2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Review

Range Rover Velar

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Overview

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar offers refined on-road handling, the latest infotainment technology, and an upscale cabin. For 2020, Land Rover takes the Range Rover Velar to new heights with the introduction of the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition.

The Velar features the long, clean lines and blacked-out pillars of the larger members of the Range Rover family but with a lower roof, creating an urbane, performance-oriented compact luxury SUV.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition distinguishes itself with unique visual touches, including a revised front bumper with larger inlets that feed fresh air to the potent V8 engine. It features a contrasting black roof, a new grille, lower side skirts, and an updated rear bumper with quad exhaust outlets. It also comes in an exclusive color: Satin Byron Blue. While the Velar comes standard with 20-inch wheels, the new SVAutobiography Dynamic edition offers 21-inch and 22-inch wheels.

A broad lineup of engines exists, including the base turbocharged 4-cylinder unit, which makes 247 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, and an available turbodiesel engine that makes 180 hp and 317 lb-ft. The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition ramps up the power with Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8, making 550 hp and 502 lb-ft. This powerplant allows it to rocket from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. For this engine, as well as the rest of the lineup, power surges through an 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive (AWD) comes standard for all trims. For fuel economy, the 5.0-liter V8 returns 15 mpg city, 20 highway, and 17 combined. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder returns 21, 27, and 23.

Inside, the Velar features a world-class cabin that provides an ultra-modern, upscale look. The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition gets cabin enhancements such as unique trim finishes and quilted, double-stitched Windsor leather upholstery. The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition offers four unique interior color choices: Pimento, Vintage Tan, Ebony, and Cirrus.

Land Rover’s rotary shifter and InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system define the center stack of the Velar. The InControl Touch Pro Duo, a dual-touchscreen system, stands out from rival systems with its integrated dials in the lower of the two screens. The function of the dials changes based on menu selection, creating an intuitive interaction. The Velar’s instrument panel reveals the Interactive Driver Display, which is a large, 12.3-inch fully digital screen that can be personalized with various menus and functions.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition features a specially shaped sports steering wheel, equipped with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and 20-way power adjustable front seats. These front seats are heated and cooled, and they come standard with memory settings and a massage function. The upgrade offers speed-sensitive electric power-assisted steering, which can change the weight and response based on drive-mode settings. These settings also change the sonorous exhaust note, which features four exhaust outlets and the SV Variable Exhaust System that can mute or enhance the throaty note of the V8 engine.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition includes special tuning for the AWD system as well as the steering, suspension, and active rear locking differential to provide the ideal amount of wheel-slip for performance driving. The Velar offers adaptive air suspension, which comes standard on the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition. In the upgraded application, the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition has firmer springs, revised dampers, and an AWD system that sends as much as 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels depending on the conditions, making a hefty SUV drive like a sports sedan.

The Velar has not been rated by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Range Rover Velar is a taut, athletic SUV with an award-winning design and interior. For 2020, Land Rover raises the bar with a unique special edition that will push the limits of what a road-going SUV can do as it competes against the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X4.

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From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most respected publications and outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Autoblog.com, Hemmings Classic Wheels, BoldRide.com, the Providence Journal, and WheelsTV.

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