Stunning good looks; large and luxurious interior; advanced control displays; capable off-roading ability; numerous powertrain options
Thick pillars hamper visibility; air suspension's stiff ride; complex controls; price
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar is new for 2018. It features progressive styling, a choice of gasoline or diesel engines and the latest in high-tech and off-road-capable hardware.
For our money, we'd go with either the SE or the R-Dynamic SE with the 2.0-liter turbo. We like the power, the price and, best of all, the coil-spring suspension. Load up with either as many or as few option packages as you like, and you'll have a very comfortable and capable luxury SUV.
Land Rover offers the Velar in six trims: base, S, SE, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and First Edition. The base model is only offered with the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, while the SE and First Edition come only with the 3.0-liter supercharged V6. All others can be equipped with any of the three engines mentioned in the fuel economy section.
The Velar ($50,895) features a coil-spring suspension, the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, all-wheel drive, 18-in alloy wheels, LED headlights, Luxtec and suede seats, a 250-watt sound system with 8 speakers, keyless entry, a sliding panoramic glass sunroof, rear-parking aid, flush deployable door handles and Touch Pro Duo with voice control. Standard driver assists include lane-departure warning, blind spot monitoring and autonomous emergency braking.
The Velar S ($55,695) adds 19-in wheels, a power gesture tailgate, auto-dimming power-folding side mirrors, perforated leather seating, 10-way power front seats with driver memory, rear-seat power recline, an 11-speaker/380-watt Meridian sound system, a rearview camera and navigation.
The Velar SE ($68,395) adds the 3.0-liter V6 engine, 20-in wheels, the Park package (featuring a 360-degree parking aid and reverse traffic detection), the Drive package (including a driver-condition monitor and blind spot monitoring with traffic-sign recognition), an 18-speaker/825-watt Meridian sound system, upgraded Navigation Pro and an interactive driver display.
The Velar R-Dynamic SE ($61,095) brings 20-in satin dark alloy wheels, a power-adjustable steering column, 20-way power seats with driver/passenger memory massage, heated and cooled front seats, adaptive cruise control with intelligent emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, self-parking assist, fog lamps and R-Dynamic styling treatment.
The Velar R-Dynamic HSE ($68,595) includes 21-in alloy wheels and additional leather upgrades.
The Velar First Edition ($90,295) comes fully loaded with every available option, including a heated steering wheel, a head-up display and a 22-speaker/1,300-watt Meridian sound system.
Options are bundled mostly into packages and consist of most of the standard features found on the higher-end trims. Some of the more notable packages include the Drive Pro package (blind spot monitoring with closing-vehicle detection, intelligent emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and a driver-condition monitor); the Off Road package (All Terrain Progress control, configurable Dynamic Mode Driver Chassis Control and Terrain Response 2); and the Park Pro package (parallel and perpendicular parking assist, a 360-degree parking aid and reverse traffic detection).
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2018 Audi Q5 -- The Q5 has been around longer than the Velar and therefore has an established reliability and resale history. The Velar offers more engine choices and is superior off-road, although the Q5 costs less and its 2.0-liter turbo gets better fuel economy.
2018 Porsche Macan -- If you're looking for high-performance SUV, the Macan has it over the Velar by a mile. You'll pay a substantial price over the Velar, especially if you start loading up on options, but hey, it's a Porsche.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee -- The Jeep Grand Cherokee may not have a lofty British name, but it's a remarkably well-equipped SUV. In Summit or Overland trim, the Grand Cherokee comes pretty close to the Velar's luxury levels, and it's easily as capable off-road.
Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport -- A used 2012-2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers more power and better off-road performance, plus its traditional boxy styling still appeals to the Land Rover faithful.