Is The Tech-Savvy Velar The Coolest Range Rover Ever Built?

If you’re going to spend upwards of $50,000 on an SUV and you want nothing but the best when it comes to style and technology, it would seem obvious that the Range Rover Velar should be on your shortlist.

It’s one of those rare premium products that’s fancy not just for the sake of it. In fact, the Velar is just as practical in its approach to comfort as it is with technology, and Doug DeMuro just happens to think that it’s the coolest Range Rover ever.

Of course, the R-Dynamic model he drove during this review was extremely well spec’d, costing roughly $85,000, which is all-new Porsche Cayenne S territory, but that’s a whole different discussion.

The first thing that one might find striking regarding the Velar is its appearance. The door handles sit flush with the body when the car is locked, as if to give you a hint of what’s to come once you climb inside and feast your eyes on the dual screen center console setup.

It’s there that the Velar really looks to impress, as there aren’t many physical buttons to operate – it’s all touchscreen and rotary dials. In total, the Velar has three digital displays, if you include the massively configurable gauge cluster, which you obviously should.

Finally, driving the Velar can be a surprisingly rewarding experience. DeMuro went as far as to say that it’s more engaging than a Jaguar F-Pace, giving it a 6/10 rating in the handling department, which he says is very high for an SUV, based on his Dougscore system.

  • Howstar

    If i’s spent $85,000 on a car and the screens locked up every other journey.
    I’d take it back

    • StrangerGP

      It’s not only the screens, it’s also the low quality leather on the seats and the poorly fitted tailgate (it’s not only this car, I’ve watched another video review and it was also misaligned). The depreciation is going to be huge.

      • TheBelltower

        He made too big of a deal about the dye transfer onto the seats. That’s normal with jeans, and it comes off with leather cleaner. That’s one area where I can’t fault RR. But still, the reliability of the electronics and plastics in Range Rovers are notoriously bad.

      • haudit

        Misaligned tailgates aren’t exactly rare. I’ve seen them on Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai, Peugeot, GM, Nissan and Volkswagen products. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eccc0c395afce83c2ae232eb07a6df6dc30d197966fdc1e3d5e76e9c5213d588.jpg

  • Nick099

    Yeah, well I actually saw this SUV with my own eyes.
    There is nothing like it. They styling is absolutely beautifully done.
    As far as the underpinnings…it’s all Jag F-Pace.

    I never like Range Rover anything before till the Velar.

    • HE SEEMS TO THINK IT DRIVES BETTER THAN IT’S DONOR UNDERPINNINGS.

  • An Existing Person

    This may well be the best looking SUV ever made in my opinion.

  • Enter Ranting

    That rear hatch sure doesn’t fit well for $85,000. Then there’s that pointless, unreliable tech overload and silly motorized gimmicks. And the cheap shiny black plastic dash. This car will sell for $25,000 as soon as the lease is up and everything quits working.

  • Javier Bl

    The less and worst Range Rover.

  • VERY NICE.
    THE SCREEN FREEZE WOULD PISS ME OFF IF THAT WAS A A REGULAR OCCURRENCE.

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