2023 Land Rover Range Rover Velar has gotten more stylish without any changes. The arrival of Velar in 2018, pushed the brand’s design aesthetic farther than it had ever gone before. In the years since the Velar debuted, it’s cousins; including the full-size Range Rover and the smaller Evoque have borrowed many of its new-wave styling cues. Now in its sixth year of production, the 2023 model looks much the same as the original. A pair of turbocharged engines are offered; a 2.0-liter four-pot and a 3.0-liter inline-six that also sports supercharging and as well as standard all-wheel drive. The car’s experience is not as engaging or refined as the BMW X3’s, Genesis GV70’s, or Porsche Macan’s. This is a high-style SUV with an undeniable road presence and a well-respected luxury name.
For the year 2023, the Range Rover Velar gains a sporty-looking HST model. It is finished with an exclusive Arroios Grey paint option and unique 21-inch black wheels. The HST will sit above the Velar’s trims and will be equipped only with the 395-hp turbocharged-and-supercharged inline-six engine. Along with an adjustable air suspension and adaptive damper system which are standard, too.
Engine & Performance
The base standard engine is a 247-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot that behaves well enough but struggles to move the Velar’s substantial heft. On testing the four-pot Velar, it took 7.4 seconds to hit 60 mph. The turbocharged-and-supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six undoubtedly provides better acceleration performance. This is offered in both 335- or 395-hp variants. Similar to the Velar’s acceleration, its handling is by no means sporty. The suspension vigorously manages the SUV’s body motions and keeps body roll to a minimum, while returning a firm, well-managed ride. Models equipped with the available air suspension can raise and lower their ride height for either more dynamic moves on-road or greater dexterity off it.
|2023 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Mileage||City||Highway|
|Inline-6||20 mpg||26 mpg|
|Turbocharged 4-Cylinder||21 mpg||27 mpg|
The EPA has rated the inline-six engine as high as 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. But the turbocharged four-pot is slightly more efficient, with ratings of 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
Dimensions & Airbags
|2023 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Dimensions|
|Cargo Volume||34 cu ft|
|2023 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Trims||Price (USD)|
We’d recommend getting the P250 R-Dynamic S, as it sports 19-inch wheels, dual exhaust with polished finishers, a blacked-out grille, and leather-and-suede interior upholstery. We’d also suggest getting the optional Dynamic Handling package, which includes an adjustable suspension system, a drive-mode selector, and All Terrain Progress Control, which acts as a sort of adaptive cruise control for low speeds or in slippery conditions.
Specifications & Top-Speed
|2023 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Specifications||Specs|
|0-60 MPH||7.4 sec|
|0-100 MPH||20.4 sec|
|1/4 Mile||15.7 sec|
|Top Speed||135 mph|