The Range Rover Velar: What the critics say
Like the first iPhone you ever laid eyes on, Land Rover’s newest SUV “exudes a sense of that-thing-you-didn’t-know-you-needed.” Smaller than the Range Rover Sport but considerably larger than the subcompact Evoque, this streamlined five-seater is the most aerodynamic SUV Land Rover has ever made. Though larger Range Rovers are more rugged, the Velar holds its own on rough terrain, combining stream-fording backwoods competence with polished road manners and “supermodel” looks.
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Inside the plush cabin, where the seats are wrapped in Windsor leather or an innovative wool-polyester blend, even the display screen on the dash is “an aesthetic wonderment.” The Velar, when cruising an open highway, delivers the “supple, relaxed” ride of a full-size Range Rover, yet offers on twisting rural roads “an appealing blend of ride comfort and sporty attitude.” The “only real letdown” in the top-line Velar S model is its supercharged V-6 engine, which “felt a bit coarse.”
Really? Jaguar uses the same 380-hp engine, and here it delivers “the same evenly spread oomph we’ve come to enjoy from the Jaguar F-Pace.” Like the F-Pace, the Velar is “suited more for boulevards than boulders.” Better yet, though, “it has enough off-road capability to make you feel like you can, even if you never will.” ■