The Range Rover Velar comes with a choice of three different engines. At the bottom of the range is a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged unit making 247 horsepower. Even with the base engine, Land Rover claims the Velar will hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, making the Velar pretty quick with this engine. For drivers who need even more power, a 3.0L Supercharged V6 makes 380 hp, good for 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. And of course, in keeping with tradition, the Velar is also available with a much more frugal diesel engine, a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo making 180 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Velar is available in two basic trims for 2019, though Land Rover offers several specification packs for a few of the trims, giving buyers more choices than what's obvious. The Velar is offered in standard base and R-Dynamic trims.
At its core, the Range Rover Velar comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, an 8-speaker, 250W sound system, heated mirrors, 10-way adjustable front seats and an Advanced Driver Assistance system which features an autonomous braking system, a lane departure warning system, a rearview camera and intelligent cruise control. The S package will add an 11-speaker sound system, perforated leather seats, auto-dimming and power folding outside mirrors with a nifty approach light and bigger, 19-inch wheels.
The R-Dynamic comes with 20-inch wheels, a different front and rear bumper design, burnished copper accents for the interior, front fog lights and a 17-speaker 825W sound system.
Civilized On-road Manners
Luxurious Cabin Appointments
Following its 2018 introduction, the Range Rover Velar carries over to 2019 unchanged, though the First Edition trim has been discontinued.
The Velar looks like it should cost considerably more than its base price of around $50,000. That price its unique packaging means it does not have much company. The BMW X4 is about it. While the German automaker has also attempted a similar combination of SUV coupe, the end results aren't nearly as cohesive as the Velar. Both features powerful 2.0L turbocharged engines, both make excellent fuel economy and both offer solid off-road capability without sacrificing road-going manners. Both the Velar and X4 offer high-performance variations with 3.0L V6 engines. The Velar does features more interior cargo room and at the end of the day, it looks better.