Range Rover Velar R Dynamic SE D200 AWD SUV Review

We drive the Range Rover Velar on a road test review 2021

Range Rover Velar – Luxury SUVs have become very popular over the last few years and the car I’m driving this week is amongst the best of them. The Range Rover Velar.

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200

The Velar is every bit a Range Rover yet looks like a luxury wagon with a coupe style profile, more than an upright SUV. This is one stylish car.

We have the 2.0L mild hybrid diesel version that provides enough power and outstanding economy. It’s smooth and comfortable to drive with direct steering and the occupants are cocooned from the outside noises.

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200 front interior

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Inside it’s a luxury ambience all the way with comfortable seats, well laid out digital instruments for the driver and an intuitive and comprehensive central stack with twin touch screens.

Rear seat room is a little tight but there is ample boot space for luggage etc.

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200 rear seats

While it is Range Rover capable, the most adventurous driving a Velar will usually do is trips to the snow fields and the gravel driveway at the weekend retreat.

Yes it’s designed as an urban SUV and fits the description well. It’s a delight to drive around town.

Our car is priced from $96,900 plus the fitted options taking that to a bit over $110,000 plus the usual costs.

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Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Beautiful design
  • On Road ride and responsiveness
  • Interior ambience
  • Not a fan of the transmission lever
  • Long and expensive options list
  • Steering wheel controls slow response

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200 engine

Model

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200 AWD

Model Price From $95,566 MLP* Price-As-Tested: $96,903 MLP* PAT $110,713 MLP*
Engine 2.0L Turbo 4 Cyl MHEV Diesel
Drivetrain 8 speed Auto with AWD
Power 150kW @ 3700rpm
Torque 430Nm @ 1750-2500rpm
Safety Five Star  ANCAP (tested 2017)
CO2 Emissions 141 g/km
0-100kmh / top speed 8.2 Secs / 210 kmh
Economy ADR / Tank 5.4 L/100km 7.9 L/100km over our test / 60L
Servicing Service Plans: 5 Years/130,000 max kms (whichever first) – $1950
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options.

Overall Rating

87/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
4WD Ability / Towing 7
Technology / connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

Range Rover Velar R Dynamic SE D 200 profile

Dimensions

Overall Length 4797mm
Wheelbase 2874mm
Width / Height 2147mm / 16834m
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 214mm / 530mm
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 60 Litres / 11.94mts KTK
Approach / rampover / departure degrees 23.6 / 18.3 / 25 degrees
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 1936kg / 2590kg / 4990kg / n/akg
Max Roof Load: N/A
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 2400kg / 175kg

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Range Rover Velar R Dynamic SE D 200 nose

More Vehicle Specifications

Options:

  • Sliding Panoramic Roof $4,420
  • Silicon Silver Metallic Paint $3,550
  • Head-up Display $2,420
  • Tow hitch receiver $1,000
  • Electrically adjustable steering column $890
  • Privacy glass $890
  • Premium carpet mats $640
  • Price-As-Tested: $110,713*

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200 screens

POWERTRAIN – DYNAMICS AND BRAKES

  • Single-speed transfer box (high range),
  • Open Differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking,
  • Terrain Response with Dynamic Program,
  • Hill Launch Assist,
  • Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS),
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC),
  • Low traction launch,
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC),
  • Cornering Brake Control (CBC),
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC),
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB),
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD),
  • Electronic Traction Control (ETC),
  • Brake pad wear indicator,
  • Coil suspension,
  • 355mm front and 325mm rear brake

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200

EXTERIOR FEATURES

  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL,
  • R-Dynamic Exterior Pack,
  • Heated, electric, power fold, memory door mirrors with approach lights and auto-dimming driver side,
  • Electric windows with one-touch open/close and anti-trap,
  • Heated rear window with timer,
  • Acoustic laminated windscreen,
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers,
  • Automatic headlights,
  • Automatic Headlight Levelling,
  • Follow me home lighting,
  • Rear fog light(s),
  • Headlight power wash

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200 screens

INTERIOR FEATURES

  • 14-way driver memory front seats,
  • Perforated Grained Leather Seats,
  • Full leather steering wheel,
  • Satin Chrome gearshift paddles,
  • Metal front treadplates with R-Dynamic branding,
  • Bright metal pedals,
  • Shadow Aluminium trim finisher,
  • Ebony Morzine headlining,
  • 40:20:40 split fold rear seat,
  • Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror,
  • Front and rear cupholders,
  • Metal loadspace scuff plate,
  • Lockable glovebox,
  • Loadspace cover,
  • Air Quality Sensor

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200 screens

INFOTAINMENT

  • Pivi Pro (Connected),
  • Touch Pro Duo,
  • Meridian™ 3D Surround Sound System (750W, 19 Speakers incl Sub.),
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™,
  • Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) radio,
  • Interactive Driver Display,
  • Connected Navigation Pro,
  • Online Pack with Data Plan,
  • Voice control,
  • Remote,
  • Bluetooth® connectivity,
  • Power Socket Pack 1 (1 x USB-A and 1 x USB-C (Charge and connect) in the first in the 1st row,
    1x 12V power socket in the 1st row and 1x 12V power socket in the 2nd row and 1x 12V
    power socket in the loadspace)

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200 screens

CONVENIENCE

  • Keyless Entry and Push Button Start,
  • Two-zone Climate Control,
  • Cabin lighting,
  • Powered gesture tailgate,
  • Rear armrest with twin cupholders,
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200

DRIVER ASSISTANCE

  • 3D Surround Camera (Forward Traffic Detection & 360º View & 180º Rear View & Forward Vehicle Guidance),
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (Includes Adaptive Distance Control, Queue Assist &Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB)),
  • Blind Spot Assist (Includes Blind Spot Monitor and Close Vehicle Sensing),
  • Emergency Braking,
  • Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter,
  • Lane Keep Assist,
  • Front and Rear Parking Aid,
  • Driver Condition Monitor,
  • Rear Collision Monitor,
  • Rear Traffic Monitor,
  • Wade Sensing,
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE D200 boot

SAFETY & SECURITY

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS),
  • Emergency Brake Assist,
  • Perimetric alarm,
  • Power operated child locks,
  • Rear ISOFIX,
  • Front driver and passenger airbags (with passenger seat occupant detector), curtain airbags, front seat side airbags,
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners and Seat belt reminder,
  • Global lock/unlock switch on driver door,
  • Lock only switch on front passenger door
  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 7/10
    4WD Ability / Towing - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Technology / connectivity - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
8.7/10

Summary

The Velar is every bit a Range Rover yet looks like a luxury wagon with a coupe style profile, more than an upright SUV. This is one stylish car.
While it is Range Rover capable, the most adventurous driving a Velar will usually do is trips to the snow fields and the gravel driveway at the weekend retreat.

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Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her. Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed. In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.