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Range Rover Velar review - Reliability and safety

JLR products aren’t famous for their reliability, but the Velar should be a very safe family car

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£54,730 to £80,360
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The Range Rover Velar uses plenty of tried and tested parts, as well as the same platform as cars like the Jaguar F-Pace, so any potentially serious issues should have been ironed out by now.

The Velar didn’t make it onto our most recent list of the best cars to own, which is based on owners’ feedback from our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. However the closely related F-Pace finished 50th (out of 75 cars) on the list, while the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque came 49th and 73rd, respectively.

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Meanwhile Land Rover finished in 14th place (out of 32) in our best car manufacturer rankings, ahead of rival premium brands such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

Safety should be pretty good as the Velar received Euro NCAP’s maximum five-star crash safety rating when it was tested in 2017. 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 a 72 per cent score. This result was, in part, down to the Velar's autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system, which detected and avoided pedestrians in all its assessments.

Warranty

The Range Rover Velar comes with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, which is on par with rivals. A BMW X5 offers the same warranty, but an Audi Q7’s warranty is limited to 60,000 miles.

Servicing

Land Rover offers individual service plans for the Velar, allowing you to spread the cost or make a one-off payment.

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