Land Rover Range Rover Velar review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Range Rover Velar 2022 front cornering
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 rear cornering
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 interior dashboard
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 interior rear seats
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 interior infotainment
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 right tracking
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 front right cornering
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 rear cornering
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 interior front seats
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 interior detail
  • Range Rover Velar 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

If you avoid petrol-powered Velars, you’ll find running costs are not too painful. The D200 diesel is worth considering because it has the best official combined fuel economy figure (aside from the optimistic figure provided for the P400e plug-in hybrid), and even the far punchier D300 is capable of more than 30mpg when driven sensibly. It's also worth knowing that the Velar's starting price, with our favoured D200 diesel engine, is quite a bit cheaper than most of its rivals, including the BMW X6 and Audi Q8 – partly because most competitors offer only bigger six-cylinder diesel engines.

None of the conventional engines are great for company car users because they are all in the top tax bracket. We’d therefore point you towards the P400e, which, when specced correctly, emits as little as 49g/km.

We'd go one rung up for the S because it comes with our preferred D200 engine and adds some useful extra kit for a reasonable cost. You get 14-way powered front seats, the upgraded infotainment system with built-in navigation and Meridian stereo, power-folding door mirrors, 19in alloy wheels and a powered tailgate. We don't think going to the SE or beyond adds enough extras to justify the price hike, unless you want to opt for a more powerful engine or the company car friendly P400e plug-in hybrid option.

You get more engine choices with R-Dynamic S and R-Dynamic SE versions. They get the same basic kit as S and SE, but add sportier styling. R-Dynamic HSE has Windsor leather, an electrically adjustable steering wheel, the upgraded sound system and the 20-way heated and cooled electric front seats. Edition models don’t add much other than a unique 20in wheel design. HST is the only way to get the P400 engine, but it does add suede cloth inserts on the seats and steering wheel, and a head-up display.

Range Rover Velar 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

Overview

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar is a stylish, refined and seriously appealing large SUV. If you keep to small wheels, it's a comfy companion while our favoured S trim gets plenty of kit. It’s best to stick to the cheaper trims and engines – once you start moving up the range, the price rises into the realms of better-resolved cars, such as the Audi Q8 and BMW X6.

  • Decent economy with diesels and plug-in
  • Smooth and punchy D300 engine
  • Good off road
  • Average rear leg room
  • Wallowy handling
  • Some cheap plastics inside
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