The Range Rover Velar has loads of room up front, there’s space in the back for three adults – even if alternatives have more rear seat footroom – and the boot is easy to load and huge
There’s absolutely loads of space in the front seats and the Range Rover Velar’s height makes climbing in a breeze. Entry-level cars come with eight-way adjustable heated front seats to help you get comfortable while S models get improved 10-way adjustment and a memory function – handy if you regularly lend your car to someone else.
Unfortunately, lumbar support to help reduce backache on long journeys is only standard on high-spec Range Rover Velar HSE . You can get it on cheaper S and SE cars as part of the £2,630 20-way adjustable seat pack but the same pack will set you back an eye-watering £3,765 on entry-level Velars.
Thankfully, there’s a fair amount of space in the back. The Velar’s large doors make climbing in dead easy and there’s plenty of head and knee room for your six-foot-tall friends. The only frustrating features are the protruding front seat mounts that cut into space for your passengers’ feet.
The Velar’s wide cabin means there’s plenty of shoulder space for carrying three adults abreast but the slightly raised central seat and large lump in the floor means your middle passenger won’t be quite as comfy as in a Mercedes GLC. The Velar’s small rear windows can make its interior feel quite dark and dingy, too.
Fitting a child seat’s dead easy thanks to the wide-opening doors, raised seat bases and clearly marked Isofix anchor points – there’s even space to fit a bulky rear-facing seat. You’ll just have to be careful not to lose the removable Isofix covers, however – best put them somewhere safe along with that remote control…
The Range Rover Velar’s front door bins are large enough to hold a 1.5-litre bottle and its glovebox is reasonably roomy, too. There’s a shallow storage area under the folding front armrest for a few phones and two USB ports for keeping them charged.
You get two large cupholders in the front (one behind the gear lever and a second under a glossy plastic lid) but there’s also a square slot just ahead of the front armrest that’s perfect for holding a large drink carton.
The rear door bins are almost as spacious as those in the front and your passengers get a set of aeroplane-style folding seat pockets too. All models come with a folding rear armrest, a pair of cupholders and a couple of USB ports and if you pay extra for the rear infotainment screens you’ll also get two HDMI video inputs tucked behind the armrest.
The Velar has a mix of style and practicality that few cars can match
You’ll be able to cram 558 litres of luggage in the Range Rover Velar boot with all five seats in place – that’s more than the 550-litre Mercedes GLC, 550-litre Audi Q5 and 500-litre Porsche Macan. It’s easily big enough to carry two sets of golf clubs and there’s no annoying boot lip to worry about.
Its square shape makes it easy to pack full of large boxes but its raised ride height and tall boot opening mean you might struggle to lift very heavy luggage on board. Thankfully, all models with a 3.0-litre engine come with air suspension as standard that you can lower using a switch in the boot to make loading easier.
You get a few heavy-duty shopping hooks and tether points to secure smaller items and a 12V socket to keep any boot-bound gizmos charged as you drive along but the spare wheel takes up almost all the available underfloor storage.
Need to carry even more stuff? The back seats fold down in a three-way (40:20:40) split so you can carry as many as three passengers and some long luggage at once. The outer two seats fold using levers in the boot but you’ll have to lean forwards to push the central seat down yourself.
With all three back seats out of the way, you’ll be able to pack the Range Rover Velar with 1,731 litres of luggage. It’s larger than the 1,600-litre boots in the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC and easily big enough to carry a bike without removing its wheels.