2017 Range Rover Velar review: Expensive but impressive

Introduction

The Velar is the fourth distinct Range Rover model, and it plugs the gap between the compact Evoque and the larger Range Rover Sport and full-size, full-fat Range Rover. Based on the same set of aluminium components as the Jaguar F-Pace, it’s an upmarket rival for the likes of the Audi Q5BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, with its prices taking it higher into X5 and Q7 territory at times. It also introduces a new, cleaner-looking design language for Range Rover, which is rather less fussy than that of the existing line-up. Engines range from compact four-cylinder diesel and petrol models to a high-performance version using the 375hp supercharged V6 petrol from the Jaguar F-Type. Will it put a dent in the sales of Jaguar’s closely-related F-Pace? We shall see…

Body Style: Crossover/SUV Seats: 5    MRP from £44,830 -  £85,450


Did you know? 
The Velar badge was originally used on the first prototype Series I Range Rovers, to put inquisitive journalists off the scent.

 

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing 

Verdict 8.0 / 10

It’s very hard to find fault with the Velar, beyond the fact that it’s quite an expensive car. Of course it is, though; it’s a Range Rover. It also makes a slightly better fist of being a ‘proper’ Range Rover than the smaller Evoque, thanks to truly striking styling and a real...