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2018 Range Rover Velar P300 review – verdict

Does the stylish Range Rover Velar still work as a luxury SUV when fitted with a four-cylinder petrol engine? We've been finding out on UK roads

Words By Rory White

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Range Rover Velar P300

In some ways, this four-cylinder P300 engine works well in the Velar. It's quiet around town, for starters, and feels luxurious in its smoothness, even if the same cannot be said for its exhaust note when pressed hard. That you can still have air suspension for a pilllowy high-speed ride is nice, too.

But if you're looking at the cheaper end of the Velar range, we'd still recommend the D240 diesel first. It isn't quite as quick or refined, no, but it is cheaper to buy and run, emitting less CO2 and returning much better fuel economy for more miles between fill-ups.

Ultimately, though, when it comes to luxury SUVs, the old adage rings true: the more cylinders, the better. And, indeed, for the most luxurious Velar, you'll need a six-cylinder model.

What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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Range Rover Velar P300 HSE

Price Β£65,060 Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, petrol Power 296bhp at 5500rpm Torque 295lb ft @ 1500rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 6.0sec Top speed 145mph Official economy 36.2mpg CO2, tax band 178g/km, 34%

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