2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

2021 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 and turbocharged inline-six coupled to a 480-volt hybrid system is available in two states of tune (335 hp/354 lb-ft and 395 hp/405 lb-ft).

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2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar?

The 2021 Range Rover Velar continues mostly unchanged except for two noteworthy changes. The first is that the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine is retired and replaced with a new twin-charged and hybridized 3.0-liter inline-six on the P340 and P400 trim levels. The other important change is the ditching of the old infotainment system's software in favor of Land Rover's much more up-to-date Pivi Pro interface. There are smaller changes too, like the addition of noise-canceling tech to aid refinement and the discontinuation of the V8 SVAutobiography model. Finally, minor changes have been made to the standard and optional features and fewer paint colors are available in 2021.

Pros and Cons

  • Almost limitless customization options
  • Elegant styling
  • Impressive cargo space
  • Luxurious interior
  • Trademark Land Rover off-roading ability
  • Unengaging driving experience
  • Somewhat underpowered base four-cylinder
  • No V8 engine anymore
  • Hugely expensive

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2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
P250 S
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$56,900
P250 R-Dynamic S
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$58,900
P340 S
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$63,900
P340 R-Dynamic S
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$65,900
P400 R-Dynamic HSE
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$76,900

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. 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, 29.5, and 23.5 degrees, with the various suspension options having an impact on this as well. Curb weight ranges from 4,130 lbs in the base model to a starting figure of 4,430 lbs for the P400 HSE.

  • 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 24 different hues and finishes, down from last year's 30. No-cost options are only limited to only one basic color, however: Fuji White. Metallic paint options cost $610 and include Byron Blue and Firenze Red. Premium metallic paint options are limited to two, each of which costs $1,530, and down from 2020's three. Ultra metallic paints are more exciting and include 13 hues, such as Desire Deep Red, Velocity Blue, and Sanguinello Orange, but these options cost $4,550 each. Special paint options for 2021 include only Icy White, replacing 2020's three shades - and it will set you back a whopping $9,200. If you really want to splash out on the most expensive finish possible, you can have the Icy White special color in a satin matte finish for an additional $2,850. Some of the hues that have been discontinued for 2021 include Madagascar Orange, Spectral Racing Red, and Meribel White Pearl.

  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Eiger Grey Metallic
  • Byron Blue Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Portofino Blue Metallic
  • Hakuba Silver Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Fuji White

Velar Performance

With the demise of the new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic trim level for 2021, away goes the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 option with its 542 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque as well. A brand-new engine is the 3.0-liter supercharged, turbocharged, and hybridized inline-six that replaces last year's supercharged V6. It's available in two outputs, either 340 hp and 354 lb-ft in the P340 model or 395 hp and 405 lb-ft in the P400, with the help of a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup. The same eight-speed auto and all-wheel-drive system that is fitted across the rest of the range is also used here, allowing the P340 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds and on to a top speed of 149 mph. The same figures for the P400 are 5.2 seconds and 155 mph. Not bad from a brand typically associated with luxury. The rest of the range is somewhat slower, with the least powerful, base P250's 2.0-liter turbo-four managing the benchmark sprint in 7.1 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 5,512 lbs.

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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 340 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. This 3.0-liter twin-charged inline-six is much more agreeable to getting the Velar on its way and is very smooth and refined. This engine is also available with the P400 nameplate and produces 55 hp more, with torque increasing to 405 lb-ft. As with the less powerful six-cylinder, it's combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Turbo Inline-6 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 the brakes 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. The P340 with the 3.0-liter engine return figures of 20/26/22 mpg on the same cycles, and the range-topping P400 returns 19/25/21 mpg - both better than the previous V6's 18/24/20 mpg. Even the P400 will be able to attain a range of about 348 miles on the combined cycle.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    16.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/27 mpg
* 2021 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 14-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 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, Acorn, or Light Oyster. Alternatively, you can opt for the same leather with suede inserts in Ebony, Light Oyster / Ebony, 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 $425 or even copper weave carbon fiber for $1,330. The top P400 HSE version gets perforated Windsor leather as standard in the same color choices as the other models.

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 30.9 cubic feet of volume, which is more than enough for luggage for each passenger. Fold the rear seats down and you have an expansive 62.7 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, lane-keep assist, driver condition monitor, cruise control with traffic-sign recognition, 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 gets Range Rover's new Pivi Pro infotainment system for 2021 with twin 10-inch touchscreen displays. It boasts numerous standard features, including self-learning, intelligent navigation with real-time traffic information, 2D and 3D maps (including automatic updates), parking and fuel services, AI, online search with ratings and reviews, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple and Android compatibility, Bluetooth, USB connections, and HD Radio. A 12-speaker Meridian sound system is also standard. Thankfully, Pivi Pro starts up much faster than the old InControl Touch Duo system and is far easier to use and more responsive. Additional USB charging ports can also be added.

Range Rover Velar Problems and Reliability

The 2021 Range Rover Velar has been free of recalls in the USA thus far. The 2020 model was recalled once for a potential high-beam malfunction that could leave the driver unaware that their headlights are on high beam. Disappointingly, the Range Rover Velar's review from J.D. Power resulted in a below-average overall score of 72 out of 100 and a quality and reliability rating of 68/100 - the same as last year. 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, and a rearview camera. 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, park assist, 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 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar a good SUV?

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 base engine is inadequate, but the new six-cylinder is a big improvement on the old one - and the infotainment system is finally up to scratch. Pricing of the Range Rover Velar is rather silly though. 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 a bit more polishing.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar?

Prices for the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar are still not cheap. The base variant, known as the Velar P250 S, starts at an MSRP of $56,900, before a $1,150 destination fee. Next up is the P250 R-Dynamic S, which starts at $58,900. Thereafter is the P340 MHEV S at $63,900 and the P340 MHEV R-Dynamic S at $65,400. Following that is the P400 MHEV R-Dynamic HSE, at $76,900. Fully loaded with options, the top-tier Range Rover Velar's price can soar over $120,000.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Models

The 2021 Velar is available in six variations: P250 S, P250 R-Dynamic S, P340 S, P340 R-Dynamic S, and P400 R-Dynamic HSE.

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, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, auto-leveling headlights, and 19-inch wheels. Dual ten-inch touchscreens control infotainment to a Meridian 12-speaker sound system with satellite radio, HD radio, navigation, 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 twin-charged 3.0-liter inline-six linked to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to produce 340 hp and 354 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 six-cylinder engine.

The P400 R-Dynamic HSE is based on the previous model, but with an increase in power to 395 hp and in torque to 405 lb-ft. Other features remain the same, while larger wheels and a host of upgraded interior features are also equipped, including extended leather trim and massaging front seats.

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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 Premium Upgrade Interior pack, adding a suede headlining and full-leather steering wheel is available for $1,550 while a heated steering wheel and a heated windshield can be had as part of the Cold Climate Pack for $650. A Dynamic Handling Pack that includes air suspension, configurable and adaptive dynamics, and Terrain Response 2 is also worth considering at $2,200.

🚗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 P400 HSE. Yes, it's expensive at almost $80,000 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 Windsor leather interior with extended leather upgrade is very plush. Standard specs on this model include Windsor leather upholstery and massaging front seats. For opulence, it's a cut above the other Velar variants.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Land Rover Range Rover Velar247 hp21/27 mpg$56,900
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 246 hp20/27 mpg$43,300
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 355 hp19/24 mpg$69,500

2021 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 Range Rover Evoque offers a similarly attractive design in a considerably smaller and more affordable package. Starting at $43,300, 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.

See Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review

2021 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 $115,500, 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 diesel model offers 254 hp, but with 443 lb-ft of torque, the heavy SUV is 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.

See Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

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