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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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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Land Rover Range Rover Velar estate running costs

Avoid the petrol-powered models and you’ll find running costs aren’t too painful considering the size of the car. The 178bhp diesel has an official average fuel economy figure of 52.5mpg, with the more powerful 237bhp variant coming in at 48.7mpg. Even the 3.0-litre diesel returns 44.1mpg on the official cycle, while CO2 emissions range from 142g/km for the 178bhp diesel to 167g/km for the V6.

Although early demand for the Velar means it’s not predicted to depreciate too heavily, this hasn’t translated into competitive finance deals. In terms of pricing, the entry-level Velar costs a little bit more than the top-spec Audi Q5. It's worth noting that the Q5 will be more efficient, quicker and better equipped, too.

At the other end of the range, the top-spec Velar's price puts it on a par with the much faster Porsche Macan Turbo and high-end versions of the BMW X6.

Land Rover Range Rover Velar estate equipment

Although Land Rover isn't outright stingy with equipment on the most basic Velar, the cloth seats and 18in wheels probably won’t appeal to many. What you do get is a DAB radio, Bluetooth, keyless entry, automatic emergency braking, LED headlights and an automatic gearbox.

With that in mind, we’d upgrade to S spec. This adds leather upholstery, 19in wheels, sat-nav, a punchier stereo, a rear-view camera and a powered tailgate. The only annoyance is that lumbar support is a pricey option.

SE is tempting if you’re likely to add a couple of options to S, although it’s predicted that most people will plump for HSE trim. While it is expensive, it includes features that are optional on many of the Velar’s rivals.

You can add an R-Dynamic pack to S, SE and HSE that brings dark wheels and sportier looks inside and out, including swish, satin-chrome gearshifters. For a limited time, there’s also a First Edition that gets a selection of premium options and fancy paint. It’s very expensive, though.

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Land Rover Range Rover Velar estate reliability

While we don’t yet know how reliable the Velar is, we do have data on its siblings, the full-sized Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. While the Range Rover had an average performance for reliability, the Sport scored poorly. Land Rover as a brand also performed poorly, ranking 31st in a table of 32 manufacturers.

It’s also worth remembering that the Jaguar F-Pace, which shares a platform with the Velar, scored below average in our 2017 reliability survey.

Land Rover Range Rover Velar estate safety and security

The Velar picked up a full five stars from Euro NCAP for safety in the event of a crash. Its overall score isn’t quite as good as the larger Audi Q7, but it’s very close and actually beats the Q7 on pedestrian protection. The Velar is better overall than the Porsche Macan, though.

All versions get automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning as standard, along with six airbags. Technologies such as a driver condition monitor, a blindspot monitor and cross traffic detection are also available.

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Verdict

The Velar is a stylish, refined and seriously appealing SUV, but there are better-finished and more practical alternatives

  • Refined V6 engines
  • Stylish interior
  • Good off road
  • Average rear leg room
  • Fiddly infotainment
  • Some cheap plastics inside
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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R-Dynamic S
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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
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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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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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