Come 2018 and the Range Rover Velar not only manages to look hotter than the Evoque but can dance in the puddles even better.
While the entire range is pretty well spread out, we got our hands on the P250, with modest specs, yet a very capable variant, built for cross-country drives and mud-plugging. Before we dive deep, let’s take a moment to appreciate its divine looks.
As you walk around the Velar, you will be awed by how attention to details pours out at all angles. The front looks understatedly menacing as the lines draw you sideways and eventually to the rear of the car. It is the most proportionately built SUV have set our eyes on till now. Clean lines, gorgeous rear, beautifully crafted LED headlamps, flush door handles, give the car a very power-packed look.
Step inside and the aggressive+classy detailing continues and if you love your tech, you will feel right at home. Everything inside is gorgeously appointed and that stunning Touch Pro Duo, twin-touchscreen system in the center console is a piece of HD art. Using this, you can control everything from the infotainment end of things.
The seats are superb when it comes to offering maximum comfort for anything over 4 hour long drives, thigh support is at its best.
All of the above would mean nothing if the car would fail to impress with its on and off-road skills. Impressing us was never an issue with the Velar. As you wind through the twisties or blast through the highways, there is always a level of confidence the Velar infuses into your senses. The design and aerodynamics, all of it come together to indulge you as the driver in a thoroughly engaging manner.
We did a rough 450 km round trip that encompassed gorgeous stretches of the National Highway, even prettier sections of the State Highway, battered roads, no roads, ghats, and proper off-roading, on a path leading to a dried river bed. First, let’s hit the open road.
Since this wasn’t the most powerful variant, we had an impending feeling that the drive won’t be thoroughly engaging, out on the 6-lane stretches of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. We were very wrong. While this is no Lamborghini Aventador, you can still have a lot of fun with the car. The new 2.0L Ingenium engine (250PS) is lively and always invites you to push harder. Power never feels lacking, regardless of the gear you are in. Talking of which, the 8-speed automatic gearbox is smoother than the finest scotch you can get your hands on. Which really helps when are out and about doing your driving thing.
That pretty much settles it, we absolutely love the new Velar, even with this modest spec. The stunning exterior and the superbly appointed interior only help things even further. If you have always yearned for an SUV that drives like a sedan and can go over rocks without flinching, then the Velar is your ticket to ride.