2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The 2021 Range Rover Velar will convince even the most skeptical eye that Land Rover’s designers have hit the mark. The Velar’s reckless driving style doesn’t match its vintage attire. The buyers can choose between a turbocharged four cylinder or a hybridized six-cylinder. However, none of the Velar models offer the same driving pleasure as rivals like the BMW X3 and the Porsche Macan. The Velar’s appeal lies in its curb appeal and high-style cabin. It is equipped with all manners of tech baubles as well as carefully chosen materials that are suitable for an SUV bearing Range Rover.

What’s new for 2021?

While the Velar’s base turbocharged four-cylinder carries over unchanged for 2021, last year’s supercharged V-6 engine has been discontinued in favor of a new turbocharged-and-supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six using a 48-volt hybrid system to make 335 horsepower in P340 models and 395 horsepower in the P400. Land Rover’s Pivi Pro software interface gives the Velar a major upgrade to its infotainment system. Land Rover now offers an active noise cancellation system as well as an optional cabin air filter feature. The red-hot SV Autobiography model was discontinued.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

The P250 R-Dynamic S adds 19-inch wheels, a dual exhaust system with polished finishers, leather-and-suede upholstery, and a blacked out grille. The Dynamic Handling package includes an adjustable suspension system, drive-mode selector and All Terrain Progress Control. This acts as an adaptive cruise control for low speeds and slippery conditions.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

Although the base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder with 247 horsepower, it is not strong enough to lift the Velar’s heavy weight. A four-cylinder Velar was tested for a long-term test covering 40,000 miles. It took 7.4 seconds to reach 60 mph. The turbocharged-and-supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six will undoubtedly provide better acceleration performance, but we haven’t yet tested this new powertrain, which is offered in both 335- or 395-hp flavors. Its handling is not sporty, but it has the same acceleration as the Velar. The suspension manages the SUV’s body movements and maintains body roll in check. It also gives the vehicle a stable, controlled ride. Air suspension models can adjust their ride height to make them more agile on the road or less stiff off.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The Velar’s inline six engine has been rated as high as 20 mpg and 26 mpg respectively by the EPA. However, the four-cylinder turbocharged engine is slightly more efficient with ratings of 21 mpg and 27 mpg respectively. The four-cylinder Velar achieved just 26 mpg in our 75-mph highway fuel efficiency test.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

Do you like modern architecture? The Velar’s minimalist interior is a great choice. It is dominated by horizontal lines and bold, rectilinear shapes. The materials used are of high quality and presented in an interesting way. Land Rover uses the door trim to add the owner’s choice in wood or metal between the lower and upper panels. The aluminum trim on our test vehicle was excellent, as is every Velar’s detailing. The Velar’s boxy design and pleasing rear overhang (bodywork that extends beyond the rear wheels) allow it to hold more suitcases than other competitors. Ten of our carry-ons fit behind the rear seats, while 23 can be folded.

Connectivity and Infotainment

Of course, we’d be remiss if we discussed the interior without tipping our caps to the wildly futuristic-looking dual dashboard-touchscreen displays. The dual 10.0-inch displays are equipped with Land Rover’s Pivi Pro infotainment system. It’s both more user-friendly and responsive than the InControl Touch Pro system last year, but it has its flaws. All standard features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice command, eight speakers and in-dash navigation. You can upgrade to a higher trim level or get a better audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio and more speakers.

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