Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.9 - 6.6 mpp
Diesel engines 7.0 - 8.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 23.0 - 30.8 mpg
Diesel engines 34.7 - 42.0 mpg
  • Running costs unlikely to be decisive reason for purchase
  • Okay for an SUV, but hardly exceptional
  • Residual values are proving strong though

While we don’t suppose anyone buys a Range Rover expecting it to be cheap to run, the Velar does have a few tricks up its virtual sleeves. Not only are the four-cylinder engines of Jaguar Land Rover’s most recent design – meaning they are the most efficient the company makes – the Velar is also the most aerodynamic Range Rover available, with a competitive drag coefficient of 0.32Cd.

Fuel economy and miles per pound

Both of these things help make it more fuel-efficient. To be clear, there are rivals that promise to do better, but you can buy a Velar that claims to exceed 50mpg. As you’d expect, this is the least powerful 2.0-litre D180 turbodiesel model, and it officially returns 52.5mpg. You’re unlikely to manage this in the real world, where anything in the high 30s mpg should be considered an achievement.

For those who think in terms of how far their car will go for the money, the D180 in HSE Auto form will get you 7.6 - 8.5 miles per pound, which compares with 7.6 - 7.7 mpp for an Audi Q5 S Line in 40 TDI (190hp) form.

The range-topping (of the normal Velars) P300 petrol, by contrast, claims just 26.9-29.8mpg. Drive it as it enjoys being driven, and you’ll be lucky to top 20. That means this lesser-spotted variant will get you 5.7 - 6.4 mpp.

It’s worth noting that these are yet to be updated to the latest WLTP figures, which are more stringent and indicative of real-world figures. At the time of writing, only the CO2 emissions listed below were available.

During our time of testing the SV Autobiography averaged just below 23mpg, which is accurate to the official figures, and equates to nearly 400 miles per tank - speaking of which, all Velars come with a 60-litre fuel tank.

Other Range Rover Velar running costs

As with all cars priced over £40,000 sold after 1 April 2017, there is a hefty extra charge over and above the standard rate of road tax for the first five years; at the time of writing this is an extra £310 every 12 months in years two through to six. Not cheap.

This sets the tone for the rest of the Velar’s running expenses – as a premium vehicle you will need to budget for premium prices when it comes to servicing and other costs, too. Note that while the four-cylinder diesel engines have two-year service intervals, the rest of the engine range requires an annual visit to the dealer. Various fixed-priced servicing packages are available, however, and these represent good value.

The only other consolation is that we strongly expect the Velar to remain highly desirable for many years to come. This should ensure strong demand for second hand models as well as new ones, helping to keep used prices – also known as residual values – high.

In fact, industry experts are predicting some models will be worth 60% of their original value are three years/30,000 miles, which is very high indeed. Monthly payments on Land Rover's PCP finance scheme have become more competitive since 2019 – a consequence of its high resale values.

Is it eco-friendly?

The Range Rover Velar meets all the latest emissions standards, but is by no means an eco-centric vehicle. In common with most large SUVs, emissions are higher than they would be for an equivalent conventional sports saloon or estate.

The Range Rover Velar meets all the latest emissions standards, but is by no means an eco-centric vehicle. In common with most large SUVs, emissions are higher than they would be for an equivalent conventional sports saloon or estate.

Still, the least powerful diesel model – the 2.0-litre D180 – is the cleanest when it comes to CO2 emissions, with an output of 178-189g/km, creeping up to 183-195g/km with the D240. The larger V6 diesels come in at 197-207g/km for both D275 and D300 versions.

If you’re looking at petrol engines, the P250 is the cleanest at 210-222g/km, while the P300 climbs up to 217-229g/km.

The highest-performing SVAutobiography with its P550 V8 engine leaps up to 279g/km of CO2.

As with most modern diesels, nasty NOx emissions are controlled using AdBlue and what’s described as a state of the art exhaust gas recirculation system. Of course, if you really want a fast, premium, eco-friendly vehicle of this type, perhaps consider a Tesla Model X.

Is it reliable?

  • Velar is new type of vehicle for Range Rover
  • Based on same platform as Jaguar F-Pace
  • No worries yet, but not a typical brand strength

It’s still a little early to be judging Range Rover Velar reliability at the time of writing, as this is not only a brand new model for the marque, it’s a brand new type of model – fitting into an area of the market where Range Rover has not previously been competing.

The Velar shares its underpinnings with the Jaguar F-Pace, however, and that has been on the sale long enough to spot a few trends. There do not appear to have been any major issues, but there have been some problems with the AdBlue system, power steering, creaking suspension components and the media system electronics, as well as some general concerns from owners about build quality.

Sad to say, but Range Rover’s parent brand Land Rover has consistently struggled with reliability over the past recent years. What you do find, though, is that owners like the cars so much – thanks to their design and driving experience – that they are often prepared to put up with these problems.

So, how much do you like the Velar now? And would you still feel the same way should you fall victim to poor reliability?

>> Read our owner reviews to see how they get on with a Velar

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £475
Insurance group 31 - 50
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