2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Pros: Exotic, high-end styling inside and out; off-road ability; comprehensive array of safety and convenience features; lots of options for personalization

Cons: Steep pricing; not quite as practical as many class rivals, so-so ride quality

CG Says: Land Rover introduces the Range Rover Velar for 2018, an all-new SUV that blends the brands’ trademark off-road prowess with exceptionally sleek, urban styling. We categorize the Velar as a premium compact crossover SUV, though it is on the large end of that class; it slots between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport in size. Velar shares an aluminum-intensive basic platform with its corporate cousin, the Jaguar F-Pace. Three engine choices are offered: a 247-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6, and a 180-hp turbodiesel 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning and mitigation, driver-condition monitor, and blind-spot alert. Other available features include a head-up instrument display, panoramic sunroof, adaptive and height-adjustable air suspension, the Land Rover Terrain Response system, and a locking rear differential. Its sexy, luxurious looks seem more suited for Beverly Hills than a rugged backwoods trail, but the Range Rover Velar is well equipped to handle either environ. Land Rover offers a good range of engine choices and other options to tailor a Velar to your tastes and budget, but this is a pricey-for-its-class SUV in any of its forms.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Land Rover
Nation of Manufacture England
Base Prices Base: $50,895
S: $55,695
R-Dynamic SE: $61,095
R-Dynamic HSE: $68,595
First Edition: $90,295

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
247
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

Optional Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (standard First Edition)
Horsepower
380
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
180
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

HyperFocal: 0
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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Road Tests and Additional Info

Test Drive: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar