We recently had a chance to check out a Range Rover Velar. We will spend most of the article space on smartphone mounts for a Land Rover Velar but will also touch on mounting a Garmin GPS and a tablet.
Our typical photo of the interior of the vehicle is included and that’s a fine looking one on the Land Rover Velar. We previously analyzed the Land Rover Discovery, and figured this would be as easy to find some good mounts. Wrong.
Unlike, the Discovery, the Range Rover Velar has a lot of unexpected curves and recesses. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the oddly styled Nissan Murano. This isn’t going to be as easy as initially thought.
To no surprise, the windshield is a good location for a smartphone or GPS on Range Rover Velar.
Consider the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount for SmartPhones. This mount features an extendable base combined with an expandable cradle. Unlike most windshield suction mounts, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 has a two-inch extension feature. This extension is a useful feature on the Land Rover Velar. The included cradle expands to 3.2 inches by pressing the buttons on each side. This is large enough to hold most phones, with or without a case or skin.
The Range Rover Velar has a very wide dash towards the middle passenger side and makes a good choice for mounting a phone or GPS.
Turning the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 just discussed into a dash mount is easy. Add the The iOttie Reusable Dashboard Pad for use on the dash. It’s a temporary non adhesive accessory which works in conjunction with the suction cup mount. The bottom has a sticky surface and the top is smooth like your windshield. Be sure to clean the dash area before application to free it of dust or oil. Now stick the suction cup from the mount to the smooth surface on this dash disk. When it’s time to remove the dash pad, simply lift the tab and remove. Wash the bottom with warm soapy water and let it dry. This recharges the sticky surface.
For those in love with their traditional Garmin GPS, the Arkon Replacement Suction Cup Mount for Garmin GPS Devices is a reliable choice. There are adjustment points on the base and tip. This mount has the 17mm ball which matches up to the back of most Garmin automotive GPS cradles. Arkon provides a 2-year warranty on this mount.
The Range Rover Velar air vent is not going to work well as a mounting point. The center air vents are very narrow somewhat recessed and have a large lip just beneath them. This makes an air vent mount useless. Anything mounted to the vent won’t fit as that lower lip will get in the way. Avoid vent mounts for this vehicle.
The cup holder will work well as a phone or GPS mount location, but only the one closest to the passenger. Land Rover chose to put a 12v outlet within the space the driver’s side cup holder would normally be. This location is not recommended for devices running applications like a GPS app where you need to refer to it while driving. Since it’s out of the field of view, this is better for use where the driver doesn’t need to see it while driving. Use this location for small to midsize tablets, no larger than an Apple iPad Mini.
On the Range Rover Velar, consider the iKross Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones. These mounts serve a dual purpose in that a cradle for a phone and a tablet are included. The mount is adjustable and solidly made to easily handle the weight of your tablet. You will see a lot of mounts on the market for tablets or cell phones. This is the only car mount kit known of that offers two different cradles, one for the phone, the other for the tablet. You will not find a universal cradle that fits phones and large tablets. The tablet cradle will hold devices from 7 to 10.2 inches.
If looking to entertain the back seat passengers with a tablet or smartphone, consider a headrest mount. We covered a variety of head rest mounts in our article entitled Car Headrest Mounts for Tablets, Phones or Cameras.
Like most Land Rover vehicles, the Range Rover Velar does not have a CD player so that location is out of the equation.
So in summary, finding mounts that work well within a Range Rover Velar isn’t an easy task. A windshield or dash mount will work best for a phone or GPS. A cup holder mount will work well for a small tablet. A vent or CD player mount will not work.