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.