Is The Range Rover Velar The SUV You Want Or The One You Need?

Land Rover filled the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport last year by launching the new Velar.

Based upon the same aluminum architecture as the Jaguar F-Pace and XF, the SUV goes up against the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, BMW X4 and Porsche Macan.

It has a clean and modern design, similar to the brand’s latest vehicles, and some high-tech features, such as the pop-out door handles. This makes it more like a Tesla Model S than an off-roader, something the British automaker is famous for, according to Consumer Reports’ review.

The cabin is nicely designed, too. Everything is modern and feels well made, and Land Rover went the extra mile to add not one, but two touchscreen displays. The upper one is used to access the navigation, sound system, and phone, and it’s not exactly intuitive, whereas the other controls the AC, driving modes and other functions.

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On the move, the Range Rover Velar feels more like a sports sedan than an SUV. The ride is composed, seats are supportive and even the driving position is lower than in other vehicles made by Land Rover.

The eight-speed auto that comes standard with the 247hp (251PS / 184kW) 2.0-liter engine in the SE trim tested by CR shifts smoothly, but customers can also opt for the 3.0-liter V6, with 380hp (385PS / 283kW). And there’s a 2.0-liter diesel option, too, rated at 180hp (183PS / 134kW), which starts from $56,200.

Speaking about the price, the base Velar costs at least $49,900, and that’s without destination and handling charges. Going for the SE grade will set you back for a minimum of $60,100 with the four-banger gasoline unit and $61,600 with the diesel, whereas the R-Dynamic HSE is a hefty $77,100.

  • Jay

    Definitely don’t need it but I want it for sure. Now if only they could be more reliable..

    • Six_Tymes

      most people don’t read stat changes year after year, and often keep regurgitating the same old negative mantra over and over again even if its not true anymore, even if lets say 10 years blew by and reliability has gone way up, they still say the same old thing.
      they have improved quite a bit, especially with the new engines they are now using have made big differences along with their use of better electrical harnesses, starting back in 2014, i may be off a year one way or another on that, but i think it was 14. If I had big bucks, i would buy one, or lease. I did rent a brand new HSE Sport just this year at Enterprise and was very impressed with it, we had it for an entire week and drove it from FL, to north NJ. My wife’s only minor complaint was the seats, she thought they should have more cushion, I think they were fine. I really liked the HSE sport a lot, so much so if my business ever takes off and i can afford one, ill be checking these out for sure.

      • Jay

        Yes I’m aware they are getting better but for me I think it’ll still be a lease only Brand.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    I think I’ll sit this one out… so neither.

  • Bash

    Isn’t this the case with most of our cars choices?…
    I would definitely want it.

  • benT

    neither want nor need.

  • Gary

    By default this a shared Car/CUV platform. Artificial heightened seating position can’t detract from what it is underneath. That’s my biggest gripe with CUVs; they’re enhanced high riding wagons on car platforms and it feels like I’m sitting in a moving tub.

  • Galaxium

    I love how this looks. I hate to mention this every time, but the infotainment system still is as unreliable as ever.

  • I look at Velar and it is a nice vehicle, but honestly I’m practical person and I would choose Discovery instead.

  • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

    Jaguar XF Sportbrake for me, if I had to pick a JLR product.

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