Tracing its roots to the fox-hunting upper crust of England, the Velar nameplate has returned after being rebadged the Range Rover in 1970. The Range Rover Velar provides unparalleled design inside and out while remaining true to the Land Rover moniker by retaining impressive off-road capabilities. With a base price of $50,895, the Velar balances the elegance of the Evoque with the brawn of the Sport, filling a gap in their SUV lineup. The Range Rover Velar will fall into class with the BMW X4 and the Mercedes GLE. Having said this, it is hard to truly compare it to other vehicles in-class, due to its innovative technology, minimalistic styling, and extensive capabilities.
The Velar is one of the most customizable vehicles around, both inside and out. Interior options include unique seating choices and exclusive materials such as wool and synthetic suede. Finishes range from aluminum and various types of wood up to woven copper and carbon fiber. Exterior colors remain on the neutral side and can be accented with a contrasting roof and an endless choice of wheels. Customizability continues digitally with two 10 inch touchscreen displays controlling ambiance settings, terrain response, and multi-zone climate control. Dual screens improve access to media and Bluetooth services as the lower screen can control both without interrupting GPS guidance on the upper screen. An additional screen spans the instrument panel showing the speedometer, vehicle statuses, and drive control. Advanced safety features include blind spot detection, active cruise control, and 360-degree cameras facilitating safe rides. Adding Park Assist will extend autonomous capabilities through the ability to maneuvering the vehicle into a parallel parking spot. With optional massage seats and configurable ambiance lighting, commutes become more enjoyable than ever.
“It’s roomy enough for a family, not so big it’s awkward in cities, and capable of unusual off-road feats. In a way, it’s hard to see direct rivals.” –Top Gear
Passengers and luggage will be comfortable as the versatility of the Velar shines on the way to the cabin. The Velar can hold up to 34.4 cubic feet of gear with all five seats up; a folding 40/20/40 second row will increase capacity to an impressive 70.1 cubic feet when completely flat. Bringing the boat or jet skis is no problem with a towing capacity of either 5,291 or 5,511 pounds depending on engine choice. Optional dual headrest entertainment systems provide endless entertainment with multiple audio and video options which include full access to the vehicle’s audio systems without interrupting media enjoyed by the driver. Rear seat passengers will be able to view GPS functions eliminating the ‘are we there yet’ question as they have access to an ETA and a map. They are able to search for restaurants and shopping along the route which can be sent to the main GPS. The driver will be able to approve or decline the suggested stops on the GPS. Second-row passengers can experience an expansive view of the sky with an optional sliding panoramic roof giving the Velar and expansive feel.
Driving around town becomes a breeze with the Velar whose stately presence masks a nimble soul. The only question remaining is which engine is best for you? The first is a rare diesel offering, just one of eleven diesel models certified for sale in the U.S. The 2.0L Turbodiesel has an I4 producing 180hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. The diesel model leads the lineup in fuel economy with an average 28 mpg. Many buyers will opt for the gasoline-powered 2.0L Turbo I4 with 247hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. This version will average 23 mpg. The thrill seeker will likely choose the Velar’s largest engine, a 3.0L Supercharged V6 throwing out 380hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 of 5.6 seconds, the Velar will turn any commute into anything but ordinary. Despite being top of the line, the Supercharged V6 will still get a reported 20 mpg topping out around 24 mpg on the highway.
The Range Rover Velar epitomizes British luxury in every aspect from its head-turning design to its versatility both on and off the road. Choose an SUV that will morph to your lifestyle as a new vehicle should ultimately improve quality of life through enhanced safety and comfort.
To fully experience the Land Rover Velar, see the folks at Land Rover Minneapolis at 8905 Wayzata Boulevard in Golden Valley (866) 836-9019, landroverminneapolis.com