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Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
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heycar review

      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
heycar editorial team

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Stunning to behold, expensive SUV

Best bits

  • Gorgeous exterior styling
  • Plush, modern interior with lots of tech
  • Relaxing to drive on the road, very capable off it 

Not so great

  • Grumbly four-cylinder diesels lack grunt
  • Very expensive compared to rivals
  • Not as practical as its seven-seat alternatives 

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Range Rover Velar frontright exterior

Overall verdict

Range Rover Velar front interior

On the inside

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Driving

Range Rover Velar front exterior

How much does it cost to run

Range Rover Velar frontright exterior

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"If style is your passion the Range Rover Velar should be at the top of your list. It's stunning on the outside, and feels slick and modern on the inside. It's a refined and comfortable cruiser rather than a sporty drive, but has the traditional SUV strengths of a big boot and great off-road ability, we just wish it came with more kit."

Range Rover Velar frontright exterior

The Range Rover Velar is a style-conscious SUV with serious off-roading credentials that commands a high price to go with its fashionable looks. Slotting in between the smaller Evoque and larger Range Rover Sport, it comes with all the capability you'd expect from a Land Rover, loaded with the latest on-board technology.


It has a wow-factor that few SUVs can match - an undeniable part of its appeal - and the main reason buyers in this price range pick one brand over another. You can further enhance its looks with the R-Dynamic styling pack, transforming the car from smart 4x4 to glitzy bauble, with a pandora's box of additional bling available.


None of this stuff represents great value though, and it feels as if Land Rover has skimped on the equipment list. Standard models get all the usual essentials, but sat-nav and leather upholstery are both missing. That's forgivable in an entry-level family hatchback, less so a luxurious SUV with a starting price north of £45,000.


It does look impressive inside, with a flash pair of 10-inch touchscreens, attractive interior design and wide range of different trim finishes with names like 'Satin Umber' and 'Copper Weave' should you wish to indulge.


Poke around a little, and the veneer of quality starts to slip, with a few cheap-feeling plastics above the dials and in the lower reaches of the cabin. You'll need to upgrade to our preferred 'S' trim for it to feel really plush.


Even though this car is priced to match larger seven-seaters such as the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 and BMW X5, the Velar only has room for five. That's understandable given the presence of the Discovery in Land Rover's line-up, but if practicality is a top priority, it could be a deciding factor in picking one of the rivals we mention.


It does make up for this with a seriously large boot. In fact, few owners will find it wanting for luggage space, towing capacity (all Velars can haul up to 2.4 tonnes) or off-road capability. It has an array of electronic aids to help you tackle mixed terrain should you wish to explore the great outdoors, and a set of all-season tyres.


Every Velar comes with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Plus a choice of smaller, more efficient four-cylinder engines, and a pair of powerful V6s. Both diesel and petrol buyers are well catered for, but the high-performance flagship is petrol only, using a 5.0-litre V8 engine with a towering 550PS. It's also got more official titles than a senior member of the Tories; badged as the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition.


It costs an eye-popping £86,000 so this car competes with a wide set of rivals, varying from smaller and sportier SUV coupes to hulking full-size 4x4s. None beat it for looks, but some are sharper to drive fast.


We like the Range Rover's softly-sprung suspension, precise steering and reassuring stability, but it's not as engaging on a twisty road as a Porsche Macan, and only models fitted with air-suspension glide over bumps.


Since it looks so striking, this lack of cornering agility is unlikely to matter to many buyers. If you can afford it, then it's a compelling package, but the further up the range you go, the harder it gets to justify the high price.

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Land Rover Range Rover Velar

3.0 D300 R-Dynamic HSE 5dr Auto

  • 2019
  • 10,669 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Rockar Land Rover
  • United Kingdom, E201EJ
Price:£50,990
PCP: £678.18/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £678.18, Customer Deposit: £7,648.00, Total Deposit: £7,648.50, Optional Final Payment: £26,670.00, Total Charge For Credit: £7,064.80, Total Amount Payable: £58,054.80, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.68%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

2.0 D240 R-Dynamic Se 5Dr Auto

  • 2020
  • 12,076 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Harwoods Land Rover Basingstoke
  • Hampshire, RG216XH
Price:£43,990
PCP: £619.65/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £619.65, Customer Deposit: £6,598.00, Total Deposit: £6,598.50, Optional Final Payment: £25,575.00, Total Charge For Credit: £9,871.25, Total Amount Payable: £53,861.25, Representative APR: 10.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 10.38%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Range Rover Velar right for you?

First and foremost this is an SUV for the style-conscious, with concept car looks and a high price to match. It is stunning to behold, and has a glamour few of its rivals can match. It's for you to decide if it's really worth it.


Why do we say that? Well, the Velar has one of the broadest ranges of any model, and in the mid-range this car competes with seven-seat rivals that trump if for practicality, standard equipment and fuel efficiency too.


That doesn't mean it's more style than substance though. With the right engine, this is a smooth and refined motorway cruiser, with useful off-road ability. It's just not the most practical choice, even if you do get it dirty.


It'll suit buyers who don't mind paying a premium for its sleek aesthetic. Since it's at its best when fitted with one of the 3.0-litre V6 engines and the upgraded 'S' trim, we do hope those people have very deep pockets.

What’s the best Range Rover Velar model/engine to choose?

Although the Velar is priced like a luxury SUV, it doesn’t come with the standard equipment to match. In its entry-level guise you won’t get sat-nav or leather trim, and only SE and HSE cars get a digital driver's display. 


It's easy to get confused by the numerous configurations on offer, but if you want a car with reasonable fuel economy that is priced roughly halfway between an Evoque and the full-fat Range Rover Sport, get a D240.


While this engine isn't as smooth as the V6 models, it's got a huge amount of pulling power, and the cash this saves can go towards upgrading to the 'S' specification to get a nicer interior, sound system, and sat-nav.


Push the boat out to get either the D275 or D300 though, and you won't regret the investment. Both engines give the Velar effortless pulling power and superior refinement, without crippling running costs.

Speaking of which, we really can't recommend any of the petrols. They lack grunt on the motorway and guzzle fuel.

What other cars are similar to the Range Rover Velar?

As we've alluded to, Land Rover designed this car to fill the yawning gap between Evoque and Range Rover Sport in price. It aimed to combine the catwalk style of the former with the sporty handling poise of the latter.


That means at the lower end of the range the Velar competes with other sleek, premium coupe SUVs, such as the entry-level Porsche Macan, and the flagship versions of both the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe.


It certainly doesn't feel as sporty as the Porsche to drive, but the British car is lavishly appointed inside when compared with either the BMW or Mercedes. If you're after a thrilling experience at the wheel, Alfa Romeo's racy Stelvio Quadrifoglio could be worth a look, as this 510PS model uncuts the V8-powered Velar by £15k.


However buyers who merely want a large SUV for its practicality will be better off with a posh seven-seater.  The Audi Q7 and BMW X5 are two of the best, with gorgeous interiors, and superior infotainment systems. These models are available as plug-in hybrids too, helping significantly cut running costs for business users.

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Range Rover Velar front interior

On the inside

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Driving

Range Rover Velar front exterior

How much does it cost to run

Range Rover Velar frontright exterior

Prices, versions and specification