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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Review

The Range Rover Velar boasts a comfortable ride, potent engine performance, and a high-end cabin with plenty of space. However, it ranks near the back of the luxury midsize SUV class, mostly because of its below-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Lovely cabin materials
  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • High average list price
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Overview

Is the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar a Good Used SUV?

The Range Rover Velar is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used luxury midsize SUV.

There are many highlights of the 2018 Velar:

  • Spacious interior with five seats
  • Comfy front seats with available massaging function
  • Top-notch cabin materials
  • Many standard and available safety features
  • Comfortable ride
  • Surefooted handling on- and off-road
  • Punchy yet fuel-efficient gas and diesel engines

The Velar does have a few drawbacks though:

  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • High asking prices
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

Before you buy, consider higher-rated luxury midsize SUV competitors like the 2018 BMW X5 and 2018 Lexus RX 350. Both have better predicted reliability ratings and lower average prices.

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How Much Is the 2018 Range Rover Velar?

Based on listings for the 2018 Range Rover Velar on our site, the average list price is $60,500. Prices range from $48,000 to $69,700 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Range Rover Velar Cost to Own?

The Velar’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $32,100, or $6,420 per year. That’s about average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Range Rover Velar?

Pricing for the 2019 Range Rover Velar starts at around $50,000, but it can top $75,000 in its highest trims. This model introduces a few features that the SUV hasn’t offered before, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available V8 engine in the SVAutobiography trim. You can save money with a used 2018 Velar, but you’ll miss out on these updates. Land Rover launched the Velar as an all-new SUV for the 2018 model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Range Rover Velar?

The Velar has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Range Rover Velar Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Range Rover Velar:

  • Fuel rail may leak (only in models with four-cylinder gas engine)
  • Cabin ventilation flap may disconnect and prevent window defogger from working

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Range Rover Velar Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Range Rover Velar is available in six trims: base, S, SE, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE, and First Edition. The base and S models are the best options for most shoppers. The base model is well equipped, but upgrading to the Velar S gives you a wider variety of engines to choose from, as well as additional features.

  • Range Rover Velar: The base model Velar has a 247-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. Standard features include two 10-inch touch screens, eight speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, keyless entry, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED headlights, heated side mirrors, an adaptive suspension, and 18-inch wheels. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane departure warning.
  • Range Rover Velar S: The ritzier S trim is available with all three engine options: the standard four-cylinder, a 180-horsepower turbodiesel four-cylinder, and a 380-horsepower supercharged V6. This trim also adds navigation, 11 speakers, a hands-free power liftgate, leather seats, automatic high beams, and 19-inch wheels. Models equipped with the V6 engine add an adaptive air suspension.
  • Range Rover Velar SE: The midrange SE trim comes with the V6 engine, blind spot monitoring, a driver drowsiness monitor, traffic sign recognition, 360-degree parking sensors, a digital gauge cluster, 17 speakers, and 20-inch wheels.
  • Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE: All three engines are available in this trim, and it adds different front and rear bumpers, fog lights, and more luxurious cabin accents.
  • Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE: This trim is available with all three engine options, and it adds 21-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and 20-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, cooling, and massaging functions.
  • Range Rover Velar First Edition: The high-end First Edition trim adds a lot of features that are optional in the other trims, including a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, 23 speakers, two more USB ports, a crawl control system, a locking rear differential, and 22-inch wheels.

Other available features include heated rear seats, a rear seat entertainment system, quad-zone climate control, satellite radio, and hands-free park assist.

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What Does Land Rover's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Land Rover offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Land Rover extends its original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles for certified pre-owned vehicles. Every CPO Land Rover must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Land Rover warranty page carefully.

Land Rover has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Only Tesla and Lexus have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Range Rover Velar?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2018 Velar.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • lane departure warning

Available advanced safety features:

  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • driver drowsiness monitor
  • traffic sign recognition
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • 360-degree parking sensors
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane keep assist
  • head-up display
  • surround-view parking camera system
  • hands-free park assist

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2018 Range Rover Velar Versus the Competition

Some of the Velar’s strongest competition comes from within the Land Rover brand, especially in terms of off-road performance. The 2018 Land Rover Discovery and 2018 Range Rover Sport are more capable than the Velar across rough terrain, and each offers up to seven seats. The smaller 2018 Range Rover Evoque offers a luxurious cabin and comparable off-road grit, but at a lower price point than the Velar.

Which Is Better: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar or 2018 Porsche Cayenne?

For most shoppers, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is a better pick than the Velar. The Cayenne rates higher for predicted reliability, and it offers a more intuitive infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay. The Cayenne is also more exciting to drive, thanks to its excellent balance of ride quality and handling ability, and it serves up brawnier engine performance. On the other hand, the Porsche gets lower fuel economy, and used models are typically pricier.

Which Is Better: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar or 2018 Jaguar F-Pace?

The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is a luxury compact SUV that has a lot in common with the Range Rover Velar. In fact, both of these SUVs have the same engines, transmissions, and chassis components. Both also have many of the same convenience and safety features, but they aren’t carbon copies. The F-Pace is a few inches shorter, it feels more agile and fun-to-drive, and it has a more conventional infotainment system. On the other hand, the Velar rides more comfortably on rough roads than its Jaguar sibling, it has more cargo space, and its cabin materials feel a cut above. Ultimately, price may be the deciding factor. Used F-Pace models are typically less expensive.

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2018 Range Rover Velar Performance

How Does the 2018 Range Rover Velar Drive?

The Range Rover Velar is quite enjoyable and comfortable to drive. The steering is quick, and the brakes provide fine stopping power. All models are equipped with an adaptive suspension, which helps this Land Rover glide smoothly over bumps and dips in the road. This system also works to keep the SUV stable around turns. An adaptive air suspension is available, and it improves the SUV’s ride quality even further; it can also raise the Velar’s ground clearance by almost 10 inches.

The Velar isn’t as capable over rough terrain as its Range Rover and Range Rover Sport siblings, but it’s still one of the best off-roaders in its class. Land Rover’s Terrain Response system comes standard, providing different traction control modes for rocks, sand, snow, grass, and mud. Available items include low-speed crawl control and locking differentials.

The Velar is available with three engine options, and each scoots the SUV around town and up to highway speeds confidently. The standard turbocharged four-cylinder and available supercharged V6 engines are the zippiest options; these slingshot the Velar from zero to 60 mph in around six seconds. The available turbodiesel engine is a bit hesitant at first, but it offers strong acceleration and plenty of passing power after you get moving. Each engine is paired with four-wheel drive and a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • Base engine: 247-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 180-horsepower turbodiesel four-cylinder
    • 380-horsepower supercharged V6
  • Drivetrain: four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Range Rover Velar Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Velar gets excellent fuel economy with its four-cylinder gas and diesel engines. The available V6 engine isn’t as efficient, though its ratings are still good by segment standards.

  • Turbo four-cylinder: 21/27 mpg city/highway
  • Turbodiesel four-cylinder: 26/30 mpg
  • V6: 18/24 mpg
2018 Range Rover Velar Towing Capacity

The Range Rover Velar can tow up to 5,500 pounds when equipped with its V6 engine and tow package. The four-cylinder gas and diesel engines are rated to tow up to 5,290 pounds.

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2018 Range Rover Velar Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Range Rover Velar Seat?

The Range Rover Velar is a two-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are very comfortable and supportive, especially with the optional 20-way power-adjustable seats with a massaging function. The driving position is nice as well, and there’s ample headroom and legroom for taller occupants in both rows. Outward visibility is good to the front and side of the SUV, but just OK to the rear because of the thick roof pillars.

The Velar’s interior quality is among the best in its segment. The design has a minimalist look, and nearly every surface is trimmed with high-end leather, suede, metal, or soft-touch plastic. The cabin also remains very quiet, even at highway speeds.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front and rear seats
  • ventilated front seats
  • massaging and 20-way power-adjustable front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Range Rover Velar?

The Range Rover Velar has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2018 Range Rover Velar Features

The Velar comes standard with the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. This setup includes an upper 10-inch touch screen that controls audio, phone, and navigation functions. There’s also a lower 10-inch touch screen and two knobs that manage the seating, air conditioning, and core vehicle settings. These screens have sharp graphics, simple menus, and quick response times. Unlike many rivals, however, the Velar does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

  • Standard infotainment features: two 10-inch touch screens, eight speakers, Bluetooth, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a navigation system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, two additional USB ports, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 8-inch screens, and an 11-, 17-, or 23-speaker stereo
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, and a panoramic sunroof
  • Other available features: quad-zone climate control

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2018 Range Rover Velar Dimensions

Range Rover Velar Cargo Space

The Range Rover Velar has 34.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats, and 70 cubic feet with these seats folded. That’s pretty spacious for a luxury midsize SUV. Consider opting for the 2018 Land Rover Discovery or 2018 Volvo XC90 if you need more space. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Range Rover Velar Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,217 to 4,471 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Range Rover Velar Built?

Land Rover built the 2018 Range Rover Velar in England.

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