Range Rover Velar SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
There are cheaper SUVs to run than the Range Rover Velar, but it’s competitively efficient nonetheless
The most efficient non-hybrid Range Rover Velar is the D200, that’s officially capable of up to 44mpg. As with almost all cars, upgrading the Velar’s engine reduces its economy. If you choose the D300 with its 296bhp 3.0-litre diesel, economy slips to a maximum of 37.2mpg and business drivers will need to pay the highest BiK rate.
The Velar’s petrol engines are pretty thirsty. Even when driven gently, you'll be lucky to get over 25mpg in the 395bhp 3.0-litre P400. The 5.0-litre SVAutobiography is on another level again, returning up to 23mpg, and it sits in the highest BiK band for company-car drivers. That may be a cost you’re willing to bear, though, particularly if you like the styling of the Range Rover model, with its sleek design giving it a distinctive look.
If you’re intending to run a Velar as a company car, your best bet is the P400e PHEV. Thanks to a battery and electric motor that offer a range of up to 33 miles, it can return 128.2mpg and emits from only 50g/km of CO2. This makes it the only Velar in a lower BiK band, and under current rules, you'll even be able to drive it into most low emissions zones without paying a fee. Charging using a 7kW home wallbox takes under two hours, and it's capable of 32kW DC rapid charging for a public top-up to around 80% in 30 minutes.
Due to a starting price of over £40,000, all Range Rover Velars are liable for additional VED (tax) surcharge in years two to six of ownership, dropping to the standard rates after that.
The standard Velar range sits in insurance groups 31-46 out of 50, so premiums will be pricey but in fairness, the BMW X3 ranges from group 28 to group 40 and the Audi Q5 starts in group 29. The mighty SVAutobiography sits in group 50, two higher than the Jaguar F-Pace SVR.
The three-year/60,000-mile warranty offered by Land Rover used to be average for the car industry, but with BMW, Mercedes, Renault, Toyota, Kia and a number of other manufacturers offering more generous guarantees, what’s seen as average has arguably moved on.
Land Rover’s fixed-price servicing plans make budgeting for maintenance easy. Prices for the Velar’s plans start at around £700 for four-cylinder diesel models and include scheduled maintenance (including AdBlue top-ups for diesel engines) for five years or 50,000 miles, while a 75,000-mile plan costs £800. Service plans for six-cylinder models cost a little more, and no 75,000-mile option is offered.