sit in the middle, you will find your feet impeded by the central transmission tunnel. Children will enjoy the space and comfort of the rear of the Velar, especially if you have opted for the rear-seat entertainment package.
There are various useful storage compartments throughout the Velar, including generous door pockets front and rear, cupholders and a storage cubby under the front centre armrest. The Velar has a spacious boot with a capacity of 834-litres which can rise to 1705-litres with the rear seats folded down.
The Velar was awarded a 5-star rating by Euro NCAP when it was safety tested in 2017, scoring particularly high in the adult occupancy category. All Velar models come with an impressive amount of safety features, and assists such as; advanced emergency braking (AEB), multiple airbags, hill descent control (HDC), lane keep assist, cruise control with speed limiter and front and rear parking sensors.
The Range Rover Velar is a stunning luxury SUV, and a real joy to look at, drive and enjoy. It makes you feel special and gives you a real sense of occasion, thanks to its stylish body silhouette and premium swish interior. If you're after an SUV which performs well on tarmac but equally as well on gravelly tracks for those who like an adventure, then the Velar could be the perfect match for you.