- Running costs unlikely to be decisive reason for purchase
- Okay for an SUV, but hardly exceptional
- Residual values should prove 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.
Range Rover Velar fuel economy
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.
The P380 V6 supercharged petrol, by contrast, claims just 30.1mpg. Drive it as it enjoys being driven, and you’ll be lucky to top 20…
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.
Despite these residuals, monthly payments on Land Rover's PCP finance scheme are still particularly high.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||116p||£1,425 - £1,758 *|
|Diesel||118p||£1,032 - £1,219 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||D180 and D250 – two years or 21,000 miles, whichever is sooner D300, P250, P300 and P380 – one year or 16,000 miles, whichever is sooner|
|Warranty||The standard Range Rover Velar warranty is three years with unlimited mileage|
|Road tax (12 months)||£450|
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
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 – emits a reasonably low 142g/km CO2, while only the 380hp supercharged petrol breaks the 200g/km barrier (at 214g/km 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.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|2.0d Diesel||142 g/km (Min)||£450|
|3.0 Petrol||214 g/km (Max)||£450|
- 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 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?
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|