Range Rover Velar
STATUS: Minor changes for 2020 - The Velar is as much fashion statement as it is an all-conditions off-roader, but that's probably why buyers who aren't into boxy utility vehicles are drawn to it. The fashionable interior is clean and uncluttered and dominated by two 10-inch touch-screens. The dash-mounted screen operates the communications, infotainment and ambient lighting, while a larger tablet-shaped unit situated on the floor console controls the heating, ventilation and air conditioning. All-wheel-drive is standard for every Velar, including the new-for-2020 fully loaded SVAutobiography (all one word) that runs with a 550-horsepower supercharged V-8. Lesser trims make do with turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline or diesel engines, and there's an available supercharged V-6 producing 340 or 380 horsepower, depending on the Velar model chosen. Standard content includes navigation, gesture-activated power liftgate, auto-leveling headlights, rear-parking assist and a driver's head-up (windshield) display.
Base price (incl. destination): $51,000
Type: Midsize utility vehicle
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 (247); 2.0-liter I-4 turbo-diesel (180); 3.0-liter V-6, supercharged (340/380); 5.0-liter V-8, supercharged (550)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 21/27/23 (2.0, gasoline)
Base weight (lb.): 4,220