Range Rover Velar review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Despite 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
The Velar sits between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport and as such its dimensions fall neatly between those models. When lined up in size order the Velar looks to be a large car, though it’s not the same inside. While there is plenty of room up front, helped by the minimalist design and the panoramic sunroof (if fitted), space for rear seat passengers is a little tighter than it should be. Boot room is good though – competing with the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC for outright space with the seats up or down.
Cabin storage is average – there’s a large glovebox and a usefully sized cubby under the central armrest, but the door bins are rather small. That said there are a couple of nicely designed storage spaces to match the design-led interior, such as the space behind the 10-inch touchscreen on the dash and the cupholder in the centre console that is hidden from view until the Land Rover badge near the gear knob is pressed.
The Velar is quite a large car and as such it tends to sit between the mid and large-SUV segments. It’s roughly the same length as a Porsche Cayenne but only just a little taller than a Porsche Macan. The Velar is relatively easy to get into compared to other larger Range Rovers thanks to its lower driving position; go for air suspension or a V6 model and the Velar can automatically go into ‘Comfort access’ mode to make getting in and out easier.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
It’s very easy to get comfortable up front. There’s a slightly sportier driving position than other Range Rovers, although sitting up front is not quite as majestic as the large Rangie due to the thinner, sportier seats that have no pull down armrests. There’s plenty of adjustment in the seat - especially if you have electric seats – as well as in the steering column, so getting a good driving position is easy.
It’s a slightly different story in the rear. Due to that sloping roofline six-footers will find their heads touching the roof, and they may struggle for legroom if the two passengers up front are tall. The Velar is more of a four-seater, too, as the middle seat in the back is small and there’s not much foot room for a third passenger due to small footwells. That said, there’s plenty of room for children.
While space in the back seats is a little tight, the boot makes up for it. It’s of a good shape and the rear seats fold down and lie down nearly completely flat. At nearly 120cm wide and nearly a metre deep, the boot is surprisingly practical. There’s 513 litres with the seats up and 1,250 litres with the seats down, but if you go for a space saver spare wheel it robs you of underfloor storage.
The boot lip is quite large though, making loading items a little trickier than it should be, and unlike the big daddy Range Rover there is no split-tailgate.
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 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 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 space - currently readingDespite 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