The Car Connection Land Rover Range Rover Velar Overview
The Land Rover Range Rover Velar is a mid-size crossover SUV that's an admission of sorts from the automaker: not every Range Rover will leave pavement, let alone a parking lot. It's stylish and svelte, a high-brow shape with a high price tag.
Slotted between the steel-bodied Range Rover Evoque and the aluminum-bodied Range Rover Sport, the Velar shares attributes with both—though it's most directly related to the Jaguar F-Pace.
With the Velar, Range Rover design into its next generation with even fewer details and a more sophisticated shape. The headlights are slim LEDs, the roofline tapers quickly to LED taillights, and the door handles fold away into the body, a trick Land Rover might remember from the days when it was related to Aston Martin.
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The Velar's fashion-forward mix of formal lines and edgy details can be altered with a black roof or a body-color panel that gives it a Mini-like flair.
The Velar's interior pares down the usual controls to just a few knobs and switches. The other functions incorporate into a pair of 10-inch screens at the center of the dash. One controls navigation and audio, the other ancillary climate and comfort functions. The screens substitute fingertip gestures for switches, with swipe, pinch, and touch control over everything from playlists to air flow. Dubbed Touch Pro Duo, it has permanent touch-sensitive icons devoted to functions such as fan speed and defrosting.
For performance, the Velar ponies up a trio of powerplants. A turbo-4 in gas or diesel slots into base models. The diesel makes 180 horsepower, the gas version 247 hp. The latter's capable of 0-60 mph times of 6.4 seconds.
The performance option, for the moment, will be a supercharged V-6 with 380 hp. Land Rover pegs 0-60 mph performance at 5.3 seconds, and top speed at 155 mph. A high-power Jaguar F-Pace was announced in 2018, with a performance Velar surely to follow soon.
A steel-coil suspension and electric power steering can be upgraded to an air suspension. When so equipped, the Velar has 9.88 inches of ground clearance, and a fording depth of more than 25 inches. A drive-mode controller offers specific programming for the stability and traction control systems, spread across the usual gamut–mud, snow, rocks, and ice.
The Range Rover Velar can tow up to 5,512 lb. Wheel sizes range from 18 to 22 inches.
The Velar sits marginally shorter than the Range Rover Sport and its 115.1-inch wheelbase. The Velar's wheelbase is 113.1 inches, the same as that of the Jaguar F-Pace.
Land Rover delivers a useful interior with seats for five passengers, luggage space of 34.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and total interior space behind the front seats of up to 70.1 cubic feet. The second row may be cramped for tall passengers—grab the keys early.
Safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, and surround-view cameras.