The Range Rover Velar has been a long time coming as a new Range Rover hasn’t been born since the 2012 Evoque. The Velar is not only relatively affordable compared to other SUVs from this brand, but it is also the most eye-catching.
Sitting in size between the smaller compact Evoque and the midsize premium Sport, the Velar has also received a visual update on its interior and its exterior. The underlying structure and drivetrain of this Range Rover is similar to the Jaguar F-Pace and allows you to choose from three different engines; two turbocharged inline four-cylinders (one gas and one diesel), or a supercharged 3.0-liter V6.
Further setting the Velar apart from its competition is the available off-road equipment such as height-adjusting air springs, low-speed cruise control, and a mechanically locking rear differential. Although, the Velar is not recommended for serious off-roading adventures and should probably stick more to pavement than dirt.
If the Land Rover brand appeals to you and you are in the market for a luxury crossover SUV, it might be time to check out the 2018 Range Rover Velar. The right Velar for you will depend on your priorities in a new vehicle. If you want style, the R-Dynamic has many visual upgrades that are appealing. The R-Dynamic SE and the R-Dynamic HSE both have bodywork that is more stylish and larger wheels.
On the other hand, the S gives you the option of all three available engines, has the standard features you would expect from a luxury SUV, and has the option to add other packages to get the additional standard features offered with higher trim levels. With the Velar S, you can experience an ala carte shopping experience. You only pay for the features you want or need and leave the rest on the shelf.
Experts agree that the Velar’s powerful V6 engine, accuracy in steering, and an adaptable suspension provide drivers with a confident driving experience. With 380 horsepower, the Velar makes getting up to speed a breeze. The steering is accurate and precise, making driver’s feel that this SUV is smaller than it actually is. Driving around turns is also easy in the eight-speed automatic Velar that shifts smoothly for a better ride.
You may not want to ever exit the Velar once you are in. These seats have extended adjustment settings, functions for heating and ventilation, and even massage capability. Rides are smooth in this Range Rover vehicle with an adaptive air suspension to counteract the 22-inch wheels. Similar to other Land Rovers, engine and road noises are barely heard in the 2018 Velar.
Finally, you’ll never feel claustrophobic in this vehicle with enough head, leg, and shoulder room as well as power-reclining seats and a panoramic sunroof. The materials that make up the interior of the 2018 Range Rover Velar feature a diamond-cut pattern that looks like the British flag.