Look out Range Rover Sport, your little sister is getting an upgrade. The Velar is arguably the beauty queen of the Land Rover family. Its perfect proportions and minimalistic styling, make it worthy of a museum piece. Even the door handles pop in and out in order to not detract from its sleek lines. While the Range Rover Velar is a very capable off-road, its fun is better suited to wet or dry tarmacs. Leave it to the regular Range Rover or the Range Rover Sport if you really want to go rock crawling with their locking differentials and low-speed transfer cases.
My test vehicle for this review is the model range topping Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition. It is a brand new trim for the 2020 model year. The biggest standard equipment enhancement is the 5.0 L supercharged V8, which pumps out 550 horsepower and 502 pounds of torque. The engine transforms the Velar from a beautiful SUV, into a beautiful machine that eats sports cars for breakfast. That, combined with lighter wheels and a calibrated 8-speed gearbox, mean that the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. It sounds absolutely incredible when you smash the gas pedal thanks to a sports-tuned quad exhaust.
You also get bigger brakes for better stopping power. Additionally, the steering and suspension have been tuned to deliver more precise handling characteristics. This combined with its smaller size, make the Velar more enjoyable to drive at high speeds on-road than its older brothers, the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition and the Range Rover Sport SVR. The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is more nimble, has better turn in, and seemingly less understeer.
As you would expect, the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition comes with an unparalleled interior that is fitting of the Range Rover badge. Exclusive to this trim level is quilted, perforated and twin-stitched leather upholstery. It makes the car look and feel extra special. It is sporty, but at the same time not brash and boy racer like. It is a true gentleman’s interior.
All of this does come at a cost, the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition (Thats a mouthful by the way) starts at $90,750. It is a lot of money for an SUV of this size, but it has a more powerful engine and a nicer interior than the competitively priced Porsche and BMW SUVs. So in many ways it is bargain. Plus it will handle its own off-road in a pinch, thanks to Land Rover’s all-terrain response system. I was at a Porsche SUV off-road event last summer, and half of the vehicles got stuck in the mud. On the contrary, I have never gotten stuck in a Land Rover product… the choice is yours.