Kuala Lumpur – The Range Rover Velar, is one of the most sophisticated and advanced mid-size luxury sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the market.
Range Rover is the Luxury arm of Land Rover, renowned for making off-road cars that can conquer harsh terrains, way before SUV was being introduced. The Velar was the code name Land Rover used in 1969 when the company was secretly working on its first Range Rover prototype.
Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the official importer for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in Malaysia, introduced the Velar in April last year, and it became one of the best sellers for the company’s model line up.
Auto News Asia took the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic for a spin and it is a stunning, stylish, luxury and comfortable ride.
The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic is one of the modern looking, advanced and sophisticated SUV, available in the Malaysian market today.
Locking and unlocking the Velar felt like we were activating a space ship, shown in the movies. The door handles and side steps will slide out, like a compact disc tray, and retracts when the car starts to move or lock it with the remote.
In the heart of the Velar, it is armed with the Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder continuously variable valve lift and twin-scroll turbocharger engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Resulting to 248 hp at 5,500 rpm and 365 Nm of torque at 1,200 rpm.
Jaguar Land Rover claims that the luxury SUV can complete the century sprint in 6.7 seconds and the top speed is rated at 217 kph. Its combined fuel consumption rating is recorded at 7.6 litres per 100 km (l/100km).
Velar’s Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder continuously variable valve lift and twin-scroll turbocharger engine is quick and quiet. It revs freely to provide plentiful supply of torque. The eight-speed gearbox shifts gears smoothly and silently.
The luxury SUV sits tightly during corners, with a minimal bodyroll. This is unusual because a SUV of its size will normally lean more during turns. The light weighted steering provides accurate feedback on the road conditions and takes command effectively.
The British carmaker positioned itself in between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, both in terms of size and price. The Velar measured in at 4,803 mm in length, 2,032 mm in width, 1,665 mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,874 mm. It is 47 mm shorter than Range Rover Sport but 433 mm longer than Evoque. The Velar weighs 1,804 kg and it has 673 litres of boot space as well as 63 litres of fuel tank capacity.
Its interior is spacious and luxurious, with premium materials and futuristic dashboard design. The cabin has ample space to carry five large size adults giving them generous headroom and legroom. The wind, tyre and engine noise was very well isolated from the cabin providing a quiet ride. The 673 litres of boot space can easily carry a large size tandem stroller with spaces left for luggage.
Some of the equipment list includes the flush deployable door handles and side steps, Matrix LED headlights with daytime running lights, Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, rear fog lamps, automatic wipers and headlights, high beam assist, auto dimming rear view mirror, powerfold and heated side mirrors with approach lights, keyless entry and push to start button, powered gesture tailgate, LED taillights, powered adjusted front seats with memory function for the driver, two-zone climate control, ambient lighting, electrically adjusted steering, Land Rover’s terrain response system, Meridian 17 speakers with subwoofer surround sound system, cruise control and many more.
The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, a two 10-inch touchscreen system, which has only two large buttons and a small button on it. One of the buttons is to adjust the entertainment’s volume, the other two can be customised to control the temperature and fan speed. The system allows the occupants to multitask with greater safety by using two screens simultaneously. For example, when travelling to a new destination, the lower screen allows the driver to make a phone call without losing the navigation on the top screen.
There is no doubt that the Meridian surround sound system provides excellent listening experience. The 17 speakers with subwoofer surround sound system play sharp and clear treble quality tunes, accompanied by a solid bass. However, we find that the bass quality needs to be more powerful, because currently it lacks of ohm.
The R-Dynamic variant we drove is also equipped with the R-Dynamic exterior package, 21-inch wheels, leather and suede cloth seats, multi-function leather steering wheel, head-up display, fixed panoramic roof, bright metal pedals, metal front treadplate with R-Dynamic branding and surround camera.
In terms for the safety features, the Velar is fitted with six airbags, hill descent control, dynamic stability control, electric parking brake, emergency brake assist, electric brake force distribution, anti-lock braking system, tyre pressure monitoring system, traction control, roll stability control, cornering brake control and ISOFIX child seat mounting points.
The range topping Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic is priced at RM555,471 on-the-road, excluding insurance. It is covered with a five-year or 150,000km whichever comes first warranty, five-years or 65,000 km whichever comes first free service and three years roadside assistance.
We managed to drive the Velar R-Dynamic for a day, clocking in over 300km. In a mixture of highway and city driving, it recorded 8.1 to 9 l/100km. Cruising on the highway within the legal speed limit resulted to 6.6 to 7.2 l/100km. After some maximum throttle uphill climb, it recorded 10.5 to 12.3 l/100km.
Overall, the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic is an excellent luxury SUV, but it is still lacking some features. It would benefit the driver during long distance drive, if the Velar is equipped with adaptive cruise control. It would further enhance the safety feature of the Velar, if it is fitted with the blind spot warning system.