2018 Range Rover Velar 2.0T First Drive: You Asked, We Answer

We recently spent a week with the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE and asked our readers if they had any questions about the model. Hopefully you’ve already had a chance to read our review but, if not, we’ll touch on some of the same subjects in the answers below.

A number of questions focused on the Velar’s four-cylinder engine and Caddy45 asked “Does it feel underpowered or sluggish?”

We’d never advocate against additional power, but the four-cylinder engine does surprising well considering the Velar weighs 4,217 lbs (1,912 kg). The 247 hp (184 kW / 250 PS) engine isn’t going to blow you away but it’s perfectly acceptable around town and on the highway. I had a few chances to really explore the Velar’s acceleration on entrance ramps and the model can hustle with relative ease.

Sebajfobias wanted to know “Do the screens work all the time? I have issues with them staying blank on some occasions.”

All the screens worked fine during our time with the Velar but we’ve seen reports of people having issues in the past. Several reviews on Land Rover’s website specifically mention problems with the screens.

While we didn’t have any issues, I did notice a weird quirk. If you double tap the top menu area of the lower screen, it’ll show up blank. For example, clicking the seat menu twice would take you to the seat menu but it wouldn’t show anything. It seems like an odd software quirk and, frankly, it doesn’t make much sense.

LWOAP wanted to know “What do you like most about [it] and what do you like least?”

The Velar’s design really stands out as it’s one of the best-looking crossovers on the market. That knock out styling continues in the cabin as everything is well-made, good looking and nicely thought out.

Unfortunately, the design also has a major drawback. My house is right next to a three-way intersection, so I naturally turn my head around every time I’m backing out. When I did this in the Velar, I couldn’t really see anything thanks to the small windows and thick pillars. The rear-view camera and rear cross traffic alert system do their best to mitigate the problem, but it’s just not the same as actually seeing things with your own eyes.

Gizmos, gadgets and gimmicks

The Velar comes packed with special touches and I was kind of curious if the power retractable door handles would get annoying after a little while. Thankfully, they only take a second or two to deploy so they’re not much of an issue.

Besides the door handles, the Velar has some gimmicky touches that are supposed to impress owners. The rising shifter is pretty well known at this point but one of the nicer touches is the approach lights in the mirrors. When unlocking the model at night, they project a circular light pattern which houses a Velar design in the center.

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Photo credits: Mike Gauthier for Carscoops

  • Six_Tymes

    Inside and out, they sure know how to design. now, lets see how the new electronics and new engine line up lasts. I saw a Velar HSE model a few months ago parked, it was extremely impressive to look at, I would image it drives just as good. I am familiar with the Sport HSE as I rented one for two weeks, It was Very impressive, my only nit pick would be the front seats, as they were a tad stiff for the long drive we went on. A beautiful SUV all around.

  • Bash

    It really attracts attention and lots of eyes.

  • Rich Money

    This color combo is a bit garish. What would your ideal color combo and wheel size selection be for the Velar? They can look quite different depending on these specs.

  • S3XY

    Looks really nice

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