Describing the Range Rover Velar isn’t the work for regular adjectives … pretty, beautiful, or even stunning have no place here, for the Velar is better than that, it’s a masterpiece. If Michelangelo had created it, he’d have never picked up another brush.
Of course you’d expect us to tell you that, that’s part of the reason why we’re here, but thankfully, we’re not alone in thinking that.
The 2018 Range Rover Velar had already scooped the prestigious World Car Design of the Year award, which in itself speaks volumes for the styling of this luxurious SUV, but when the News UK’s team of motoring experts shortlisted it for the SUV of the Year award, the great British public voted overwhelmingly for the Velar.
Yes, it comes from the Land Rover stable, so it does have a certain look about it, but it’s a clean sheet design, one that clearly takes styling cues from the family, but still retains its own style. And what a style.
But the SUV of the Year isn’t just about great style
(although some independent magazines have mistakenly called the Velar “The Most
Beautiful SUV of the Year”), but it concerns the whole package, from exhaust
tips to touchscreens, performance to dynamic ride, everything that is quintessentially
The Velar sits between the Range Rover Sport and the entry level Evoque, and it’s the most road-biased Range Rover to date, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it can’t handle the rough stuff; clever technology, mixed with some Land Rover engineering know-how means that it’s more than capable when the going gets a little rough. Scratch that, a lot rough.
And with a choice of six powerplants that range from a usable 178 horsepower right up to the tyre-shredding 375 horsepower supercharged V6, it will fit with your lifestyle requirements and needs, whether that’s powering through the countryside or towing a horsebox (with a 2,500Kg towing capacity).
Land Rover are really trying to cover all bases with their line-up, and of course that means trying to gain the lion’s share of the market, so despite being at the lower end of the pricing strategy, fitted equipment is good, even the base model has:
But … let’s be honest with you here, a great standard list of equipment does come at the price of interior trim fabrics – don’t expect full leather as standard.
As you’d expect from any vehicle wearing the Range Rover badge, the ride is as near to perfect as you’d expect. That’s thanks (in part) to the other stablemate – Jaguar.
The Velar shares the same platform design as the Jaguar F-Type, which is built on the ‘Lightweight Aluminium Architecture’ platform, developed for the newer Jaguar Land Rover models; it gives increased structural stiffness without being overweight, although here again, honesty prevails – ‘lightweight’ and Range Rover are no bedfellows.
The key benefits of the aluminium architecture are numerous – aluminium is approximately 1/3 the weight of steel, which of course helps to save weight (every 100kg saved helps to reduce CO2 emissions by around 9g/km), but by-products of that are increased ride quality, better road holding and a boost to fuel economy – it really is a win-win.
As you’d expect from a brand that delivers lifestyle alongside engineering, thought has been put into what the consumers of Range Rover products might need – this isn’t just about flashing bells and whistles, but products that other manufacturers will be sure to copy, once they’ve figured them out.
Our favourite has to be the Activity Key – looking like a simple fitness tracker that you’d wear on your wrist, it actually allows you to go fully keyless when out and about; simply park up, leave the key (safe and secure) in the vehicle and lock or unlock the vehicle with a simple touch of the key on the rear bodywork. Dare we say … Genius.
If you’d like to find out for yourself why the Range Rover Velar has been voted as the SUV of the Year, contact one of friendly professionals to arrange an appointment. (We can’t promise to have an Activity Key on hand, but we sure can make great coffee to distract you!).