2018 Range Rover Velar 2.0 Turbo First Drive: Ask Us Anything

The Range Rover Velar is one of the hottest crossovers on the market right now and the model was a finalist for the 2018 World Car of the Year award. That’s an impressive resume but it’s just scratching the surface.

This week, we’re testing a 2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE which features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 247 hp (184 kW / 250 PS) and 269 lb-ft (364 Nm) of torque.

It is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system which enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h).

While the entry-level gasoline engine isn’t as powerful as the optional supercharged 3.0-liter V6, it enables the Velar to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.

The base Velar starts from $49,900 MSRP, but opt for the R-Dynamic model you see here and the price climbs to $60,100, and that’s before ticking any boxes in the options list. Our model is finished in a Firenze Red exterior and comes extremely well equipped as it stickers for a whopping $74,895. That means this particular Velar has nearly $14,000 in optional equipment, including 20-way heated, ventilated and massaging front seats as well as perforated Windsor leather upholstery.

There’s also an assortment of driver assistance systems as this Velar has the Drive Pro Package which includes Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Assist and a Traffic Sign Recognition system with an Adaptive Speed Limiter function. Another neat feature is the Adaptive Cruise Control system which has queue assist. If that wasn’t enough technology, the crossover also has park assist and a surround view camera system.

I’ll be posting a full review in the future but, in the meantime, here’s your chance to ask us anything about the model.

We’re changing up the format a little bit this time so instead of replying to your comments on this post, we’ll be answering a handful of the most popular and interesting questions in a later article. Hopefully this will enable us to better answer your questions and take some relevant photos. With that out of the way, feel free to ask away.

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  • TrevP

    These Velar’s are stunning!

  • caddy45

    Does it feel under-powered or sluggish? Both off the line and highway acceleration?

    • ira j.

      not really. i had one for 2 weeks as a loaner. it’s actually more responsive to partial throttle downshifts than my rrs superchrged

      • J G

        I have my P250 Velar since Feb, and after 5000 km I can confirm the 250 PS is more than enough, it’s still faster then Golf GTI 😉

  • Nordschleife

    74k and you still have those base looking wheels. I want to know how does that interior wear? Does it blemish easy like with jeans. How long are you keeping it?

  • Sebajfobias

    Do the screens work all the time? I have issues with them staying blank on some occasions.

    • Jay

      Yea thats a common issue. Im not sure if them being on is their intended function.

  • Jay

    I liked the Mercedes GLC but not now I’m sure which of these I want.

  • ira j.

    very nice vehicle but 2 complaints. one specific to this vehicle, and for one cars with purely digital displays. with digital displays, you have to scroll through several menus before you can make simple adjustments, which is distracting while driving. the specific complaint is that with such a low roofline and generous ground clearance, i banged my head several times while entering the vehicle. and i’m less than 6 feet tall

  • MJack

    How does it compare for space (driver, passenger and cargo) against the other models?

    • Matt

      Assuming they’ve also tested these ‘other models’ that you speak of… this isn’t a comparison test.

  • LWOAP

    So, what do you like most about and what do you like least?

  • Harry_Wild

    I rather have the Lincoln Aviator for $75K! It bigger and has American parts and can be service by any mechanic! No waiting for parts either!

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Spot on!!! This Velar is totally outclassed at this price point.

    • Matt

      The Aviator isn’t even in production… nor has anyone seen the final version.

  • SteersUright

    Interior is stunning, outside can be rather beautiful with the big wheels and right color. That said, 4-cylinders have no business being in a bigger Land Rover, and certainly not with under 300hp.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      I agree. 2 litre turbo for 74k… really???? Unbelievable!

  • Sebajfobias

    One more: can you measure 0-60 and 1/4 mile?

  • BlackPegasus

    This vehicle is just another design exhibition in my honest opinion, which means it’s absolutely useless for SUV buyers.

    But man oh man, it’s beautiful 😍. It’s like that super expensive men’s fragrance or nice suit you wear on special occasions. It exceeds it’s functionality with style, presence and a splash of arrogance.

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