Picturesque design piece and arrogant cowardly: The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P300 is no ordinary SUV. After our test, we wish above all better assistants.
It seems a bit arrogant. On the big speedometer display, the Velar shows itself first and foremost. On the left the speed, on the right the speed, in between a profile of the car. Because you do not see it from the outside while driving. And because he looks so elegant all around.
The Velar is a design piece. A moving lounge, emphasizing modern and flattering to the fingers. Our test car combines white paint with copper accents and black rims, coarse fabric with fine leather, off-road capabilities with touch controls. He is so different, though under the tin he is a construction SUV.
We were on the road with the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P300 for two weeks. As the big SUV drives with a four-cylinder petrol engine, why the assistants still need fine-tuning and how he is in the SUV and off-road vehicle program of his group, you read in our detailed rating.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P300 Dimensions
Objectively Jaguar Land Rover was missing no car with Velar size in the program. With a length of 4.80 meters, he builds little larger than the technically closely related SUV Jaguar F-Pace (4.73 meters) and only slightly smaller than the SUV Range Rover Sport (4.85 meters). His gap is not strictly speaking – especially since he takes over wheelbase (2.87 m) and ground clearance (21 cm) unchanged from the F-Pace. That’s it, other manufacturers rank their SUVs even closer.
Despite the wide center console, it sits generously in the Velar. There is plenty of space to the side, but less towards the front. The lavishly sculpted dashboard stretches very far into the interior. Voluminous passengers come at some point to the limit of the seat adjustment. Annoying: In series two it gets tighter than you would expect from a car in this class.
At the very back, the place is right again. 673 liters of cargo volume is exactly between the SUV middle class and the very large models. With folded rear seats fit 1,731 liters in the range. The backrests can only be folded down for a surcharge (136 Euro) from the trunk. The third row of seats is not on offer.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P300 Interior
One senses that optimal functionality was not the focus of the Velar. What is more important is what you see and touch. The focus was on an independent design, pleasant feel and good workmanship. What is particularly pleasing is that the manufacturer offers interesting materials and distributes them over a large area.
“Premium for” is for example recycled PET bottles. Land Rover makes a leather-like fabric from this and tensions it to the seats. This did not remind any of our co-drivers of recycling, the fabric sits comfortably and does not smell. There was a plus point for vegans.
The Velar but makes himself broken. The tested combination of recycled floor and the designer fabric is more expensive than plain leather. After all: There is a combination of suede and synthetic leather as standard.
Ergonomics in Velar are right. All controls are easily accessible, the steering wheel is comfortable in the hand. On long journeys, we were bothered that the headrests could not be adjusted backward. From 100 km / h came in our test car unpleasant wind noise from the driver’s window.
Real buttons and buttons almost completely disappear in the Velar. Infotainment and most other functions are served via two large touchscreens in the center console. This is getting used to at the beginning but works fine after a while.
The lower screen controls air conditioning, seats (eg seat heating and massage function) and driving modes. Two knobs change their function depending on the surface and control the temperature, blower or the driving mode.
The upper part of the monitor duo takes care of navigation, audio functions, and hands-free equipment in a classic way. Menu navigation and graphics should work smoother and faster here. The system often takes time and jerks. This is especially annoying while driving. Anyone who can generally make friends with a touchscreen will be able to cope with the system.
Too bad: The smartphone standards Apple CarPlay or Android Auto are not available for the Velar. Instead, there are the “InControl” apps. The system connects via its own software via USB with the smartphone but reflects only a manageable number of apps on the car display. At this point, the range is inherent, especially since the navigation systems from Apple and Google are missing.
As standard, Land Rover builds analog round instruments in the Velar. Optionally (728 Euro) sits a large display behind the steering wheel and displays all data digitally. This looks more modern but is superfluous. The instrument display does not offer any added value: apart from its own flank, the Velar only shows an onboard computer line, navigation information, and warnings of the assistance systems.
SPECIFICATIONS LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER VELAR P300
- Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol engine
- Power: 300 hp (221 kW) at 5,500 rpm
- Torque: 400 Nm at 1,500 – 4,500 rpm
- Drive: 8-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
- Consumption: 8.1 – 8.4 l / 100 km
- Test consumption: 9.9 l / 100 km
- 0 – 100 km / h: 6.2 s
- Top speed: 234 km / h
- Length: 4,804 m
- Width: 2,041 m (with mirrors: 2,145 m)
- Height: 1,685 m
- Wheelbase: 2,874 m
- Weight: 1,884 kg
- Trailer load: 2,400 kg
- Price: from 58.970 (Velar P300)
- Price test car: 94,548.97 euros
Assistance Systems & Safety
These warnings are much more common than necessary. The Velar seems to have an enormous fear of rear-end collisions and warns if there is no danger in sight. The same applies to the park beeper: Shunting operations close to parking garage pillars are set to music throughout with obtrusive warnings.
Overall, the assistant should work more sensitively. The distance cruise control is its perfect distance too important. He brakes abruptly and misjudges occasionally in the lane. Unnecessary delays annoy especially on longer distances. After all, he can be converted into a normal cruise control.
Our test car had the biggest problems, however, with the matrix high beam. The system was only occasionally aware of vehicles driving in front of us at night. So he was constantly flipping up and down – and with it the driver in the car in front of us. This involuntary flare is dangerous, disturbing and even necessary – here Land Rover has to improve.
Engine Specs & Transmission
In the engines, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P300 oriented to the SUV middle class. The base drives with four cylinders and 180 to 300 hp, the top models with six pistons and up to 380 hp. In our test car works a four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 300 hp and 400 Newton meters of torque, coupled to an eight-speed automatic from ZF.
It sounds a bit strange when a big SUV makes the same sound as a brisk compact. However, that’s the only downside we noticed in the test. The little petrol engine goes to work spontaneously and struggles not particularly with the large range. On the contrary: The V6 supercharger with 380 hp takes our test car in the sprint to 100 km only from half a second.
The converter automatic works fast and keep the burner in a pleasant speed range. When the car slides, it remains silent in the interior. Who demands performance, hears the small engine clear, but never too loud and is pleased with the good insulation. The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P300 lacks momentum dynamically.
Our consumption leveled off in Greater Berlin at about ten liters per 100 kilometers. For size and performance, a good value – for long distances but a larger tank would be recommended. For some months there is a particle filter as standard in the Velar. All engines comply with the Euro 6d temp.
Performance is more of a luxury feature at the Velar. He does not claim to break records or drive away from others. He should move forward confidently, but above all drive comfortably. That’s exactly what it does: The Range offers excellent long-distance comfort with a gently oscillating air suspension. Not brand seasick, rather type litter. As you would expect in a moving lounge.
Adaptive dampers are part of the standard. The air suspension is available as an option on the P300 and D240 models (1,644 euros) and comes standard with the top models. The fact that the steering lacks feel is not a problem in Velar’s everyday life. If it’s jagged, the Jaguar F-Pace is the better choice anyway.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P300 Price & Equipment
The Velar seeks no gap, he invents his place in the program. By comparison, other Land Rovers look rustic and functional. It offers a great atmosphere in the interior and creates what other SUVs just try: it feels different. For assistance, lights and the display on the displays Land Rover should necessarily rework.
A naked 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P300 with 180 diesel-PS costs at least 56,400 euros. He is significantly more expensive than many mid-range SUVs and cheaper than most upper-class Hochbeiner. For the inferior technology twin Jaguar F-Pace, the gap is just under 6,000 euros in favor of the Jaguar.
The basic equipment in the Velar is considerable: four-wheel drive, adaptive dampers, LED lamps, a 2-zone automatic climate control, eight speakers and the two touchscreens are standard. Nevertheless, the options list is long. Our test car costs almost 95,000 euros with Matrix laser lamps, assistants, head-up displays and velar covers.