Land Rover Range Rover Velar (2017) Review

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Land Rover Range Rover Velar (2017) At A Glance

4/5

+Wonderfully plush and modern interior, latest touchscreen system is a vast improvement, as comfortable as you'd expect from a Range Rover.

-2.0-litre diesel doesn't go with the premium feel, noticeable lean in corners despite the sporty pretensions. Report of build quality problems.

New prices start from £70,250, brokers can source from £41,695
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

The Range Rover Velar is designed to bring a 'new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance' according to Land Rover. Indeed, it describes it as a new type of Range Rover for a new type of customer. So who is the Velar aimed at?

Well, presumably it's someone who wants a car that sits inbetween an Evoque and a Range Rover Sport. This is the 'white space' (their words not ours...) that Land Rover has apparently identified. 

Essentially what you're looking at is a more 'dynamic' Range Rover designed as an alternative to the likes of the Porsche Macan, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and ironically the Jaguar F-Pace, with which it shares much.

So does the Velar live up to all the hype? Well it does a pretty good job. It's certainly a lovely looking thing, even more so when you see one in the metal, so to speak, and there are some special details, like the retractable door handles.

Then there's the interior. It's a huge step forward for Range Rover in terms of technology and design. In fact, the cabin is one of the best around - of any SUV (or crossover or whatever this wants to be labelled as). It's a lovely environment to spend time in and feels genuinely luxurious.

Despite the more swoopy shape, there's also decent space in the back and a big boot too. This is still a practical family car and being a Range Rover it's also pretty handy off-road. But it's on-road where the Velar has been designed to excel.

Here it's something of a mixed bag. The steering is quick and responsive - and there's loads of front end grip - so you'd think it would be a recipe for decent handling. But the body control is still very much in Range Rover territory, which means it rolls a lot, especially compared to a Porsche Macan.

That said, it rides well enough and is very relaxing to drive. What we're not too keen on is the 2.0-litre diesel engine. The Ingenium unit is certainly quick enough but lacks the refinement and smoothness you'd expect of a premium car like the Velar. Luckily, there are also decent petrols available. 

As for the name. Well 'Velar' dates back to the original Range Rover prototypes of the late 1960s. Back then Land Rover was limited to agricultural vehicles for farmers. However, keen to expand sales in the USA, it started work on the Range Rover in 1964. It used the Velar name to disguise the development of the prototypes on public roads between.

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Real MPG average for a Land Rover Range Rover Velar (2017)

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Average performance

79%

Real MPG

18–50 mpg

MPGs submitted

52

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Which premium SUV do you recommend?
"I have had a succession of very nice estate cars over the years, but I have been persuaded by my wife that I should now be looking at an SUV. I accept that in my mid 60s, the extra height would make life easier. I think I've narrowed things down to a choice between a Range Rover Velar, Jaguar F-Pace or Audi Q5, but they all have their issues. The Velar is undoubtedly beautiful and I can get a big discount, but its reliability and build quality is a concern. The F-Pace also works for me with its slightly larger size over its peers and general all round appeal, but I know a facelift is due soon - hence the offers and reduced APR. The Q5 is probably the sensible choice and as with all Audis is beautifully made and kitted out - but it's not the most exciting, is it? Which would you recommend and is there an alternative that I've missed?I'll be looking to buy a petrol as my mileage no longer warrants a diesel."
I would probably go with the 2.0 TFSI Audi Q5. It has a fantastic cabin and is really good to drive. In my opinion, It's one of the best premium SUVs on sale right. Might also be worth considering the Lexus NX 300h hybrid that uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor.
Answered by Dan Powell
What premium SUV model updates are coming soon?
"I'm going to change my Range Rover Velar shortly, after three years ownership. I'm considering another Velar, Alfa Stelvio or Maserati Levante. Are there any forthcoming model changes that I should be aware of with these vehicles?"
The Range Rover Velar's been on sale for three years so we can probably expect a facelift to be revealed soon. An updated Maserati Levante has been spied testing and is expected to go on sale in 2021. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio has recently been updated, too: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/alfa-romeo/stelvio-2017/history/
Answered by Andrew Brady
I bought a Range Rover Velar from a dealer and discovered that it is a pre-production model - what do I do?
"Having recently purchased a Range Rover Velar from a main dealer and paid £465 road tax I have just received the following from DVLA. "It has been identified that the above mentioned vehicle has been incorrectly licensed in the Petrol Car tax class. This is because the vehicle was declared as a prototype by Land Rover at the point of registration." "Land Rover has brought this vehicle to standard for use on the road. Whilst this does affect your use of the vehicle, it does affect the tax class of the vehicle. The correct tax class for your vehicle is Private Light Goods (PLG). As of 01/04/2019 the annual rate of tax for PLG vehicles is £265." "We are taking steps to amend the vehicle record and a new V5C registration certificate will follow shortly. However, you should be aware that when the vehicle is next due to be licensed, you will need to pay the rate applicable to PLG, not Petrol Car." What are the implications of this for insurance, speed limits and resale value? Should the dealer have declared this as a pre-production model?"
Pre-production cars are not generally sold to the general public. This is because they do not always meet the final specification requirements of the production models. This car may present serious problems in the future because it may not match the mechanical or electronic specifications of the production-approved Velar. This means it may be impossible for approved or non-approved JLR service centres to work on it. I would recommend rejecting the car. I would also recommend speaking with your insurer, as its pre-production status may invalidate the policy. If it does, insist that the dealer pays for the vehicle to be recovered. They should also reimburse you for any financial loss when it comes to cancelling the policy or transferring it to another vehicle. It's important to note that the liability is with the dealer that sold you the car, rather than Land Rover direct. By all means, tell Land Rover of the situation, but only the dealer will be able to refund your money or replace the vehicle.
Answered by Dan Powell
What £60k car should I suggest for my mum?
"My mum has a Nissan Qashqai and would like to replace it. A high driving position is a must for her, as is an automatic gearbox, she would like a high tech list, similar to the Tekna spec on the Nissan. She has a budget of around £60k. What should I tell her to consider?"
A Range Rover Velar might appeal to your mother. It starts at £45,000 but a £60,000 budget will get a top-spec HSE model with a few options. I'd also consider a Volvo XC90 or, if that's too big, a high-spec XC60.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Land Rover Range Rover Velar (2017) cost?

Buy new from £41,695 (list price from £46,110)