Range Rover Velar review - Reliability and Safety
Customer service and reliability is still an issue, but the Velar should be a seriously safe family car
The Range Rover Velar is so new that we’ll need to wait a little longer before forming any real verdicts on reliability. However, it uses plenty of tried and tested parts from cars like the Discovery and Range Rover Sport, so any potentially serious issues should have been ironed out by now.
Land Rover finished in 20th place in the 2019 Driver Power survey, with running costs and reliabiltiy rated relatively poorly. In other areas the brand posted stellar results; coming third for interior and comfort, and placing very well in the engine and gearbox, practicality and ride and handling categories.
Safety should be pretty good, too, thanks to a full five stars from Euro NCAP. Its seriously impressive 93 per cent adult occupancy score was bolstered by a 85 per cent child occupant score and a 72 per cent safety assist result.
Even in the pedestrian impact category, where one might imagine a relatively tall SUV would fare poorly, the Velar was awarded 72 per cent. This result was, in part, down to the Velar's autonomous emergency braking system, which detected and avoided pedestrians in all its assessments.
All Range Rover Velar models come with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, which is on par with rivals. A BMW X5 offers the same guarantee, but a Audi Q7’s warranty is limited to 60,000 miles.
The Velar's service plans offer reasonable value for money. A standard five-year plan for the 2.0-litre diesel engine gets you two services over that period for £675, while high-mileage users can pay £825 for three services over five years. Owners of 2.0-litre petrol Velars, as well as those opting for the 3.0-litre diesel engine, will pay £775 for a standard five-year service plan.
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 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 Safety - currently readingCustomer service and reliability is still an issue, but the Velar should be a seriously safe family car