Range Rover Velar SUV - Reliability & safety

The Range Rover Velar lacks some of the latest autonomous systems and Land Rover’s reputation for reliability isn’t the best

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Owners Rating

3.5 out of 5

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The Range Rover Velar has been on the road for long enough to gauge it's reliability, but too few owners took part in our 2020 survey for it to feature in our top 75 cars. As a brand, Land Rover has fared less well, finishing in 25th place for customer satisfaction, an ongoing trend that’s seen the company go from a very respectable 7th place finish in 2018, to finishing in a lowly 25th place this year. However, there’s enough background information available to give some colour. At least safety isn't a worry, thanks to a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.

Range Rover Velar reliability

Land Rover came 25th in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, which is a marked slide from seventh in 2018. While owners were generally happy across the board, running costs and reliability were the two areas that came in for criticism, and a notable 33.8% of owners reported at least one fault with their car within the first year of ownership.

Safety

The Range Rover Velar was tested by Euro NCAP in Autumn 2017 and received a reassuring five-star crash-test result. This was the result of impressive scores of 93% and 85% respectively in the adult and child occupant protection categories. The Velar also achieved an impressive 74% for pedestrian safety.

All Velars come with autonomous emergency braking and emergency braking assistance (that helps apply full braking pressure in an emergency stop scenario), adds blind spot assist, adaptive cruise control and high-speed emergency braking. Upgrade to the Driver Assist Pack (a hefty £1,600 on the entry model) and you’ll also get adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warnings and sensors designed to warn the driver of any passing traffic when reversing.

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