2018 Range Rover Velar Review - Asian Car Guide
June 20, 2018




2018 Range Rover Velar Review

range rover velar

The name Velar has its root in the Latin word “velaris”, which means a veil or a curtain.

Range Rover first used the name in 1969 when the first Range Rover prototypes were given the code name Velar.

Firstly, let us look at some of the things which make the Velar stand out. Its design is a good place to start.

Its name is not only unusual aspect of the car.

Those unfamiliar with the vehicle might have difficulty finding its door handles, which are flush with the door panels.

range rover velar interiorThey only slide out – like a compact disc tray – when the driver or passenger taps on the small button.

Size-wise, the Velar sits between the higher-end Range Rover Sport and fashionable Evoque.

The overall length is 4,803mm. It is merely 47mm shorter than the former but 433mm longer than the latter.

With its broken waistline that boldly stretches across its clean sheet metal from tail to tail, slim Matrix Laser-LED headlamps and progressive flush, deployable door handles.

The Velar is the sort of SUV that will attract countless stares of envy wherever it goes without coming across as trying too hard; a work of art and a touch of genius.

Step inside and you will see a cockpit that reinforces the car’s exterior theme; it is progressive, modern and minimalistic.

Physical buttons on the centre console as well as the steering wheel have been replaced in favour of 10″ high-definition and minimalist control touchscreens – one at eye and the other at knee level – and touch-sensitive switches.

Both a work of art and touch of genius, the screen spring to life when you start the car, with upper screen automatically shifting forward by 30 degrees to receive you.

As a result, what you get is a cabin that is uncluttered, decisive and innovative.

Logically called the Touch Pro Duo technology, the minimalist features can be expected across its future range as the next generation of models is introduced.

The air-conditioning control knobs are also integrated in the lower screen, which flows down the centre console together with the fancy user interface.

It is a joy to look at and it is also user friendly.

The build quality is precise and I love how Range Rover utilises metal in the interior, enhancing the already luxurious feel.

Everything on the dash has a place, like a very neat expensive work desk, even the hidden cup holder.

The seats are comfortable and supportive. The Velar is able to house four occupants very comfortably.

Front passengers get a large armrest, which opens up to a large storage bin.

Rear passengers get air conditioning vents in the middle and benefit from two USB ports and a 12V socket.

When you are going on an extended road trip, you do not have to compromise on space. At the rear 673 litres of boot space is enough for several suitcases or other bulky items.

Under the bonnet, our test car D240 gets their 2.0-litre 4 cylinder turbo-diesel, which delivers a superb 177kW of power and 500Nm of torque, passing all of this on to all four wheels via on an eight speed auto.

While it might share the same platform Jaguar’s F-Pace, the Velar is after all built to be more off-road biased car.

I would not expect the same near-razor sharp type of handling. The Velar does love it around the bends and feels well-balanced.

Even with the air suspension, there is very little bounce.

With those large 20″ rims, there is very little road noise intruding into the cabin and there is still enough play for a comfortable ride.

The Velar does what a Land Rover-badged vehicle is built to do.

range rover velar side profileIt is a fine of go-anywhere ruggedness, city chic and refreshing change. It really is the car equivalent of freshly brewed coffee in the morning, served in a fancy mug which you can simply enjoy.

2018 Range Rover Velar D240 Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: $80,950 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel
  • Output: 177kW/500Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 5.8L/100km
  • CO2: 154g/km

2018 Range Rover Velar D300 pricing and specifications:

  • Price: $92,850 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine: 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel
  • Output: 221kW/700Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 6.4L/100km
  • CO2: 167g/km

2018 Range Rover Velar P380 pricing and specifications:

  • Price: $93,462 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine: 3.0-litre V6 turbo-petrol
  • Output: 280kW
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 9.4L/100km
  • CO2: 214g/km
  • Three-year / 100,000km warranty is standard, with 24 month/34,000km service intervals offered on the diesel engine.