Is the Range Rover Velar a good tow rig?

The important facts on the latest from the Green Oval.

Once upon a time, Land Rover sold the Defender, the Discovery and the Range Rover. Then the Freelander came along, and the range has been slowly expanding since then. Nowadays, the Defender marque is in between jobs, and there’s a total of six other models in the line-up. Sales are booming, and consumer sentiment is not as sour as it once was.

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The latest model is another Range Rover, called the Velar. So what’s the deal with it? It’s landing in Australia late in 2017, priced from $70,300 to $135,600. It’s bigger than the Evoque, and smaller than the Sport.

There will be five options for engines – going from a 132kW 2.0-litre diesel up to a 280kW 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol. Maximum braked towing rating on the Range Rover Velar
is 2400 to 2500 kilograms.

Not an un-handy amount; but this means it’s probably not the best choice as a full-time tug. A 650kg payload isn’t completely awful, but that too could be better for a life on the road. Unfortunately, those wanting a bit of serious Green Oval action will be better off looking at other models in the line-up.

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