New Range Rover Velar
The Range Rover Velar is an all-new model that sits between the smaller Evoque and the larger Sport, and it goes up against rivals such as the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan. Why those models? Because, according to Range Rover, the Velar is the most car-like SUV it has ever made, as hinted at by the very sleek styling.
The all-new Velar has been described by its maker as a “new type of Range Rover for a new type of customer”. It’s not really as groundbreaking as that, as this is still an SUV in the same kind of mould as all recent Range Rover products, but it does move the game on a fair bit in terms of styling, technology and the way it drives on the road.
- Sits between Range Rover’s Evoque and Sport models
- Sleek five-door styling and road-biased handling
- Six engines ranging from a 180hp 2.0-litre to a 380hp 3.0-litre V6
- All-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard
- Twin high-definition 10-inch touchscreens; 12.3-inch digital instrument display
To give you some idea of exactly where the Velar sits between its closest family relatives, its wheelbase is much closer in size to the larger Sport, while its width is in between the two. However, it’s almost as low as the Evoque, illustrating how sleek and sporty it is compared to other Range Rovers.
Watch the Velar and some of its features in action here:
A major selling point of the Velar SUV is the way it looks. From its minimalistic features like the very flash pop-out, flush-fitting door handles to its sloping roofline that gives it a sportier look than all but the three-door Evoque, the Velar looks really special. That smooth, streamlined design isn’t just for looks, either, as this is the most aerodynamic Range Rover to date.
- Ten wheel designs ranging from 18 inches to 22 inches in diameter
- Flush-fit pop-out door handles with LED lighting
- Full-LED lighting with optional Matrix LED technology
- Choice of 13 exterior colours
The Velar’s interior design is actually a match for its stunning looks, believe it or not. Range Rover has tried to make the inside as clean-looking and simple to use as possible, with switches kept to a minimum, and the result is undoubtedly one of the best interiors in its class. That’s hardly a surprise, as Range Rover interiors are often regarded as some of the finest around.
It’s definitely still very clearly a Range Rover inside (it looks just like a more modern Range Rover Sport), but there is some very sophisticated new technology to enjoy, which we’ll cover in more detail soon. And it’s as practical as you’d expect. The boot has a capacity of 632 litres, even including a spare wheel, which is all but the same as the BMW X5. Although the seating position isn’t as high and commanding as in some SUVs, there’s still plenty of space for all passengers to enjoy a very comfortable ride.
- Sustainable, premium textile seat material option
- 40:20:40 splitting rear seats with ski-flap
- 632-litre boot extendable to 1,731 litres
- Four USB sockets and three 12V plugs as standard
The Velar has some seriously impressive technology on board. The new ‘Touch Pro Duo’ infotainment system consists of two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens, the top screen dealing with the entertainment side of things and the bottom screen controlling systems like drive settings and heating controls. There’s also the option of a 12.3-inch digital display panel in front of the driver, showing virtual dials and all the driver info like satnav instructions and fuel level.
There are plenty of engines to choose from for the Velar. A 2.0-litre diesel comes with either 180hp or 240hp, or there’s a 3.0-litre diesel with 300hp. Petrol engines range from a 2.0-litre with either 250hp or 300hp to a 3.0-litre with 380hp.
Even though the Velar is supposed to be the most car-like Range Rover to date, the company still reckons it’s more capable than any of its rivals off-road, thanks to a host of advanced all-terrain features. All Velars will be four-wheel drive and come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
- CO2 emissions of as little as 142g/km
- 3.0-litre petrol V6 with 380hp; 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds
- Standard four-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic gearbox
- Air suspension standard on 3.0-litre cars and optional on 2.0-litre versions
- 2,500kg towing capacity
Range Rover Velar specifications
The 2017 Range Rover Velar range comprises a standard model and S, SE and HSE versions. There are also Velar Black and Luxury exterior styling packs, for an even more premium appearance, or for a sportier look you can choose the Range Rover Velar in R-Dynamic specification.
Standard spec includes:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Heated front seats
- Keyless entry and engine start
- Full-LED headlights and tail lights
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Gesture-control automatic tailgate
- 10-way electric front seats
- Leather upholstery
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Matrix LED headlights with high beam assist
- 360-degree view parking assist
- 12.3-inch digital instrument panel
- 825-watt Meridian sound system
- 21-inch alloy wheels
- Leather seats with massage and climate function for the front
- Power-adjustable steering column
- Adaptive cruise control with Queue Assist
Range Rover Velar First Edition
Topping the Velar range for its first year on sale will be the First Edition. It’s only available with the 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, and it comes with plenty of desirable technology and features. It’s only available in one of three satin-finish colours, hand-sprayed by Jaguar Land Rover’s specialist bespoke vehicle builders, so it’ll be easy to spot on the road.
- Extra leather interior trim
- 1,600-watt Meridian Signature sound system
- Matrix-laser LED headlights
- 22-inch split-spoke wheels with diamond-turned finish
- Corris Grey, Silicon Silver or Flux Silver paint in unique satin finish
See what Auto Express thinks of the new Velar:
Range Rover Velar prices start at £44,830. That’s pretty much smack bang in the middle of the Evoque and Sport, with the Velar about £15,000 more expensive than the Evoque and £15,000 cheaper than the Sport. It’s also cheaper than both the BMW X5 and X6.