Range Rover now has an entry in the ultracompetitive midsize luxury SUV segment and its name is Velar. Unveiled before the Geneva auto show, the Velar will aim to appeal to a wide range of buyers, with the automaker calling it “the most road-oriented Range Rover” it has ever designed. Here’s what people are saying about the Range Rover Velar.
“The Velar’s bloodline is unmistakable. A floating roof, an unbroken waistline, and rounded corners culminate in a tidy rear featuring nearly vertical cutlines from the roof to the bumper. Careful review permits us to be reasonably sure the Velar is one and the same as the camouflaged Range Rover Sport Coupe spy shots that have been circulating for some time. The rakish sliding panoramic glass roof is standard across the Velar line. So maybe it’s not as radical a departure into the depths of SUV coupledom as, say, the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe; we respect Land Rover for resisting the urge to go full ‘coupe’ on the Velar.”
-- Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver
“Based on the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, which debuted to great fanfare in 2016, the Velar is far from a carbon copy of its cousin, as it boasts a design that is, in most ways, distinctly Range Rover and yet, at the same time, something all its own. On the outside, it features flat-folding deployable door handles, a first in its segment, ultra-thin LED headlights and burnished copper detailing, all features that promise to influence Range Rovers of the future.”
-- Kyle Campbell, New York Daily News
“The Velar’s cabin is airy, lavishly equipped, stylish, and functional. Gone are the ancient miniature touchscreen, the randomly arranged switchgear, the conventional instruments, and clumsy steering-wheel. Even the most expensive Range Rover looks a tad old-school and outmoded by comparison.”
-- Georg Kacher, Automobile