Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

2020 Range Rover Velar rear view, driving

Should you buy a Range Rover Velar?

Yes. The Range Rover Velar may be up against some tough rivals, but in its latest form, it’s a pleasure to drive, thanks in no small part for its ability to make the driver feel very special indeed. The futuristic looks and glossy interior are a big part of that, and it’s a great-looking car in the metal, with great stance, and a sporting look without being aggressive.

The Velar is a rewarding and enjoyable SUV that manages to drive really well, cosset the driver, and make everyone who rides in it feel special. That’s quite an achievement Would we recommend one over an Audi Q5 Sportback or BMW X6, though?

Yes, but with provisos – you’re buying a piece of design with great on-road dynamics and off-road prowess. If you’re looking for the last word in build quality, reliability or solidity, you might want to look elsewhere.

What we like

We love the way it looks, especially in R-Dynamic form on the larger wheels. There’s also that interior, with the twin-screen technology and that innovative Kvadrat fabric for those who don’t do leather.

It’s comfortable, quiet and really nicely set-up for A-roads and motorways, and as a long-distance GT the Velar is a serious contender.

The entry-level D200 version covers pretty much all the bases an owner will need, and in HSE form, it’s supremely comfortable and relaxing to drive. The plug-in hybrid version works well with it’s 30-plus-mile range on battery, and its low tax bills – but if you want to get the best from it, remember to keep those batteries charged up.

What we don’t like

For those looking for a step-up from a Range Rover Evoque, the jump in size might be a bit of a surprise – it feels large on the road and is really too big to be threading through the city or tight country lanes.

As for the elephant in the room of quality and reliability, Land Rover’s record is not great in this area, and its Ingenium engine suffered from numerous issues earlier on its production run. Land Rover says the latest version has made great strides in this area, and the interior feels better screwed together than it once did. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating – and we’ll keep tabs on this situation, and will adjust our rating accordingly.

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