Land Rover Range Rover Velar interior
The interior has loads of high-tech and luxurious kit, so long as you avoid the entry-level versions. The infotainment systems look particularly cool, but aren’t the easiest to use.
The middle of the Range Rover Velar range is the place to head if you want the sort of equipment that makes this car’s cabin high-tech and luxurious.
Despite costing more than £45,000, the entry-level models don’t even come with leather seats or satellite navigation as standard, which feels a bit mean. If you suffer from a bad back and want lumbar support on your seats then you have to go all the way up to HSE trim.
What you do get on every model is a futuristic-looking dual-screen infotainment system that is surrounded by a smart, minimalist dashboard with plenty of leather and soft-touch plastic trims. The Range Rover Velar SE cars and above get an additional digital screen in front of the driver place of conventional analogue dials too.
Top-spec HSE versions come with plusher leather upholstery too, but sadly you still get some brittle, scratchy surfaces – mainly around the door bins and under the centre console, so still in places you will come into contact with.
If you want to add more trims to the cabin then there are a selection of aluminium, ash and carbon fibre bits on offer. They’ll cost you from less than £100 to more than £1,000 depending on which ones you go for.
A panoramic glass roof helps make the cabin feel as airy as possible and you can go for a fixed one for about £1300 or a sliding one, but that will set you back almost £1600.
The Velar’s stylish cabin comes packed with more glossy screens than an Apple store, but they can be a little confusing to use when you’re driving.
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All of the Range Rover Velar’s infotainment and heating systems are controlled through two 10-inch screens that sit above one another in the centre of the dashboard and in the centre console.
The top screen is dedicated to the Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and satellite navigation (if it is fitted.) There are loads of icons on the screen and not many physical buttons so you will end up taking your eyes off the road to make sure you hit the right part of the screen.
When you get the right button, the screen responds quickly, but the menu layouts are not that logical to navigate around so it is a bit tricky to put an address into the navigation. Other bits, like adding a waypoint or swiping around the map to preview your route, are a bit simpler thankfully.
You’ll need to use the bottom screen to adjust the cabin temperature, which is a system that isn’t as quick and easy as the conventional knobs and dials you get in the bigger Range Rover Sport. You start by selecting what it is you want to tweak – heating or seat temperature for example – and then use the circular dials to adjust the temperature up or down.
Not only does this take longer than a physical dial, it means you’ll have to spend quite some time staring down at the centre console when you should be concentrating on driving.
Sadly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring cost extra across the range, but you do get Land Rover’s own basic smartphone integration as standard on S models and above. This lets you use a basic selection of apps, like Spotify, on the car’s screens but the more common Apple and Android systems are easier to use.
The digital driver’s display that comes as standard on the SE and HSE models is a very modern-feeling touch. Instead of conventional analogue speedo and rev counter dials with a physical needle, you get a high-resolution screen that complements the rest of the Range Rover’s futuristic cabin.
The only slight letdown is the odd touchpad-style controls on the steering wheel, which mean it isn’t quite as user-friendly as the Audi Q5’s similar Virtual Cockpit system.
If you regularly carry passengers in the back and want to keep them entertained, you might want to consider the rear-seat infotainment screens, but you’ll need £2,225 burning a hole in your pocket. This option brings two eight-inch displays on the backs of the front headrests and some HDMI video inputs behind the rear armrest.
Rather annoyingly, you’ll have to hand over an extra £880 if you want to be able to watch digital TV and they don’t come with touchscreen controls – instead, you have to use a rather old-fashioned (and easy to lose) TV-style remote.
The Range Rover Velar‘s standard eight-speaker stereo sounds OK for an upmarket SUV but the upgraded Meridian systems that you get on all but entry-level models are a marked improvement. S models have 11 speakers, SE versions come with 17 and there’s a 23-speaker system available if you fancy pumping out Glastonbury-volume tunes in a Waitrose car park.
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