2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Interior Review


Interior: 8.5

Top-notch materials adorn the elegant cabin of the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar, and Land Rover offers the unusual option of swapping supple leather for a high-quality wool blend. The passenger seats are plush, and there's an enormous amount of cargo space. Land Rover's all-new dual-screen infotainment system earns lots of praise.

  • "Attractive interior materials have the same level of elegance as the exterior, including a repeating diamond-cut pattern that resembles the British flag. Trim options include aluminum, multiple woods and carbon fiber. Our test car wore comfy leather and microfiber suede. But for the bovine-empathetic, Land Rover offers an alternate fabric interior that employs wool and material made from reclaimed plastic, though you'd never guess it." -- Edmunds
  • "The rest of the Velar's cabin is no less stunning than its technological complement. There's good visibility all around and the interior is flooded with light thanks to an available panoramic moonroof, and all materials and switchgear looks and feels top quality." -- CNET
  • "The fresh bits are all over, but the driver and passenger-facing interfaces are particularly innovative, from the new Touch Pro Duo screens (which offer dueling TFT touchscreens for the lion's share of the car's controls) to the interior design that … includes a textile offering that's positioned as a no-cost equivalent to the top-line Windsor leather. The material, a wool blend developed with Danish firm Kvadrat, feels as soft and premium as a high-end suit. Flanked by a faux suede material made from recycled plastic bottles, the leather-free cabin is a surprisingly sexy and novel alternative to traditional cow, one that just might tilt the perspective of luxury car shoppers." -- Autoblog


The five-seat Range Rover Velar comes standard with synthetic leather and suede seats, 10-way-power adjustable front seats, a leather steering wheel, and 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats. Upgrades include perforated, grained leather seats, a premium textile upholstery (a wool blend), and 20-way power-adjustable front seats with massage, heat, and ventilation.

For child safety seats, the back seat comes with two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors.

The cabin feels airy and spacious. There's plenty of room to stretch out in either row, and the cushions offer all-day comfort.

  • "There's ample head-, leg- and shoulder room in both the front and power-reclining rear seats, and the optional panoramic sunroof gives an impression of even more space." -- Edmunds
  • "There's good visibility all around and the interior is flooded with light thanks to an available panoramic moonroof, and all materials and switchgear looks and feels top quality. Seats are all-day comfortable, augmented by available heating, cooling and massage." -- CNET
  • "Not all automotive leathers are created equal, but they do all tend to cover the seats of luxury vehicles. Velar's wool-ensconced interior feels strikingly different yet familiar; it's like you're home but in a car. Which is precisely the point: One goal of the Velar's interior design team was to make the cabin more like a living space— from the leather, cozy wool textiles, and wood paneling to the twin gloss-black screens mounted flush in the center console." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

The standard Touch Pro Duo infotainment system features two 10-inch touch screens, Bluetooth, eight-speakers, voice commands, two USB ports, and smartphone integration via InControl Apps. Dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, push-button start, a proximity key, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are also standard.

Available interior features include an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, a 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot that can connect up to eight devices, an interactive driver display, an activity key (which locks the car using a wearable, waterproof wristband), and two USB ports in the second row.

Available driver assistance features include automatic high beams, driver drowsiness monitoring, rear cross traffic monitoring, traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter, blind spot monitoring, active park assist for parallel and perpendicular parking, active blind spot assist, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera system, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control with stop-start functionality and intelligent emergency braking.

The Velar marks the debut of Land Rover's new Touch Pro Duo infotainment interface. Test drivers say it's more intuitive and responsive than Land Rover's InControl interface and like the two-screen arrangement.

See 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar specs »
  • "Driving modes can be switched via the lower touchscreen panel or physical dials which double as HVAC controllers. While preset drive modes are easy enough to set, the bottom capacitive touchscreen also enables all parameters — engine, transmission, suspension, etc. — to be displayed and adjusted at one (sic), which might quell some critics who might resent (sic) the electronic interface overload. The quality of the screen image is exceptional, with crisp, vivid high-resolution graphics and pleasantly illustrated vehicle photography to support the settings." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Velar hosts the debut of two high-definition 10-inch configurable touch screens called the Land Rover InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. Name aside, after a couple days driving around in a Velar in Norway, I found the intuitiveness of their operation refreshing, considering the maddening complexity of some luxury rivals (cough Cadillac, cough BMW, cough Mercedes, cough Tesla)." -- Autoweek
  • "In keeping with the reductionist theme, Touch Pro Duo employs precious few buttons, a volume knob, and two knurled rings prominently embedded in the lower touchscreen to change function depending on what system is engaged. If you don't mind fingerprints or having to look when you touch (capacitive buttons provide no haptic feedback, so visual confirmation is required), the system works well and is substantially more responsive than previous JLR touchscreens." -- Motor Trend


When it comes to loading up the back, the Velar can carry more stuff than most other luxury SUVs this size. It has 34.4 cubic feet behind the seats, and you can expand this to 70.1 cubic feet by laying down the split rear seat. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "With a cargo volume of 34.4 cubic feet in the back and 70.1 cubic feet with the 40/20/40-split second row folded, the Velar's storage space rivals that of larger midsize SUVs." -- Edmunds

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