2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Review: A Farmer In A Bespoke Silk Suit

When it comes to compact luxury SUVs, the Range Rover Velar is a vehicle designed to really put an emphasis on the luxury part of its description. With a truly elegant design that adds a new level of style to the Range Rover brand's existing visual language, as well as a spacious interior and more luxury features and options than you'll know what to do with, the Velar is the pinnacle of RR's SUV campaign. Various engines are available, but all models come with a highly capable all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 2.0-liter turbo-four is standard with 247 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, while a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is available in two states of tune (335 hp/332 lb-ft and 375 hp/332 lb-ft). Finally, a new, sporty model features the F-Type R's 542 hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with 502 lb-ft of torque.

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Range Rover Velar?

The 2020 Range Rover Velar gains a number of standard features for the new model year, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other notable additions include standard blind-spot monitoring, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio, and two new paint colors. The diesel engine has been scrapped and in its place is the arch-enemy of economy - a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that is only available with a new trim level called SVAutobiography Dynamic. This model is more than just a beefy SUV too, as various performance and trim enhancements help set it apart.

Pros and Cons

  • Almost limitless customization options
  • Elegant styling
  • V8 model goes like stink
  • Impressive cargo space
  • Luxurious interior
  • Trademark Land Rover off-roading ability
  • Average infotainment system
  • Unrefined engines if you don't get the V8
  • Hugely expensive

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
P250 S
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$56,300
P250 R-Dynamic S
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$58,500
P340 S
3.0L Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$62,200
P340 R-Dynamic S
3.0L Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$64,400
P380 R-Dynamic HSE
3.0L Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$75,300

Range Rover Velar Exterior

For an SUV, the Range Rover Velar is surprisingly sleek, sleeker than any other Range Rover, thanks in part to flush door handles that pop out electronically when you need to gain access. An expansive front grille, a pair of subtle fender vent-like accents, and a standard panoramic glass sunroof with floating all-black pillars, further add to the look. R-Dynamic models add burnished copper accents and slightly different fascias, while the top SVAutobiography Dynamic variant gets larger openings, standard front fog lights, and 21-inch wheels with 22s optional. It also gets an aggressive rear end that features a quad-exit exhaust setup. As standard, base variants of the Velar ride on 19-inch wheels, but 20- and 21-inch options are available for extra cash.

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Dimensions

The spacious Velar needs a long wheelbase in order to be so accommodating, and it gets one that measures 113.1 inches. Overall length is measured at 188 inches, while width is 80.3 inches with mirrors folded. Dimensions for height vary slightly depending on suspension, with the standard coil suspension the Velar is lifted to 66.3 inches and the available air suspension lowering it slightly to 66 inches - roof rails and antenna affect these measurements, too. The suspension also affects ground clearance, with the standard setup allowing for 8.3 inches and the air-suspension in its off-road setting allowing up to 9.76 inches. Wading depth measures between 23.6 and 25.5 inches with the coil and air suspension setups respectively; similarly, maximum approach, departure, and break-over angles for the Velar are 27.5, 30.2, and 24.9 degrees, with the various suspension options having an impact on this as well. Curb weight ranges from 3,965 lbs in the base model to a starting figure of 4,595 lbs for the SVA Dynamic V8 model.

  • Length 188.9 in
  • Wheelbase 113.1 in
  • Height 65.6 in
  • Max Width 76.1 in
  • Front Width 64.6 in
  • Rear Width 65.2 in

Exterior Colors

An extensive palette is available for the Velar with the base model having access to a total of THIRTY different hues and finishes. No-cost options are only limited to two basic colors, however: Fuji White and Narvik Black. Metallic paint options cost $610 and include Byron Blue and Firenze Red. Premium metallic paint options are limited to three, each of which costs $1,525, and each is fairly demure. Ultra metallic paints are more exciting and include Desire Deep Red, Velocity Blue, and Madagascar Orange, but these options cost $4,550 each. Special paint options include Valloire White Pearl, Spectral Racing Red, and Meribel White Pearl, with each of these setting you back a whopping $9,180. If you really want to splash out on the most expensive finish possible, you can get one of these special colors in a matte finish for an additional $2,860. Byron Blue is also available on the top trim for $9,000. New colors for 2020 are limited to two hues - Eiger Grey and Carpathian Grey. These cost $610 and $1,525 respectively, with the former option forming part of the metallic catalog and the latter option falling into the premium metallic category.

  • Eiger Grey Metallic
  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • Byron Blue Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Kaikoura Stone Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Aruba Premium Metallic
  • Fuji White
  • Narvik Black

Velar Performance

With the introduction of the new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic trim level for 2020, along comes a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 542 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. The same eight-speed auto and all-wheel-drive system that is fitted across the rest of the range makes a return here, allowing the hulking SUV to accelerate from 0-60 in just 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 170 mph. Not bad from a brand typically associated with luxury. The rest of the range isn't particularly slow either, with even the least powerful, base P250's 2.0-liter turbo-four managing the benchmark sprint in 6.7 seconds and topping out at 135 mph. This model can tow up to 5,291 lbs worth of whatever you hitch to it, while the rest of the range is imbued with an impressive max towing capacity of 5,511 lbs. The base model's output of 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque is improved upon in the P340 variant that boasts a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 340 horses and 332 lb-ft of torque. Opting for this variant drops the sprint time by six tenths and raises top speed by ten mph (or only two mph more if you have the 18-inch wheels fitted). The P380 engine, only available with the R Dynamic sub-trim, upgrades that V6 to 375 hp. Although torque remains the same, this model can dash from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds and only tops out at 155 mph.

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Engine and Transmission

Every version of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, and it performs as well as you'd expect from a luxury vehicle, with smooth, jerk-free shifts and quick responses when you're gunning it. The central rotary gear selector may take some getting used to, but the novelty of it being presented from within the center console will take a long time to wear off.

The base engine is codenamed P250, and the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot produces 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The engine is fairly quiet and refined, but it definitely has trouble getting the bulky Velar going from a dig. Overtaking manoeuvers also require some forethought as just planting your right foot and hoping for the best isn't ideal. It's not terrible, but it could do with more grunt.

The next available engine is given the P340 designation and produces 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. This 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is much more agreeable to getting the Velar on its way, but it sounds like a bag of bolts. True, V6s are rarely prized for their ability to transmit pretty noises, but in something that costs as much as this, a little more refinement wouldn't go amiss. This engine is also available with the P380 nameplate and therefore produces 40 hp more with the same output in torque. As with the less powerful V6, it's strong and capable but you'll rarely want to hear it sing.

For ultimate performance, the engine you want is the characterful P550, a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that is shared with Range Rover's Jag F-Type R coupe relative. With 542 hp and 502 lb-ft of twist, this is the engine you want. It sounds a lot more soulful and alive, and is responsive and capable of bending time, but it's only available in the top trim where you'll be paying well over $100,000 with just a few options ticked.

Essentially, finding the right Velar is easy - it's the most expensive one. But if you want a quieter engine or to spend less than $90,000 on the base price, you're out of luck.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Supercharged V6 Gas, 5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Velar is capable of comfortable and controlled driving with little body roll and direct steering, features that are enhanced by the available air suspension setup that can lower the vehicle for better handling and keep the occupants in an ever more comfortable state of luxury. Despite this, the Velar is never truly able to shrug off its size and weight, and feels as heavy and unwieldy as it is and looks. Stopping power is good, however, and on the top SVA Dynamic variant, you get 15.5-inch and 15.6-inch front and rear brakes respectively, which do an alarmingly good job of bringing the SUV to a stop. Where the Velar really excels is where all other Range Rover models do, an avenue that is rarely explored by most owners who care about style rather than ability: off-roading. The Range Rover Velar, and the brand as a whole, prides itself on being able to go anywhere in supreme comfort, and that's what every model offers. With a wading depth of up to 25.5 inches, the Velar can ford almost any stream, while its impressive ground clearance and exceptionally capable all-wheel-drive system allow for some 4x4-style adventuring and climbing over large obstacles with ease. The Velar even boasts a low-traction launch control feature, although we highly doubt that drag racing on wet grass is going to take off as an NHRA-approved form of motorsport.

Range Rover Velar Gas Mileage

The base P250 engine in the Velar scores EPA gas mileage figures of 21/27/23 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. With a 16.6-gallon gas tank, the base Velar is capable of a mixed range of around 381 miles. Versions with the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 return figures of 18/24/20 mpg on the same cycles, and the range-topping 5.0-liter supercharged V8 returns a gluttonous 15/20/17 mpg. Fortunately, this model gets a larger 21.7-gallon gas tank, thus returning a mixed range of around 369 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    16.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/27 mpg
* 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P250 S

Range Rover Velar Interior

As you'd expect from Land Rover's premier brand, the Range Rover Velar has a gorgeous interior with dual infotainment screens in a floating center console, and expansive use of rich leather and premium trim accents that can be derived from aluminum, carbon fiber, or wood. A panoramic sunroof is standard and features like a head-up display, heated rear seats with electric reclining, and heated and ventilated front seats can be specced too. As always, the fit and finish are superb and the layout is both modern and elegant.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Range Rover Velar seats five individuals, with front occupants treated to 12-way power-adjustable seats with memory. In either the back or the front, a wealth of headroom and legroom make journeys as comfortable as possible. Getting in and out is easy thanks to large door openings, and if you opt for the available air suspension, you can lower the car for greater ease of access too. Running boards can also be equipped for those who want even more graceful entry. In the driver's seat, the controls and power steering wheel are well laid out and you have a commanding view in all directions, although the standard blind-spot monitoring system is a welcome inclusion.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Front Head Room 38.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.2 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.0 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Even the base model is treated to perforated grained leather, in your choice of Ebony, Oyster/Ebony, or Acorn/Ebony. Alternatively, you can opt for the same leather with suede inserts in the first two colors or Eclipse/Ebony at no charge. Various materials are available for the headliner too, while the "finishers" or trim accent inserts can be had various types of wood for $410 or even copper weave carbon fiber for $1,330. The top SVA Dynamic version gets quilted, perforated, twin-stitched leather as standard. Its color options include Ebony/Vintage Tan and Ebony/Pimento.

Velar Trunk and Cargo Space

The Velar has a lot of space in the back, even with all five seats fully occupied. Behind the rear seats, you have 29.4 cubic feet of volume, which is more than enough for luggage for each passenger. Fold the rear seats down and you have an expansive 60.2 cubic feet to play with, although we doubt that many RR Velar owners will be carrying roofing material in the back of their uber-SUV.

In the cabin, a pair of cupholders exists for front and rear occupants, along with relatively large door pockets and center armrest storage. A large glovebox and a spot in the center console for your phone round out the interior storage options.

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Velar Infotainment and Features

Features

As standard, all variants of the Velar are equipped with LED lighting, voice control, remote access, a power tailgate, and keyless entry. You also get a panoramic sunroof, heated mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, a driver condition monitor, hill start assist, hill descent control, and a solar attenuating windscreen. Forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, cruise control with traffic sign recognition, park assist, and parking sensors are also included along with a rearview camera. Numerous options are available too, including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, four-zone climate control, park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, high-speed emergency braking, reclining rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats with 20-way adjustment and massaging, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. A hands-free tailgate can also be specced, and a head-up display is available too. R-Dynamic variants and up also gain a 12.3-inch driver info display in place of the standard five-inch TFT display that resides between analog dials.

Infotainment

As standard, the Velar features Range Rover's Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with a pair of ten-inch touchscreen displays. It boasts numerous standard features including navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple and Android compatibility, Bluetooth, USB connections, and HD Radio. An 11-speaker Meridian sound system is also standard. Sadly, the system is unintuitive and frustratingly buggy, but at least it looks good. A rear-seat entertainment system with a pair of eight-inch screens is available on the top trim, while additional USB charging ports can also be added. A 17-speaker Meridian surround sound system is available for $600 but is standard on the top trim. That model has access to a 23-speaker upgrade too, at a cost of $3,060.

Range Rover Velar Problems and Reliability

The newest Range Rover Velar has been free of recalls in the USA thus far. Disappointingly, the Range Rover Velar's review from J.D. Power resulted in a below-average quality and reliability rating of 68 out of 100. It also features a rather sub-par four-year/50,000-mile limited and powertrain warranty. Interestingly, although sister company Jaguar offers both a longer warranty and complimentary scheduled maintenance, the Velar misses out on these.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

Range Rover Velar Safety

As a low-sales vehicle, there are no crashworthiness reviews available for the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar in the US, as neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has tested it in a crash. But with impressive standard and optional safety equipment, it would likely perform well if subjected to review.

Key Safety Features

As standard, the Velar features frontal, side-impact, and curtain airbags for a total of six airbags in the cabin. It also has standard forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking at low speeds, blind-spot monitoring, emergency brake assist, cruise control with traffic sign recognition, lane-keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and park assist. Hill-start assist and hill descent control are also included along with a driver condition monitor, while the options list includes features like a head-up display, a 360-degree camera, full-speed autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, auto high beams, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and steering assist.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar a good car?

Whether the Velar is good or not is largely inconsequential. Buyers choose a vehicle like this for the elevated status and image it provides as it oozes style and opulence. How many other luxury SUVs can you order with a $9,000 paint job? Nevertheless, it's worth running over the good and bad features again. It's spacious, exceptionally capable off-road, exquisitely finished, luxuriously comfortable, enticingly beautiful, and packed with features even in base form. The available V8 is a monster and makes the Velar more rapid than any SUV should have a right to be. However, the rest of the engine options are lacking in one department or another, the infotainment system is an inexcusable annoyance, and the pricing of the Range Rover Velar is rather silly. Essentially, the Velar is an excellent way to ferry people about in the lap of luxury while keeping them far enough off the ground that peasants in domestic vehicles can't get a peek at their faces. For pure style and excellence of design, the Velar is almost unparalleled, but as a finished product, it requires considerably more polishing.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar?

Prices for the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar are still not cheap. The base variant, known as the P250 S, starts at an MSRP of $56,300, before a $1,025 destination fee. Next up is the P250 R-Dynamic S, which starts at $58,500. Thereafter is the P340 S at $62,200 and the P340 R-Dynamic S at $64,400. Following that is the P380 R-Dynamic HSE, at $75,300 and finally the SVAutobiography Dynamic at $90,790. Fully loaded with options, the top-tier Range Rover Velar can cost as much as $120,000.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Models

The 2020 Velar is available in six variations: P250 S, P250 R-Dynamic S, P340 S, P340 R-Dynamic S, P380 R-Dynamic HSE, and SVAutobiography Dynamic.

The base P250 S is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbo-four generating 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with LED headlights, power-folding heated wing mirrors, a solar attenuating windshield, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, park assist, hill start assist, hill descent control, auto-leveling headlights, and 19-inch wheels. Dual ten-inch touchscreens control infotainment to a Meridian 11-speaker sound system with satellite radio, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. A panoramic sunroof is also standard along with perforated leather upholstery.

The P250 R-Dynamic S adds unique front and rear bumpers with larger vents and copper-colored accents. This model also gains black wing mirrors, wheels painted in Satin Dark Grey, and a 12.3-inch interactive driver display.

The P340 S is based on the P250 S but gains a 3.0-liter V6 that is supercharged to produce 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.

The P340 R-Dynamic S is again based on the other R-Dynamic variant already mentioned but with the addition of the P340 S model's supercharged V6.

The P380 R-Dynamic is based on the previous model, but with an increase in power to 375 hp. Torque output and other features remain the same, while larger wheels and a host of upgraded interior features are also equipped, including massaging front seats.

The top trim in the range is the SVAutobiography Dynamic. The Autobiography features the P550 with - you guessed it - 542 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. This model features all-new styling that includes a quad-exit exhaust system and 21-inch wheels as standard. This model also gains quilted leather upholstery, a 360-degree parking camera, quad-zone climate control, a cooled glovebox, illuminated treadplates, and a sport-tuned air suspension setup with Adaptive Dynamics that help keep the car level. It also gains full-speed automatic emergency braking, larger brakes, adaptive cruise control, and a valved exhaust system.

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Additional Packages

Numerous options and packages are available on the Velar. The Black Exterior Pack with its gloss black accents is available on the base model for $750. Also available on the base model are heated front seats for $500. If you want cooling too, it costs you a total of $1,500 and adds heating and power reclining to the rear seats as well. A 17-speaker Meridian surround sound upgrade is available for $600 while a heated steering wheel and a heated windshield can be had as part of the Cold Climate Pack for $640. The Driver Assist Pack is also worth considering at $3,300. This package adds a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control with steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and high-speed emergency braking.

🚗What New Land Rover Range Rover Velar Model Should I Buy?

If you can afford the price of top-end Land Rover Range Rover Velar trims, and aren't concerned with the dynamics of competitors like the Porsche Cayenne, we'd recommend the SVAutobiography. Yes, it's expensive at almost $100,000 before any options, but it's the best-equipped version in terms of comfort and convenience. It also has an engine capable of hauling the heavy Velar with ease, and its standard quilted leather interior is absolutely stunning. Standard specs on this model include adaptive cruise control, air suspension, quad-zone climate control, a cooled glovebox, and even massaging front seats. For total opulence, no other Velar variant comes close.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Land Rover Range Rover Velar247 hp21/27 mpg$56,300
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 246 hp20/27 mpg$42,650
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 355 hpTBC$68,650

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

If you can't quite stomach the price or fuel consumption of the Velar, the Evoque offers a similarly attractive design in a considerably smaller and more affordable package. Starting at $42,650, the Evoque is certainly cheaper, but it's also a lot more cramped. The back seats are claustrophobia-inducing asylums for those anywhere near six feet tall. However, the Evoque does offer a more engaging driving experience and feels a lot more agile than the hulking Velar. You also get much of the same standard and optional features as in the Velar. For those concerned with image and with announcing their wealth to the world, the Evoque won't even be glanced at, but for those who want a slice of upper-class British style at a fraction of the cost, the Evoque is a compelling choice.

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs Land Rover Range Rover Sport

A more expensive British alternative than the Velar lies in its Range Rover Sport sibling. Starting at almost $70,000 for the cheapest version with the most expensive variant starting at just under $115,000, you may wonder why the Sport should even be considered. Well, for a start, you can still get a diesel version of the Sport, and various mild-hybrid powertrain options also exist for maximum fuel efficiency and range. The base model also offers 355 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, making the heavy SUV a lot more willing to get up and go than the underpowered base Velar. With the same sort of off-roading ability but a longer wheelbase and greater headroom, the Sport is more comfortable too. It is also available as a 7-seater with a 3rd-row. Plus, you can still have it with a bonkers 575 hp V8 if you want. The Range Rover Sport is simply more, and the only reason to opt for the Velar would be a preference in looks.

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