The Range Rover Velar is the brand's newest model, sitting between the Evoque, and larger Range Rover Sport. It comes from the same crew responsible for last year’s Jaguar F-Pace. What that means is a shared D7A platform, aluminium panels, the same 2874mm wheelbase as an F-Pace and a near-identical drivetrain line-up to its Jag cousin. Except that the Velar errs more towards luxury than sports.
- Concept-car in look and almost hand-crafted in cabin feel, the vaunted Velar raises the game for a Range Rover model in terms of luxury and personalisation.
- It’s a very pleasant drive, too, proving easy to place, keen to hug corners, and reasonably comfortable to ride in if the air suspension’s set-up screen reads ‘Comfort’.
- The model range is vast, but allows customers to spec cars more finely, making fulfilling personal preferences easier.
- There’s decent off-road ability here – certainly way more than the transverse-engined Evoque – though the Velar is no match for the big-daddy Range Rover when mountain climbing. But it does feature just about every trick in Land Rover’s off-roading goody bag, and should easily exceed almost every buyer’s expectation of it off road.
- Rear seats lack support compared to rivals, and are only really suitable for two adults.
- The dual touch-screen infotainment unit is slick, but can be a minor frustration to use at times.
- In Auto or Dynamic, the Velar rides much more firmly, though to the ultimate benefit of its overall agility.
- The steering in the Velar is quick and accurate, but lacks feel.