Range Rover Velar review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Four-wheel-drive only means economy figures aren’t exceptional, but they’re still respectable for an SUV of this size and weight
The Range Rover Velar is different from more attainable Land Rover models such as the Evoque and Discovery Sport because there is no front-wheel drive version offered. Even the entry-level diesel is 4WD only, which fits with the car’s high-end target market.
It does, however, mean that the 178bhp diesel manages up to a respectable but not outstanding 42mpg on the claimed combined WLTP cycle, with CO2 emissions of 177g/km.
If you want to step up to a the 237bhp twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel, the economy penalty isn’t too bad, either (it manages up to 41.1mpg combined and emits 181g/km). The V6 diesel in 271bhp D275 guise returns up to 38mpg and emits 195g/km. Opt for the 296bhp D300 version of this engine and those remain identical.
Do note however that regardless of CO2, all Velars are subject to the £325 a year road tax supplement (running from years two to six of the car's life) as the range starts at above £40,000.
Unsurprisingly, the petrols fare less well when it comes to efficiency. The most frugal 247bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder manages up to 30.8mpg combined and emits 208g/km, while the 296bhp P300 posts figures of 29.8mpg and 215g/km.
The top-spec supercharged 5.0-litre V8 returns 23mpg on the combined cycle and emits 279g/km of CO2. Ultimately, buyers at this price point are more worried about range than fuel consumption; it’s the diesels which offer a greater distance between fill-ups.
The Velar’s insurance looks to be roughly on a par with rivals from Audi and BMW, and cheaper than cars such as the Porsche Macan, which is a good achievement when you consider the Velar’s cost and desirability. The base diesel starts at group 31, and it rises to group 50 for the top-spec SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition model.
On average, the Velar range retains around 46% of original value over three years and 36,000 miles, although higher-spec HSE cars tend to fair better at around 50%. By comparison, the Porsche Macan holds onto 8-10% more over the same period.
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 stylish Velar remains tempting
- 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 Costs - currently readingFour-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 technologyThe 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