Range Rover Velar First Glance Review
With the current Range Rover lineup of the Evoque, Sport and full size Range Rover, some have struggled to see where another model could fit into the range, however on reflection, it looks like the new Velar does fit a convenient gap between the Evoque and Sport. Size wise it is similar to the new Discovery, and in profile up to the C-Pillar they share a lot of styling DNA.
It would be fair to say then that the new Velar is a premium, 5 seat only variant, of the new Discovery. However the reasonable entry point in cost of just shy of £45,000 does appear to devalue it a little as it is so close to the £43,500 entry point for the Discovery.
However, with this minor differential in mind, it will contribute to making the new Velar a roaring success as you can get behind the wheel of a decent size Range Rover, with a luxury feel for the same price as a Discovery. Who wouldnt want one?
On launch the new Velar is coming in 3 key variants. The all singing First Edition which is fully speced with just about every conceivable option comes in at £83,350 with the diesel engine of an extra £1,900 for the petrol engine. Alternatively, the Velar comes as a Velar or a Velar R-Dynamic with enhanced styling. Each one then comes as an S, SE or HSE specification, following the long standing trim level increments. The S includes all your normal creature comforts and technology with LED headlights, Gesture Tailgate, Perforated Leather Upholstery, Meridian 380W sound system, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Rear Parking Sensors, Autonomous Emergency Braking, 19³ Wheels, Satellite Navigation etc. Moving up to the SE will give you larger 20³ wheels, Matrix LED headlights, upgraded 825W Meridian Sound System, Interactive Driver Display, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Traffic Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter. Moving to the HSE will bring you even more tech with Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keep Assist and bigger still 21³ Alloy Wheels. On the face of it the SE represents the best value for money.
Looking to the inside of the Velar it is quite a change from the other Range Rovers on offer, it looks and feels a bit more contemporary, the much larger widescreen infotainment display draws you towards it more, and the highly graphical display underneath for climate control etc seems to be a big step forward in making the Range Rover look more futuristic. The rear looks capable of accommodating 2 adults comfortably and 3 without too much shoulder jostling.
Engine wise, there are two key options on offer, the 300hp V6 Diesel Twin-Turbo or 380hp Supercharged Petrol. The Diesel will almost certainly be the most popular power-plant getting you from 0-60mph in only 6.1s whilst returning a respectable 41mpg combined, however one cannot ignore the prospect of the Supercharged Petrol taking you to 60 in only 5.3s but at only 30mpg combined it is thirsty.
Overall the new Range Rover Velar looks to fill a gap in the range that one didnt quite realise was there until it was filled and it now seems perfectly logical. It will certainly be a success and make the Range Rover brand even more accessible and desirable.
Residuals will be strong on the new Velar and JCS are already taking deposits for the new Velar in time for September delivery.
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