Range Rover Velar review - Interior, design and technology
The Velar is the most stylish Range Rover in the line-up. With a focus on form rather than function, it's laden with tech
One of the highlights of the Range Rover Velar is its interior. It showcases the next wave of Range Rover interiors with its three-screen set-up and minimalist interior design. Ever since the launch of the fourth-generation Range Rover in 2012, all subsequent models have had beautifully made and tastefully designed interiors, but the Velar moves things on a notch with a level of technology and tactility we’ve not seen on a Land Rover before.
It’s not just the interior that shows the future either; you can spot similar headlamps, grille and pop-out door handles on the latest Range Rover Evoque and it's a styling trend that's likely to continue.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
One of the most striking features of the Range Rover Velar is its interior. Not only is it minimalist and elegantly designed but there’s a focus on technology that we haven’t seen before from Land Rover.
All but the entry-level ‘S’ get three screens as standard – there’s a 12.3-inch display ahead of the driver just like you’ll find on the Range Rover, and Land Rover’s new Touch Pro Duo System which consists of a 10-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dash. When you get in and touch the starter button, the screen tilts forwards as much 30 degrees and it looks very smart as it does its business. Below it is a 10-inch display where the buttons would normally be on the facia.
Apart from two rotary controls, there no physical buttons for the screens – but by using these circular switches you can flick through the different menus. These buttons allow you to choose which mode you’d like for the Terrain Response system, as well as letting you adjust the temperature for the air-con.
It all looks smart and ultra modern but, with the lower screen in particular, it does involve you taking your eyes off the road to prod the display. German rivals offer more intuitive systems, and while Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Duo system looks and works well enough, it can't quite match the very best systems from Mercedes, Audi and BMW. Apple CarPlay or Android Auto were originally glaring omissions from the Land Rover range, but now both systems feature as standard.
In this review
- 1Range Rover Velar reviewThe Range Rover Velar is Land Rover’s most desirable product yet. Rivals are arguably better value, but the Velar has more style dynamism
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Velar comes with Jaguar Land Rover’s latest range of efficient 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines. The V6 versions are more familiar, but fit just as well
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsFour-wheel drive only means economy figures aren’t exceptional, but they’re still respectable for an SUV of this size and weight
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Velar is the most stylish Range Rover in the line-up. With a focus on form rather than function, it's laden with tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceDespite the large exterior dimensions, it’s a bit of a mixed bag inside. There’s plenty of room up front and in the boot, but rear seat passengers will struggle for space
- 6Reliability and SafetyCustomer service and reliability is still an issue, but the Velar should be a seriously safe family car