To say that the Velar is an SUV that instantly catches your eye would be an understatement. In the world of increasingly popular Coupe-SUVs, the Velar stands out as the only design that actually works and looks cohesive – unlike most other products on the market that look like an afterthought.
And with Range Rover’s new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system inside the cabin, the Velar offers a modern and tech-laden interior. Both on the inside and on the outside, in terms of design, it cuts a fine figure. In fact, I would go as far as to say that, in the current Land Rover/Range Rover range, the Velar’s is the best-looking design – even pipping its bigger brother, the flagship Range Rover.
In terms of performance, the latest variant is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 248bhp and 365Nm of torque, which powers the Velar from a standstill to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds. But don’t let its diminutive engine size fool you, with its fancy electronics and the inherent driving ability that most modern Land Rover products offer, the Velar is a hoot from behind the wheel.
Despite the considerable weight, it's actually quite sharp around the corners. The driving dynamics are impressive, the body control is good and the whole package seems very stable and well-controlled. The electronics definitely play a big part here, controlling the weight transfer, power delivery, and other aspects of the Velar to hide its bulk very effectively.
Additionally, the Velar also scored quite highly in terms of refinement – the engine is amazingly smooth and responsive – and, of course, it scores well in terms of X-Factor as well. It’s a modern, futuristic and sophisticated Range Rover after all. The only downside is the slightly cramped rear seat.
That being said, even in today’s crowded automotive market, it’s hard to find a vehicle as stylish as the Velar. So, if you’re in the market for a fun-to-drive and highly stylish SUV, the Velar deserves a second look.