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Latest Land Rover Velar

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Unlike Goldilocks' home invasion, shopping for a Velar does not offer a "just right" powertrain combination. Every model uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, but one must pair those items with one of three engines. The base 247-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is well behaved enough, but it struggles to move the Velar's substantial heft. The supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is powerful but drinks plenty of fuel and transmits a gritty song through the dash. The 2018 Velar P380 V-6 managed a 5.7-second run from zero to 60 mph in our testing; the Velar we had in our long-term test fleet was powered by the turbocharged four-cylinder and needed 7.4 seconds to hit 60 mph. The supercharged V-8 in the SV Autobiography is charismatic and powerful, but that model's high entry price puts it in an entirely different class, going up against the Porsche Macan TurboMercedes-AMG GLC-class, and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Much like the Velar's acceleration, its handling is by no means sporty. The suspension competently controls the SUV's body motions and keeps body roll in check while returning a firm, well-managed ride. Models equipped with the available air suspension can raise and lower their ride height for either more dynamic moves on-road or greater dexterity off it.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Velar's weight is likely to blame for the turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine's being just 3 mpg better (23 mpg combined) than the more powerful supercharged V-6 option. Our Velar test vehicle with the V-6 was a laggard, with a posted 22 mpg in our real-world highway fuel-economy test. That's 2 mpg short of the EPA's highway estimate; with the turbocharged four-cylinder, we managed 26 mpg.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Dig modern architecture? You'll probably like the Velar's simple interior, which is rendered largely from horizontal lines and bold rectilinear forms. Oh, and the materials used throughout are high quality and deployed in interesting ways. Take the door trim: Instead of using a spear of wood or carbon fiber inlaid into the upper part of the door panels, Land Rover adds the owner's choice of wood or metal into the section of the door between the upper and lower panels. Our test vehicle featured aluminum trim, and every Velar has excellent detailing throughout. The Velar's generally boxy shape and visually pleasing rear overhang—bodywork that extends behind the rear wheels—combine to swallow more carry-on suitcases than its immediate competitors with its rear seats up or folded. We fit 10 of our carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats and 23 with all seats folded.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Of course, we'd be remiss if we discussed the interior without tipping our caps to the wildly futuristic-looking dual dashboard-touchscreen displays. Their fonts and on-screen graphics make a strong visual statement that matches the cabin's modern vibe, even if their functionality could be smoother. Land Rover calls its infotainment system InControl Touch Pro Duo, and it's standard on every Velar. It includes Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice control, eight speakers, an auxiliary audio-input jack, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and two USB ports. A better audio system with more speakers, navigation, and SiriusXM satellite radio requires additional options or a move up through the Velar's trim levels.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Land Rover makes available the latest driver-assistance technologies such as automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control on the Velar. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested the Velar for crash worthiness. Key safety features include:

  •  Standard automated emergency braking
  •  Standard lane-departure warning
  •  Available adaptive cruise control

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