2018 Range Rover Velar is Thoroughly Investigated by Savage Geese

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Settle in and enjoy a beautifully shot and well thought through break-down of the 2018 Range Rover Velar.

We are big fans of the Savage Geese Youtube channel. Objectivity is a rarity when it comes to YouTube reviews, but these guys will break things down and calmly report on the good and bad of a car. They’re not carried away by horsepower and torque figures, but focus on how the car is in the real world. That’s why we were interested to see the 2018 Range Rover Velar subtitled as “SUV Jewelry.”

2018 Range Rover Velar

The idea of Range Rovers being an accessory is, of course, not new. The majority sold will never have their true capabilities tested. Range Rovers have become a status symbol for a large chunk of society. Also, for those that don’t need to show off but want something roomy and comfortable, a Range Rover can be understated and sophisticated. However, Range Rovers have always been a remarkable example of form and function. Unlike, say, a Cadillac Escalade, a Range Rover can go places its form suggests. With that in mind, is this a departure from that? Could the Velar really be a piece of SUV jewelry?


ALSO SEE: Range Rover Velar First Drive Review


Yes, it is. But when people say Jewelry, we automatically think of necklaces, bracelets or even earrings. When it comes to the Velar, or any new Range Rover, perhaps it’s more accurate to think of in terms of a well engineered and good looking diving watch that can go down to 1,000 meters. If only scuba divers bought them, those companies wouldn’t make any profit and couldn’t justify making them. The reality is, in the same way Range Rover owners don’t go off-road, most people that wear diving watches don’t dive. They may swim regularly and not want to take their watch off. They may dive occasionally, but as of date of this post, the deepest a scuba diver has gone below the surface is 332.35 meters. So, even for a professional scuba diver 1000 meters is massive overkill.

We can only take that comparison so far, but the point is there. A brand new Range Rover is, to many, SUV jewelry and/or a wonderfully luxurious big vehicle to drive. To some, it’s a luxury vehicle as well as the best vehicle they could choose to get to the places off the paved road that they need or want to go.

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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