2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Overview

Anthony Sophinos
Automotive Editor - August 15, 2019

Range Rover has been building ritzy SUVs since the days of Nixon, and their traditional and evolutionary styling has never let anyone forget it. This past decade, however, the brand has ventured out from their 70's sandbox to play with new shapes and forms. One result of this was the Evoque; the other, the avant garde and profoundly elegant Velar.

Since debuting in 2017, the Velar has changed only in detail. Besides a new high-performance model - which we'll get to in a moment - this continues to be the case for 2020. A slightly revised lineup has cut last year's base model from the roster and leaves the old second-from-bottom trim, the S, as the new entry point. This means much more standard equipment - and a much higher base price.

On the other end of the scale is a new limited-edition SVAutobiography trim. Rocking a 550-horse supercharged V8 and equipped with nearly all the options on the menu, the decked-out SVA is the Beverly Hills hot rod of the lineup.

Choosing Your Range Rover Velar

Range Rover divides the Velar into three distinct flavors: the standard model, the R-Dynamic, and the SVAutobiography. The base car comes exclusively in S trimmings and starts at $57,325 after destination charges. The R-Dynamic begins at $59,525 and offers both S or HSE duds, the latter only if you opt for the high-output V6 engine. The $91,815 SVA has no sub-trims.

Appropriately for a Range Rover product, all-wheel drive and a five-setting terrain selector is standard across the board.

Engine Choices

Things start off with the 2.0-liter four cylinder, which makes 247 horsepower and is standard on all S-trimmed models. As with every Velar engine, it pairs up with an eight-speed automatic.

The 3.0-liter V6 comes in two levels of intensity: the normal 340 horsepower tune or the zesty 380-horse model, which is hot enough to deliver 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The latter is exclusively available with the R-Dynamic HSE model.

It's all motor with the SVAutobiography and its 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Making a stout 550 horsepower, it whisks the Velar to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is a track-ready 170 mph.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)Towing Capacity
2.0-liter Turbo Four247269235300
3.0-liter Supercharged V6340332225500
3.0-liter Supercharged V6380332205500
5.0-liter Supercharged V8550502175500

To achieve those tow numbers shown above, you'll want the $1,610 Tow Pack that includes a hitch, surround-view camera, and a towing assist feature which can autonomously steer the Velar when reversing with a trailer.

Passenger & Cargo Capacity

The five-passenger Velar sits atop a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 189 inches long. These dimensions neatly position it between the full-size Range Rover and the compact Evoque.

The Velar offers 29.4 cubic feet of storage space behind the seats and a total of 60 cubes when the rear seats are folded down. This is about on par with the mid-size style leaders from BMW and Mercedes, the X6 and GLE coupe, both of which also rely on a steeply-sloped roofline to woo customers.

Passengers in the Velar have it a bit better than the groceries, where 37 inches of rear-seat legroom and 38 inches of rear headroom are respectable figures for a trendsetter. Those up front have enough room in all directions to forget about the tapered roof above them.

Safety Features

The full suite of modern driver aids is available on the Velar, but you'll have to pay up to get the most desirable ones. Of what comes standard, only blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and low-speed emergency braking function register as noteworthy. More desirable safety equipment such as adaptive cruise control and high-speed emergency braking need to be purchased as part of the $3,300 Driver Assist Pack.

HSE and SVA models both come with high-speed emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and rear-cross traffic alert, but only the SVA includes adaptive cruise and a surround-view camera as standard.

The IIHS and NHTSA have not rated the Velar for its crashworthiness.


Similar to Tesla, the minimalist cabin hides as many controls as possible within a screen - or, in this case, two screens. The dual ten-inch screens are designed to work in tandem with one another and both can display a variety of information.

The in-car tech will also play nicely with any smartphone thanks to standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A standard voice-recognition system lets you refrain from working the screens while driving. Download the RemotePlus app and you can remotely fiddle with climate controls, lights, and door locks.

Base - From $57,325

Last year, the entry-level Velar was offered in both base and S guise; this year, all base models now wear the S moniker. The change is more than just semantics - it also means that 19-inch wheels, 14-way power seats, leather upholstery, and a power tailgate are now standard. An 11-speaker Meridian audio system and navigation are standard as well.

Buyers have the choice of either the base 2.0-liter four cylinder or the 3.0-supercharged V6 in 340-horse tune. Those two extra cylinders cost another $5,900, but they open up access to the optional air suspension, which is part of the $2,180 Dynamic Handling Pack.

Heated front seats with memory functionality cost $500; heated and cooled thrones with heated rear seats is a $1,500 upcharge. A heated windshield and steering wheel is another $640. For those trying to cool down rather than warm up, an $850 Hot Climate Pack brings a cooled glove box and four-zone climate control.

Those with an active lifestyle will want to consider the $685 The Convenience Pack. It includes the brand's novel Activity Key - which is a key packaged in a FitBit-style wristband that is water- and shockproof - as well as two additional USB ports, a gesture-activated tailgate, and remote seat releases for folding down the back seat.

R-Dynamic - From $59,525

The R-Dynamic represents the middle to upper-middle of the Velar range, depending if you branch out towards the S or the HSE. The latter is exclusively tied to the 380-horse version of the 3.0-liter V6; the 340-horse V6 and the four cylinder are regulated to S trim only.

The R-Dynamic S is largely the same as the base S. What disparities there are trace back to the differences between R-Dynamic and base; namely, unique front and rear bumpers, vents on the hood and fenders, and other small cosmetic touches.

HSE models cost $76,325, but that price includes more than just the high-output V6. It also buys a gesture-activated tailgate, 20-way heated and cooled seats, premium leather upholstery, and 17-speaker audio. Air suspension is standard as well.

Major packages are the same as what is available on the S, though prices are lower due to increased standard features.

SVAutobiography - From $91,815

The limited-edition SVA is the Velar's fleeting top dog - don't look for it to return next year. The highlight of this trim is the V8 that has been shoehorned under the hood and the performance-tuned suspension that undergirds it.

Nearly every option available on the lower cars is standard on the SVA. The notable options that do remain on the order sheet include a $970 head-up display, $3,060 Meridian 3D audio system with 1,600 watts, and $2,350 rear-seat entertainment system.

Like the lower-tier trims, the Convenience Pack and Towing Pack are offered as well.

Compare Range Rover Velar Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

If you plan on putting the brand's off-road reputation to the test, go for the V6 model and don't forget to buy the Dynamic Handling Pack. It includes a low-speed cruise control, a more advanced traction management system, and a height-adjustable air suspension.

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