Land Rover has added a new mid-range SUV model to its luxury Range Rover series, in the name of the recently award winning Range Rover Velar. Michael Moroney has taken the Velar on tour, because that’s what you do when behind the wheel of one of Britain’s most iconic car brands.
There are some cars that are simply stand-out impressive to look at and the car that we feature in Dublin Gazette this week is just that.
The new Range Rover Velar has been somewhat of a secret that’s slowly exposing itself, helped in large measure by its new credentials of winning the World Car Design of the Year 2018 Awards at the recent New York International Auto Show.
The Velar is the newest model in the Range Rover line-up filling the gap between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.
This gives more space than the Evoque as it is significantly longer, while the overall car height is low for easier access.
I took the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic for a recent test drive and was immediately impressed with the stance of the car. Its styling was helped by the Burnished Copper bumper accents, bonnet vents and side vents.
I had the top of the range V6 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine version on the road; it’s one of three engine options that can include two more modest entry level 2.0 litre turbo-diesel versions too.
The Velar also now has a new D275 engine option, a 275bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, producing 625Nm of torque.
The actual power is every bit as impressive as the sound from the engine as it powers up the automatic gearbox to a fast and smooth acceleration pace.
The smoothness of the engine and gearbox combination belies the fact that this Range Rover Velar can perform when called upon. The 0 to 100km/hr rating for this V6 version is very impressive at 6.5 seconds for what is a strong and heavy car, weighing at over 2 tonnes.
The Land Rover design team have complimented the impressive design with equally impressive economy figures for its class. The rated economy figure for the entry model at 15.6km/litre (6.4/100km or 44mpg) is comparable with that of many larger saloon cars, while the CO2 ratings are slightly high at 167g/km.
In practice, that level of economy is difficult to achieve even though I drove the Velar for most of the time in the Eco mode setting, which claims to deliver the best economy rating.
One bonus is that there is a good size 60 litre fuel tank and some might say that it is needed. Achieving a range of almost 800km on a full tank is a reasonable achievement for an SUV as big and impressive as the Range Rover Velar.
All versions of the Range Rover Velar come with an automatic gearbox and all have four-wheel-drive as standard.
With the automatic drive there are additional driving settings, Dynamic, Eco and Comfort, as well as Auto, all displayed on the large central information screen.
This lower screen also controls the heating settings, suspension height settings and the off-road driving options, all with touch control. A smaller touch screen on mounted on top, controls, radio, sat nav and mobile phone systems.
The Range Rover Velar has come out with high rating from its recent Euro NCAP crash test and the car is very well equipped with safety features to substantiate that ranking.
I was happy to read recently that the Range Rover Velar is getting Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist operates between 0-180km/hr because this was one feature that I felt was missing from the otherwise impressive range of automatic driver aids.
This Range Rover will impress for so many reasons and entry prices are attractive at €62,640 even if that’s just to tempt you.
The Velar has that stunning factor when it comes to modern car design; just about everyone who gets a glimpse of it knows that it’s special.