The 2021 Range Rover Velar Has Only a Minor Drawback

Most likely, when you visualize a Range Rover, you see a vehicle that will meet and even go beyond your expectations on different terrains. Well, indeed, Range Rovers do well on and off-road, including its 2021 model year lineup that features striking looks in addition to performance. So, if you are looking for a luxury compact SUV, the 2021 Range Rover Velar will be an ideal choice. That is if you can get over one minor issue the model has.

Where the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar excels

A Land Rover Range Rover Velar PHEV model connected to a charging station
The Land Rover Range Rover Velar PHEV | Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC

The  exterior

It is safe to say that the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar is surprisingly sleeker than other Range Rover options. That is the case since it comes with flush door handles, which pop out when you need to gain access. Additionally, a standard panoramic glass sunroof with floating all-black pillars, an expansive front grille, and a pair of subtle fender vent-like accents add to the sleek appearance of the 2021 Range Rover Velar.

Driving impressions and handling

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar has features enhanced by the available air suspension setup to lower the vehicle for better handling. That, in turn, promotes a controlled and comfortable driving experience with little direct steering and body roll. Additionally, you will hardly go without noticing the SUV’s stopping power since the braking system does a great job of bringing the Velar to a complete stop. 

If you are planning an off-road trip, the Range Rover Velar will come in handy just like other Range Rover models that can go anywhere in supreme comfort. Also, Velar’s competent all-wheel drive system allows for some off-road adventuring. Fording almost any stream with the 2021 Range Rover Velar is also possible since it has a wading depth of up to 25.5 inches.

Interior space and seating 

The five-seat 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar treats front occupants to 14-way power-adjustable seats with memory, and there is a wealth of legroom and headroom in the front and back to make journeys as comfortable as possible. Large door openings allow you to access the vehicle with ease, and you can also lower the SUV for greater ease of access if you choose the air suspension option. Equipping the 2021 Range Rover Velar with running boards for those who want to savor a more graceful entry is also possible.

The 2021 Range Rover Velar’s minor drawback

The absence of any immediately recognizable iconography or controls when you step inside the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar is a minor drawback. That is the case since everything is either a screen or backlit, including the center stack, the steering wheel buttons, and the instrument panel. However, this is more or less a trivial issue compared to the strengths of the Range Rover Velar and can be overcome after a bit of a learning curve.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar specs and pricing

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar comes with a 113.1-inch wheelbase, and the car’s overall length is 188 inches, while its width is 80.3 inches with its mirrors folded. When it comes to the SUV’s engine, it has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. A turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six replaces the previous supercharged V6 as an optional upgrade, and a 48-volt electrical system drives the auxiliary compressor that augments the 3.0-liter engine.

It is also worth mentioning that each Land Rover Range Rover Velar version has an eight-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission performs well since it has smooth, jerk-free shifts and quick responses as you gun it. Velar’s 2.0 engine has an EPA gas mileage score of 21/27/23 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. The 3.0-liter turbocharged engine option has an EPA gas mileage of 20/26/22 mpg on similar cycles.

As for cargo concerns, even with five occupants inside the 2021 Range Rover Velar, there is plenty of space in the trunk since it has 30.9 cubic feet of volume. That space is more than enough for luggage for each passenger.

If you are planning to buy the 2021 Range Rover Velar, you need at least $56,900. According to U.S. News, the turbocharged six-cylinder model of the Velar will cost you $63,900, and if you need a Range Rover Velar equipped with a list of multiple optional features, that can raise the SUV’s price to $110,000.

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