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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Performance Review


Performance: 7.7

Refinement is the magical word for the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar. With its polished powertrains, composed handling, and smooth ride, the Velar always carries forward with sophisticated British manners. Its standard four-cylinder and optional turbodiesel engines have stellar fuel economy ratings. For spirited drivers in search of more oomph, a supercharged V6 is available.

  • "When the road changed from straight to serpentine, the Velar's standard coil-spring suspension handled the curves with precision and confidence. The steering delivered good feedback, and the car never felt too large or heavy to maneuver in tight spots. " -- Autotrader
  • "At first blush, the Velar feels good, familiar. We loved F-Pace's mix of sport and civility enough to nearly name it 2017 SUV of the Year, and the Velar comports itself in similar fashion but with more attention focused on smoothing out bumps, rounding off hard edges, and creating a 'calm sanctuary.'" -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "The Velar's name suggests a direct connection to the full-size Range Rover, although the aesthetics crib from the Evoque's playbook. We were pleasantly surprised that, in terms of on-road demeanor, the Velar leans more toward the supple, relaxed ride of the big Rangey rather than the city-ute temperament of its smaller sibling." -- Car and Driver (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The Velar's trio of engines is refined and powerful, giving you the freedom to choose the one that best fits your wallet and performance desires. All come with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 247-horsepower rating of the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine may not sound very exciting, but critics agree that it helps the Velar accelerate briskly. It's quite thrifty, too. At 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, this is one of the most fuel-efficient base engines in the class. The optional turbodiesel engine is even more economical, at 26/30 mpg city/highway. The energetic 180-horespower 2.0-liter diesel is only available in the Velar S, for a reasonable $1,500 upcharge.

The performance star of this lineup is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, which is available in 340- and 380-horsepower variants. This V6 is the quickest of the bunch, dashing from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Fuel economy drops to 18/24 mpg city/highway.

  • "Behind the wheel of the SE with the 2.0-liter turbo, we enjoyed an exceptionally nice driving experience. The engine has plenty of power for pulling and passing, yet its highway fuel economy remained in the mid-20s our entire trip." -- Autotrader
  • "The supercharged 3.0-liter V-6's 380 horsepower, 332 lb-ft output can scoot Velar to 60 mph in a respectable 5.3 seconds, but that acceleration feels buttery and predictable thanks to the engine's linear power delivery and the ZF 8-speed's smooth shift action." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "With 380 horsepower propelling 4,471 pounds, Velar is capable of reaching 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The sensation of acceleration isn't remotely brutal or extreme, but rather a buttery waft of forward motion that's managed by a smooth transmission and a linear powerband. Perhaps it's the quiet cabin coupled with the refined engine sound, but the Velar simply doesn't hit you over the head with overly eager acceleration." -- Autoblog (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Velar is adept both on the road and off of it. This Land Rover’s handling leans slightly more toward comfort than agility, and its ride is smooth and stable on the highway. To keep up with your off-road adventures, the Velar comes standard with four-wheel drive, an adaptive suspension system, and the All-Terrain system with Eco, Comfort, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud-Ruts, Sand, and Dynamic drive modes.

  • "Off-road, the Velar is nearly as capable as the larger Range Rover Sport, but on the highway the Velar delivers a superior ride and far better handling." -- Autotrader
  • "The prevailing mood is regal, not rowdy, a quality you'll also find when it comes to cornering, where Velar exhibits enough body control and grip to keep it feeling connected, but not abusive to its occupants. Air suspension smoothens out most of the major road irregularities, which helps the chassis feel generally un-flummoxed during hard cornering. Though it can't stand up to the performance-focused Macan when it comes to outright handling, Velar manages to strike a favorable balance of ride quality and responsiveness, veering closer to the softer side." -- Autoblog (2018)
  • "Linear steering and generally pleasing road manners help make the Velar feel smaller than its size. It rides smoothly and quietly, providing the refinement you expect of a Range Rover. Admittedly, the immaculate and smooth Norwegian roads did little to provoke the 22-inch wheels on our test car. … Land Rover guides led us down some light off-road sections that aimed to demonstrate the Velar's capability. Though we didn't expect much, we found the SUV more capable than its massive wheels and 40 series tires led us to believe." -- Edmunds  (2018)
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