As you began to wonder if Land Rover had quite aced the Range Rover range, the company just improved the appeal even further with the addition of the Range Rover Velar. The vehicle, which to a lot of people, is the best-looking of the lot at the moment, sits above the Range Rover Evoque but below the Range Rover Sport. But in the way it looks (both on the inside and outside), the Range Rover Velar is in a class of its own.
The Velar carries the same family Range Rover look, but it’s distinct enough to not be mistaken for something else. The seamless profile is further made to look better with the use of flush handles. Choose the right set of alloys, and the Range Rover Velar has the potential to be the best-looking car in the segment — or even one above. The dual-tone look with a black treatment for the pillars and roof — essentially the upper half of the body — adds flavour to the Velar’s appearance.
The Velar’s interior closely follows the exterior styling, because while it’s familiar (for anyone who’s been in or owned a Range Rover or Range Rover Sport), it has its own identity as well. The dual-touchscreen infotainment system comes with a top screen that can be electrically tilted. The large panoramic sunroof makes the five-seat SUV seem more spacious. But even in reality, it’s good decent space both at the front and rear. The rear screens also get optional screens but with a great-looking dashboard and the sight of the happy blue sky a flick of a switch away, who would want to use those!
There are three engines to choose from on the Velar: a 2-litre diesel, a 3-litre V6 diesel, and a 2-litre petrol. The latter is available in two states of tune. The 2-litre diesel engine produces 177 bhp and 430 Nm. The more powerful 3-litre V6 makes 296 bhp and a whopping 700 Nm. The 2-litre petrol (P250) makes 247 bhp and 365 Nm, while in the more powerful P300 version, it makes 296 bhp and 400 Nm. All versions come with AWD system and AT gearbox.
The Range Rover Velar is available in two model lines: the Velar and the Velar R Dynamic. Each has the following trims: standard, S, SE and HSE. The prices start at Rs 82.9 lakh for the Range Rover Velar D180 (diesel), while the least expensive petrol, that is the Range Rover Velar P250, is priced at an identical Rs 82.9 lakh. The most expensive model is the Range Rover Velar D300 R-Dynamic HSE, at Rs 1.31 crore.
There’s the Jaguar F-Pace with which the Range Rover Velar shares its platform, priced at a little less. The Porsche Macan costs similar but isn’t the same size, whereas the Range Rover Sport is a little more expensive but is larger — and thus more spacious.
A great-looking car
Expensive at the top-spec