Land Rover Range Rover Velar review

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Land Rover Range Rover Velar
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22 Jul 2017 22:01 | Last updated: 23 Aug 2018 11:32

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Velar. It’s an odd name, isn’t it? But believe it or not, it isn’t the result of a few glasses of wine and a Scrabble bag; there is history to it.

When Land Rover developed the original Range Rover back in the 1960s, the firm wanted to conceal its identity, so it derived Velar from the Latin word 'velare', meaning to hide.

History lesson over. So, what is the 21st century Range Rover Velar? Put simply, it’s a rakish five-door SUV that fills the huge £30,000 price gap between the entry-level Evoque and the cheapest Range Rover Sport. It’s also the most road-biased Range Rover yet, even though it’s still incredibly capable on the rough stuff, thanks to standard-fit four-wheel drive and a raft of clever tech.

As for rivals, it’s up against the likes of the BMW X4, Mercedes GLC Coupé and Porsche Macan, although you could also have a seven-seat Audi Q7 for that kind of money. High-spec models cost a similar amount to the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé and BMW X6.

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There are 8 trims available for the Range Rover Velar estate. Click to see details.See all versions
RANGE ROVER VELAR
Entry-level models get a DAB radio, touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, a better stereo, keyless entry, auto braking, LED headlights and an automatic gearbox. We suspect the cloth seats...View trim
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R-Dynamic
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S
S spec appeals due to electrically adjustable leather seats, 19in wheels, sat-nav, a rear-view camera and a powered, gesture-controlled tailgate...View trim
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£48,375
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R-Dynamic S
R-Dynamic pack brings dark wheels and sportier looks inside and out, including swish, satin-chrome gearshifters to the S trim...View trim
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£50,704
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SE
SE gets 20in wheels, adaptive headlights, a 360deg camera system, blindspot monitoring, a 12.3in digital instrument cluster and an even more powerful stereo. Tempting if you’re thinking of adding a...View trim
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R-Dynamic SE
R-Dynamic pack brings dark wheels and sportier looks inside and out, including swish, satin-chrome gearshifters to the SE trim...View trim
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£53,447
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HSE
Top-of-the-line HSE gets 21in wheels, 20-way electrically adjustable seats finished in softer leather, leather on the dashboard and doors, adaptive cruise control and park assist. Luxurious but pri...View trim
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£56,344
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R-Dynamic HSE
R-Dynamic pack brings dark wheels and sportier looks inside and out, including swish, satin-chrome gearshifters to the HSE trim...View trim
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£58,674
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