Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

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

Petrol engines 3.1 - 4.0 mpp
Diesel engines 4.3 - 5.5 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 14.7 - 17.3 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.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 23.0 - 29.8 mpg
Diesel engines 34.7 - 44.2 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 109.9 - 129.5 mpg

Range Rover Velar rear 2017

  • Running costs unlikely to be decisive reason for purchase
  • Okay for an SUV, but hardly exceptional
  • Residual values are proving strong though

How much is it going to cost to run?

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 mild-hybrid four- and six-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.

MPG and CO2

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 mild-hybrid D200 turbodiesel model, and it officially returns 40.6-44.9mpg. You’re unlikely to manage this in the real world, where anything in the high 30s mpg should be considered an achievement.

The range-topping P400 petrol, by contrast, claims just 26.8-28.8mpg. Drive it as it enjoys being driven, and you’ll be lucky to top 20. The entry-level P250 petrol model isn’t any more economical in official testing, and in a week’s road testing on A-roads and motorways, it achieved 25.4mpg when gently driven.

None of the mild-hybrid engines are great for company car users because they are expensive to fuel and to tax, but the the plug-in hybrid P400e emits as little as 50g/km in official WLTP testing.

Still, the least powerful diesel model – the 2.0-litre D200 – is the cleanest when it comes to CO2 emissions, with an output of 165-183g/km, creeping up to 194-209g/km with the D300. If you’re looking at petrol engines, the P250 is the cleanest at 211-235g/km, while the P400 climbs up to 221-238g/km.

Range Rover Velar D300 badge

There is one Velar with the potential for rock-bottom running costs, however – the P400e plug-in hybrid model. Land Rover claims up to 130mpg and CO2 emissions of just 49g/km. The latter ensures low company car bills and should keep the Velar on the right side of emissions regulations for a while yet. Fuel economy is harder to pin down, as it depends entirely on your charging habits – use the Velar’s 33 miles of electric range and charge up regularly, and you might see similar numbers, however on longer trips or prolonged periods without charging they will tumble.

Servicing and maintenance

These high costs 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.

Land Rover’s fixed-price servicing plans help owners map out their future costs. It’s about £700 for four-cylinder diesel models and include scheduled maintenance for five years or 50,000 miles, while the 75,000-mile plan costs £800. All Velars come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is probably as long as most finance agreements, but lags behind most of the opposition, where five years is becoming the norm.

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.

How reliable is it?

  • Land Rover reliability is not highly rated
  • Based on same platform as Jaguar F-Pace
  • Latest models promise improved quality

The Range Rover Velar doesn’t have a great record for reliability with users reporting lots of niggles and small issues that mar an otherwise pleasant ownership experience.

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.

Range Rover Velar 2020 bonnet badges

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £510 - £520
Insurance group 31 - 50
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