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Range Rover Velar S 2019 review: snapshot


The second level of the four-step Velar stairway is the S. A significant price rise brings a ton of equipment and is probably where most punters will start, although probably not at the $82,263 D180. The top engine spec, the P380 with R Dynamic, maxes out at $109,092.

Every Velar features all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic and five seats.

The big price jump to the S means 19-inch alloys, an 11-speaker stereo, ambient interior lighting, electric front seats, sat nav, auto high beam, LED headlights with signature DRLS, puddle lamps, a wifi hotspot with on-board SIM card slot, powered and heated folding mirrors, leather interior, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, reversing camera, keyless entry and start, front and rear parking sensors, remote app, auto LED headlights, auto wipers, leather and suede trim, power tailgate, and a space-saver spare.

The R-Dynamic package, which is a part styling part, technology pack for inside and out, adds different wheels, upgrades to seat leather, aluminium trim pieces and, on some models, an upgrade to the sound system. It also adds air suspension and bigger front brakes, depending on the engine spec. R-Dynamic adds around $6000 to the price of each trim/engine level.

Each Velar comes with JLR's new stacked touchscreen technology, 'Touch Pro Duo'. With two big touchscreens, one high in the dash as before and one where the dash meets the console, it allows you to spread the different functions across the two screens. Annoyingly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a $520 privilege for the pair.

The Velar ships with six airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, tyre-pressure monitoring, reversing camera, lane-keep assist, forward AEB with pedestrian avoidance, and lane-departure warning.

There are also three top-tether anchor points and two ISOFIX points and the Velar scored five ANCAP safety stars in December 2017.

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D180 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $67,650 – 77,770 2019 Land Rover RANGE ROVER VELAR 2019 D180 Pricing and Specs
D180 HSE 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $101,970 – 117,260 2019 Land Rover RANGE ROVER VELAR 2019 D180 HSE Pricing and Specs
D180 R-DYNAMIC 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $73,260 – 84,260 2019 Land Rover RANGE ROVER VELAR 2019 D180 R-DYNAMIC Pricing and Specs
D180 R-DYNAMIC HSE 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $107,690 – 123,750 2019 Land Rover RANGE ROVER VELAR 2019 D180 R-DYNAMIC HSE Pricing and Specs
Peter Anderson
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