|Price||₹ 79.87 Lakh onwards|
|Mileage||13.16 to 15.2 kmpl|
|Engine||1997 to 1999 cc|
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|Fuel Type||Petrol & Diesel|
|Seating Capacity||5 Seater|
Land Rover Range Rover Velar is indeed one of the finest and good looking SUVs in its category. The SUV is available in R-Dynamic S variant in both petrol as well as diesel engine option. The updated Velar is one of the safer, cleaner, and smarter SUVs in its segment and is also one of the most technologically advanced luxury SUV in the world. In India, the Velar is limited to four colour options, including - Fuji White, Santorini Black, Portofino Blue, and Silicon Silver.
The Range Rover Velar gets a familiar family face with sleek LED headlamps, a bold bumper, and a large honeycomb mesh grille. The vehicle rides over an imposing set of 20-inch glossy silver alloy wheels which is further accentuated by a sloped roof and a raked D-Pillar. The rear section also houses fog lamps and offers a parking aid. The vehicle also features the traditional large U-shaped LED taillamps along with an integrated exhaust finisher. For a superior ownership experience, the Velar offers a 3D surround camera and electronic air suspension.
Along with premium leather upholstery, the Velar offers a 10-inch touchscreen, a 10-inch lower touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Remote, and a newly designed interface. Interestingly, the vehicle also gets the new Pivi Pro infotainment system with standard features. Moreover, the vehicle’s infotainment, telematics, and various control modules can all be updated with a remote software update.
As for safety and convenience, the vehicle offers six airbags, 360-degree surround cameras, wade sensing, all-terrain progress control, air suspension, adaptive dynamics, ISOFIX, and more.
The Range Rover Velar is available in 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine options. The D200 trim gets the next-generation four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine that produces 198bhp at 4,250rpm and 430Nm of torque between 1,750 to 2,500rpm. The diesel version has a top speed of 210kmph and is capable of accelerating from 0-100kmph in 8.20 seconds. On the other hand, the P250 petrol engine generates 243bhp at 5,500rpm and 365Nm of torque between 1,300rpm to 4,500rpm. Both the engine options come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with an all-wheel drivetrain.
|₹ 79.87 Lakh|
1997 cc, Petrol, Automatic (Torque Converter), 13.16 kmpl
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|₹ 80.71 Lakh|
1999 cc, Diesel, Automatic, 15.2 kmpl
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The Velar with its absolutely desirable looks gets practical features inside a modern and luxurious cabin. And it's a Range Rover, so on a less-than-ideal terrain it maintains composure and provides a comfortable ride with sure-footedness.
The 2019 Velar not only costs Rs 12 lakhs less than before, but also comes with more features as standard than the fully imported Velar sold earlier. We have driven it and here's what we think of it.
Why I would buy it
Smashing looks, Solid build, Feature-rich cabin
Why I would avoid it
Limited rear seat space, Slow infotainment system
Great value. There is no better way to define the 2019 Range Rover Velar, which is now locally assembled. We say great value because the 2019 version not only costs Rs 12 lakhs less than before, but also comes with more features as standard than the fully imported Velar sold earlier. That’s a win-win for everyone.
You may have read our previous review of the Velar involving the P250 SE trim, but for this test we have the R Dynamic S – the only trim the 2019 Velar is offered in, as against the 2018 model which had over a dozen versions to choose from.
On the outside, not much has been changed for the locally assembled model besides the addition of R Dynamic bumpers and some bonnet vents. Designed to fill the white space between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, the Velar undoubtedly has the sleekest profile in the SUV universe.
From its short front overhang, slender headlights, low-slung profile and the taut tapered lines at the back, everything has been designed to minimise visual weight. To give you an idea of how much emphasis has been put to make the Velar as sleek as possible, even the door handles stay flush, emerging from the bodywork only when you unlock the car.
Inside, the Velar gets a bunch of new equipment that comes as standard. For instance, bits that were optional extras on the 2018 model including a fully digital instrument cluster, full-size sunroof, four-zone climate control, full-size spare wheel, 360-degree parking assist and configurable ambient lighting are now standard on the locally assembled 2019 model. Having said that, the Velar still doesn’t get Android Auto/Apple CarPlay or rear window blinds.
As for the look and feel of this cabin, there is something about the open and buoyant feel of a posh Range Rover cabin that the Germans cannot seem to match. Like the exterior, the dashboard is taut, uncluttered and full of high quality bits. It’s all very nice, however, it’s not perfect. The dual touchscreen (JLR calls it Touch Pro Duo) arrangement that adorns the Velar’s cabin is a neat piece of tech, but it isn’t exactly user-friendly. The upper screen is the conventional main display for GPS, multimedia and Bluetooth whereas the lower screen is reserved for the climate control and the driving modes. While the latter reduces the amount of physical buttons for a clean look, you invariably have to take your focus off the road to change the temperature/fan speed or the driving mode. The dual screen set-up is also surprisingly slow to react and even the refresh rates are nowhere as fluid as you would want. Even the premium Meridian sound system doesn’t perform as well as other systems in this segment when it comes to audio quality.
As with all Land Rover/Range Rover offerings, the Velar’s driving position is spot on – the dash is set low and the front seat itself is incredibly comfortable. Long drives behind the wheel can be an absolute treat although the same cannot be said for those seated at the back. Now we ought to make it clear that the Velar isn’t an out-and-out family SUV – the rear seat space is limited for a full-size SUV and because of the sloping roof and the high window line, the overall sense of space is hindered. That said, the seat itself is rather supportive with a great deal of contouring for that ‘seated in’ rather than ‘on it’ feel.
The 2019 Velar can be had with two engine options, both 2-litre four-cylinder units. The P250 version that we have here is powered by a 2-litre petrol engine making roughly 245bhp of power and 365Nm of torque. Now these outputs may not seem stratospheric, but the way this Ingenium motor delivers power is such, you would be hard pressed to think of it as a 2-litre unit. Power delivery, in fact, is silky smooth in any driving mode and there is more than enough grunt for everyday use. Of course, the throttle response is mellowed in Eco mode but it’s not frustratingly unresponsive in anyway. For more oomph, there’s Dynamic mode which will use more fuel, clearly, but sharper engine response and snappier gearshifts more than make up for it.
Our testing data shows that the Velar is decently quick given its power-to-weight ratio – it does 0-100kmph in 8.89 seconds, hitting 150kmph in 19.66 seconds. Meanwhile, in-gear timings aren’t too bad either, with 20-80kmph and 40-100kmph coming up in 5.25 and 6.36 seconds respectively.
The Velar is a performance-oriented SUV and it’s quite obvious with the way it takes corners. Besides a certain amount of roll that is expected from a full-size SUV, it is actually quite easy to hustle through the corners. The steering is light at low speeds and weighs up the right amount over fast corners. The front-end grip is strong too, with the nose darting into bend just the way you would want it to. Now because this is a performance-oriented SUV, the ride isn’t as plush as you would expect for a Range Rover. Sure, the Velar is comfortable and feels solid over rough surfaces but is also gets affected by sudden changes in road conditions – there is noticeable lateral movement over undulated roads and you hear the suspension working more often than you would conceive.
With the price-cut and the added equipment, the 2019 Velar is something of a sweet spot in the Land Rover range – it’s great to look at and feels just as posh as a Range Rover Sport. It’s comfortable enough for a small family and is well-built, and that’s before you consider all the extra features that are now standard. All in all, it’s down on practicality and ride comfort, but in many ways, it feels more special compared to any other similarly priced offering from Munich, Stuttgart or Ingolstadt.
The 2019 Velar is priced at Rs 72.47 lakhs ex-showroom. It competes with a bunch of cars including the BMW X4, the X5 and the top-spec Lexus NX.
Pictures by Kapil Angane
|Fuel Type||Transmission||ARAI Mileage|
|Automatic (Torque Converter)||13.16 kmpl|