Land Rover Range Rover Velar

The Range Rover Velar comes with a choice of three different engines. At the bottom of the range is a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged unit making 247 horsepower. Even with the base engine, Land Rover claims the Velar will hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, making the Velar pretty quick with this engine. For drivers who need even more power, a 3.0L Supercharged V6 makes 380 hp, good for 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. And of course, in keeping with tradition, the Velar is also available with a much more frugal diesel engine, a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo making 180 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all-four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Velar is available in three basic trims for 2018, though Land Rover offers several specification packs for a few of the trims, giving buyers more choices than what's obvious. The Velar is offered in standard base, R-Dynamic and First Edition trims.

At its core, the Range Rover Velar comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, an 8-speaker, 250W sound system, heated mirrors, 10-way adjustable front seats and an Advanced Driver Assistance system which features an autonomous braking system, a lane departure warning system, a rearview camera and intelligent cruise control. The S package will add an 11-speaker sound system, perforated leather seats, auto-dimming and power folding outside mirrors with a nifty approach light and bigger, 19-inch wheels.

The R-Dynamic comes with 20-inch wheels, a different front and rear bumper design, burnished copper accents fore the interior, front fog lights and a 17-speaker 825W sound system.

The First Edition pretty much comes loaded to the roof with convenience and styling features. Highlights include 22-inch wheels, configurable ambient interior lighting, a power adjustable steering column, 20-way power adjustable front seats with heating and cooling and a memory function and 23-speakers and 1600W of sound system.

Editors' Review

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Feb 2018

In Norway, minimalist design is king. Clean lines and unfussy surfacing abounds, from the weather-beaten farmhouses and modern commercial buildings that dot the landscape, to the Scandinavian furniture and clothing that all seems carefully curated inside them. It's form-follows-function, it's gorgeous, and it's no accident that none of it distracts from the country's omnipresent scenic vistas.

This Northern European country is thus an appropriate location for our first drive of the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar. The handsome new SUV was designed, after all, with what the British automaker calls a "reductive design approach," and it shows. Land Rover designs are already largely free of superfluous touches, but the Velar takes things even further, with slimmed-down LED headlamps, spare bodysides and even flush-fitting retractable door handles, just like a Tesla Model X.

The finished product manages to look streamlined and powerful, without veering toward austere or brutalist. If any rugged SUV can be described as elegant, it's the Velar. In fact, its only real problem is that it renders the models sitting above it in Land Rover's hierarchy slightly stodgy by comparison -- an achievement that is no mean feat.

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The Good Arguably the most stylish SUV on the market today, the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar is also one of the most well-rounded models on the market. With ample power, a peerless cabin, surprising off-road chops and much-improved tech, the Velar might make "Cool Britannia" a thing all over again.

The Bad The Velar can get very expensive, very quickly thanks to a long list of desirable options. Its new infotainment system is much improved, but still not class-leading, and it still doesn't offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

The Bottom Line Not just one of the best new vehicles to be seen in this year, the Land Rover Velar is also one of the best to drive.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 9.5
  • Media 8.3

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