Range Rover Velar brings a fresh element of tech-cool and all-round luxury and capability to the Range Rover family
What is it?
And although the Velar shares the same platform and a lot of componentry with the F-Pace, it boasts a considerably different character. It’s still very plush and an excellent steer, but it has a multi-mode off-road system so the owner can take it through some rough stuff, should they choose.
The Range Rover Velar is a rival for the likes of the Benz GLC, BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and even its pretty cousin, the Jaguar F-Pace.
What’s it cost?
In traditional Land Rover fashion, the Range Rover Velar can be had in a number of different trim levels, engines and options.
The line-up starts with the Range Rover Velar P250 which is priced from $70,662 and tops out with the Range Rover Velar P380 First Edition which is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s lusty supercharged 3.0 litre petrol V6 and is priced from $168,862.
We tested the Range Rover Velar D240 SE which sits around about the middle of the range and is priced from $100,950 plus on road costs and options.
What’s it go like?
Pretty well, actually. The Range Rover Velar D240 SE is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s 2.0 litre twin turbo charged four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine.
The engine develops 177kW @ 4000rpm – the “D240” designation signifies a 240hp diesel lies under the bonnet and 500Nm from a lowly 1500rpm.
Performance off the line is strong, primarily because maximum torque is available from idle and when the Velar is on the move, acceleration is quick, smooth and linear. However, we did notice a brief delay from when the throttle was pushed to when the wheels were in motion.
Engine smoothness and refinement are generally good, although you won’t be mistaking this diesel engine for a petrol.
The automatic start/stop system quickly restarts the engine almost instantly once you’ve lifted your foot off the brake, although we do question the necessity of a start/stop system in a 2.0 litre diesel.
The eight speed automatic shifts quickly and smoothly, and you have the option of steering wheel mounted flappy paddles if you choose.
Land Rover claims that the Velar D240 SE will consume 5.8 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres on a combined cycle, although we found 8.9 litres to be more realistic.
Our Velar was sprung by Land Rover’s optional multi-adjustable air suspension system ($2110) and the on road ride is always plush, even when the car hunkers down in Dynamic mode for more poised and direct handling.
Dynamic was our favourite of the drive settings, it delivers the same velvety ride as Comfort role, but with less body roll and greater finesse.
Customers who wish to take their Velar off-road will be delighted to know that the Velar has a multi-mode off-road system with different settings for mud, rocks and sand. These settings along with the adjustable suspension should help prevent you getting stuck off the beaten track.
What’s it like inside?
Gorgeous. The Velar’s interior combines traditional Range Rover interior design cues with refreshingly modern design touches, much like the Velar’s exterior. The screen at the top of the dash is high resolution and the angle can set at the driver’s choosing.
The screen on the centre console is beautiful and offers a refreshing point of distinction. The screen can show a number of the car’s different features, including off-road settings, climate control, seat heating and cooling settings (this is optional and it was fitted to our test car) and infotainment settings.
The buttons on the steering wheel are permeable, depending on the function in use. For instance, the answer and hang up buttons are hidden until the driver makes or receives a call. Cool.
The seats are fabulously comfortable all round, and they’re wrapped in high quality and supple Perforated Windsor Leather Seats – $1910 which are delicious to the touch.
There’s ample room in all respects up the front, although we found the rear leg room adequate but a little tighter than expected.
The tailgate is electrically operated for greater convenience.
What we like:
- Style and presence
- All road ability
- Engine performance
Not so much:
- Some turbo lag off the line
- Standard equipment levels could be more generous
- Rear legroom could be better
- Diesel clatter
- Centre stack screen looks great, but toggling through functions can be fiddly.
Sale or no sale?
Yes. There’s something very alluring about the current crop of Range Rover products. Not only is the Velar cool, but its clever, luxurious, well-made and a sign of things to come from the British manufacturer.
20-Way Seats w/- Driver/Passenger Memory, Massage and Heated/Cooled Front Seats – $7730, Sliding Panoramic Roof – $4370, Interior Luxury Pack – $2440 Head-Up Display – $2420 Premium Exterior Pack – $2310 Electronic Air Suspension – $2110 Perforated Windsor Leather Seats – $1910 Firenze Red Metallic Paint – $1780 Configurable Dynamics – $940
Privacy Glass – $890 Electrically Adjustable Steering Column – $890 All Terrain Progress Control – $640 Premium Carpet Mats – $640 Solar Attenuating Windscreen – $560 Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting – $540 Satin Blonde Linear Veneer – $440 Terrain Response 2 – $430