Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Land Rover Range Rover Velar estate?
A lot of Velars are used in towns and cities because they’re a stylish status symbol, but this means that the large alloy wheels (up to 22in on some models) are very susceptible to striking a curb. Make sure there aren’t any massive chunks taken out of them because they’ll cost a fortune to repair. Despite big mirrors and standard rear parking sensors, the Velar isn’t the easiest thing in the world to park, so check the bumpers and bodywork for dents and scratches.
If the car was ordered with a light colour interior then it might show up stains or have dye from clothes transfer onto the seats.
What are the most common problems with a used Land Rover Range Rover Velar estate?
It’s still a good idea to have a play around with the various touchscreens on the dashboard and make sure they don’t freeze. It might require a simple hard reset (turning the car on and off again) or it may require a trip to the dealership for diagnosis.
There have been two recalls so far for the Velar. The first related to petrol engines built between the start of production up until 31/01/2018. Fuel may leak from the fuel rails in the engine bay and requires replacement of the whole rail. The second relates to the air conditioning system that may not be able to de-mist the interior windows on Velars produced between 12/04/17 and 17/11/17. If you are in doubt, contact your local Land Rover dealer because they will be able to tell you if your car is affected.
In our most recent reliability survey the Velar finished in seventh place out of 11 cars in the luxury SUV class. Although 36% of Velars suffered a fault, the most common issues were minor niggles with non-engine electrics and the bodywork. Other troublesome areas included the air-con, brakes, infotainment system and interior trim. Three-quarters of the afflicted cars could still be driven, but a third spent more than a week in the workshop. More than 90% of repairs were covered by the warranty, but a very small percentage of owners paid out more than £1500.
Land Rover as a brand finished last, in 31st place out of 31 manufacturers.
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