Land Rover Land Rover Range Rover Velar Estate 2.0 D200 5dr Auto

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Cruise control + speed limiter Standard (ex. VAT)
Adaptive cruise control Standard (ex. VAT)
Blind spot assist Standard (ex. VAT)
Front and rear parking aid Standard (ex. VAT)
Rear traffic monitor Standard (ex. VAT)
Manual tailgate/boot lid Standard (ex. VAT)
Rear collision monitor Standard (ex. VAT)
Analogue dials with central TFT display Standard (ex. VAT)
Homelink (programmable garage door opener) £175.00 (ex. VAT)
Click and go integrated base unit £183.33 (ex. VAT)
Park Assist - Parallel Park/Parking Exit/Perpendicular park £208.33 (ex. VAT)
Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter £212.50 (ex. VAT)
Secure tracker £283.33 (ex. VAT)
Powered tailgate/boot lid £341.67 (ex. VAT)
Wifi enabled with data plan £366.67 (ex. VAT)
Secure tracker pro £433.33 (ex. VAT)
Powered gesture tailgate/boot lid £437.50 (ex. VAT)
Interactive Driver display instrument cluster £441.67 (ex. VAT)
Pivi pro connected includes upgraded infotainment, smart settings, connected navigation pro, Nuance speech licence £708.33 (ex. VAT)
Head up Display £791.67 (ex. VAT)
Pivi Infotainment System Standard (ex. VAT)
Sound system with 180W and 8 speaker Standard (ex. VAT)
Meridian sound system with 400W and 13 speakers £270.83 (ex. VAT)
Meridian 3D sound system with 750W and 19 speaker £875.00 (ex. VAT)
Meridian signature sound system with 1600W and 23 speakers icluding subwoofer £2537.50 (ex. VAT)
Black roof rails Standard (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Body coloured roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Silver roof rails Standard (ex. VAT)
LED Headlights Standard (ex. VAT)
Standard roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Metal front tread plates Standard (ex. VAT)
No roof rails Standard (ex. VAT)
Body coloured door mirror caps Standard (ex. VAT)
Fixed rear recovery eye £129.17 (ex. VAT)
Auto high beam assist £133.33 (ex. VAT)
Front fog lights £150.00 (ex. VAT)
Solar attenuating windscreen £175.00 (ex. VAT)
Headlamp power wash £175.00 (ex. VAT)
Illuminated front and rear metal tread plates £200.00 (ex. VAT)
Advanced tow assist £304.17 (ex. VAT)
Privacy glass £350.00 (ex. VAT)
Narvik black contrast roof and door mirror caps £583.33 (ex. VAT)
Detachable towbar £595.83 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £633.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium LED Headlights with signature DRL, auto high beam assist and headlamp powerwash and animated directional indicators £658.33 (ex. VAT)
Electrically deployable towbar £862.50 (ex. VAT)
Panoramic fixed sunroof with auto blind function £1125.00 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic paint £1233.33 (ex. VAT)
Sliding panoramic sunroof with auto blind function £1375.00 (ex. VAT)
Matrix LED headlight with signature DRL, matrix advanced driving beam, animated indicator, adaptive static cornering light, headlamp powerwash £1604.17 (ex. VAT)
Matrix Laser LED headlights with signature DRL, matrix advanced beam, animated indicator, adaptive static cornering light, powerwash, laser high beam £2966.67 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss paint finish £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO Special effect paint in gloss finish £5200.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic satin finish paint £5950.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO special effect satin finish paint £7325.00 (ex. VAT)
Carpet mats Standard (ex. VAT)
Leather steering wheel Standard (ex. VAT)
Lockable glovebox Standard (ex. VAT)
Air quality sensor Standard (ex. VAT)
Manually adjustable steering column Standard (ex. VAT)
Light oyster morzine headlining Standard (ex. VAT)
Luxtec/Suede cloth upholstery Standard (ex. VAT)
8 way manual adjustable heated front seats Standard (ex. VAT)
Two zone climate control Standard (ex. VAT)
Cabin lighting Standard (ex. VAT)
Perforated leather steering wheel £45.83 (ex. VAT)
Lockable cooled glovebox £87.50 (ex. VAT)
Premium carpet mats £87.50 (ex. VAT)
Loadspace partition net £87.50 (ex. VAT)
Rear seat remote release levers £87.50 (ex. VAT)
Full leather steering wheel £91.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated full leather steering wheel £91.67 (ex. VAT)
Cabin air ionisation with PM2.5 filter £116.67 (ex. VAT)
Premium cabin lighting £175.00 (ex. VAT)
Heated steering wheel £191.67 (ex. VAT)
Ebony morzine headlining £220.83 (ex. VAT)
Bright metal pedals £220.83 (ex. VAT)
8 way heated front seats with heated rear seats £254.17 (ex. VAT)
Electric adjustable steering column £262.50 (ex. VAT)
Suede cloth steering wheel £525.00 (ex. VAT)
Four zone climate control £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather upholstery £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather/Suede cloth upholstery £616.67 (ex. VAT)
14 way electric adj heated front seats with lumbar support and rear centre armrest with two cupholders £629.17 (ex. VAT)
Light oyster suede cloth headlining £775.00 (ex. VAT)
Ebony suede cloth headlining £775.00 (ex. VAT)
Cabin pre conditioning with remote £879.17 (ex. VAT)
14 way electric adj heated front seats with lumbar support + driver memory and rear centre armrest with two cup holders £970.83 (ex. VAT)
14 way electric adj heated front seats with lumbar support, rear power recline & driver memory and rear centre armrest with two cupholders £1141.67 (ex. VAT)
14 way electric adj heated front and rear seats with lumbar support + driver memory and rear centre armrest with two cup holders £1225.00 (ex. VAT)
14 way electric adj heated + cooled front seats with lumbar support + driver memory and rear centre armrest with two cupholders £1395.83 (ex. VAT)
14 way electric adj heated front and rear seats with lumbar support, rear power recline & driver memory and rear centre armrest with two cupholders £1395.83 (ex. VAT)
Perforated Windsor leather upholstery £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Premium Textile/Suede cloth upholstery £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
14 way electric adj heated + cooled front seats with driver memory, lumbar support, rear centre armrest with two cupholders, rear power recline £1566.67 (ex. VAT)
14 way electric adj heated + cooled front seats, heated rear seats with lumbar support + driver memory and rear centre armrest with two cupholders £1650.00 (ex. VAT)
14 way electric adj heated seats, cooled front seats with driver memory, lumbar support, rear centre armrest with two cupholders, rear power recline £1820.83 (ex. VAT)
20 way electric adjustable heated and cooled front seats with massage/memory, power recline rear seats and rear centre armrest with cupholders £3095.83 (ex. VAT)
20 way electric adjustable heated and cooled front seats with massage/memory, heated/power recline rear seats and rear centre armrest with cupholders £3350.00 (ex. VAT)
Power socket pack 1 - Velar Standard (ex. VAT)
Smokers pack £25.00 (ex. VAT)
Online pack with data plan - Velar £116.67 (ex. VAT)
Power socket pack 2 - Velar £133.33 (ex. VAT)
Power socket pack 3 - Velar £175.00 (ex. VAT)
Blind spot assist pack - Velar £425.00 (ex. VAT)
Black exterior pack - Velar £454.17 (ex. VAT)
Hot Climate pack - Velar £520.83 (ex. VAT)
Premium exterior pack - Velar £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Convenience pack - Velar S £733.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium Textile pack with heated steering wheel - Velar £787.50 (ex. VAT)
Business pack - Velar £983.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium black exterior pack - Velar £1187.50 (ex. VAT)
Premium Upgrade Interior pack - Velar S/SE/HSE £1262.50 (ex. VAT)
Driver Assist pack with rear collision monitor - Velar £1304.17 (ex. VAT)
Dynamic Handling Pack - Velar £1462.50 (ex. VAT)
Technology pack with headlamp power wash - Velar £3183.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Fuji white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Portofino blue £633.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Santorini black £633.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Firenze red £633.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Eiger grey £633.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Yulong white £633.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Byron Blue £633.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Hakuba silver £633.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic - Carpathian grey £1233.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic - Silicon silver £1233.33 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Ligurian Black £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Flux grey £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Ethereal silver £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Ionian silver £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Amethyst grey purple £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Petrolix blue £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Sunset gold £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Tourmaline brown £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Constellation £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Sanguinello orange £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Velocity Blue £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Sorrento yellow £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Atacama orange £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic gloss - Desire red £3825.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO special effect gloss - Icy white £5200.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic satin - Ligurian Black £5950.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic satin - Flux grey £5950.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic satin - Ethereal silver £5950.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic satin - Ionian silver £5950.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic satin - Sunset gold £5950.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic satin - Tourmaline brown £5950.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic satin - Velocity Blue £5950.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO ultra metallic satin - Sorrento yellow £5950.00 (ex. VAT)
SVO special effect satin - Icy white £7325.00 (ex. VAT)
Activity key £262.50 (ex. VAT)
Coil suspension system Standard (ex. VAT)
Passive suspension Standard (ex. VAT)
Terrain Response with dynamic program Standard (ex. VAT)
Terrain Response 2 with dynamic program £87.50 (ex. VAT)
All terrain progress control £154.17 (ex. VAT)
Configurable dynamics £195.83 (ex. VAT)
Adaptive dynamics £679.17 (ex. VAT)
Electronic air suspension £970.83 (ex. VAT)
Standard IP end caps Standard (ex. VAT)
Cosmic grey trim finisher Standard (ex. VAT)
Luxtec/suede cloth - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining Standard (ex. VAT)
Luxtec/suede cloth - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headling Standard (ex. VAT)
Chrome IP end caps £41.67 (ex. VAT)
Shadow aluminium trim finisher £87.50 (ex. VAT)
Satin blonde linear veneer £154.17 (ex. VAT)
Satin umber linear veneer £154.17 (ex. VAT)
Satin charcoal ash veneer £154.17 (ex. VAT)
Grand black veneer £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Argento pinstripe veneer £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Extended leather upgrade £533.33 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather - Acorn, Ebony/Acorn colour way, Ebony headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather - Acorn, Ebony/Acorn colour way, Light oyster headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ebony headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Light Oyster headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather - Light oyster, Ebony/Light oyster colour way, Ebony headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather - Light oyster, Ebony/Light oyster colour way, Light oyster headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather/suede cloth - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather/suede cloth - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather/suede cloth - Eclipse/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather/suede cloth - Eclipse/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather/suede cloth - Light oyster/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Perforated grained leather/suede cloth - Light oyster/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining £616.67 (ex. VAT)
Copper weave carbon fibre trim finisher £1033.33 (ex. VAT)
Full extended leather upgrade £1316.67 (ex. VAT)
Premium textile/Suede cloth - Dapple grey/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Premium textile/Suede cloth - Dapple grey/Light Oyster, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Acorn, Ebony/Acorn colour way, Ebony headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Acorn, Ebony/Acorn colour way, Light oyster headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated Windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated Windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Eclipse/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Eclipse/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Light Oyster, Ebony/Light oyster colour way, Ebony headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Light Oyster, Ebony/Light oyster colour way, Light oyster headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Light oyster/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Light oyster/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Vintage Tan/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Perforated windsor leather - Vintage Tan/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Premium textile/Suede cloth - Dapple grey/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
Premium textile/Suede cloth - Dapple grey/Light Oyster, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining £1537.50 (ex. VAT)
All season tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
Summer tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
18" 10 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - style 1021 Standard (ex. VAT)
Reduced section steel spare wheel Standard (ex. VAT)
19" 5 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5108 Standard (ex. VAT)
Reduced section alloy spare wheel £133.33 (ex. VAT)
19" full size alloy spare wheel £425.00 (ex. VAT)
19" 5 Spoke alloy wheels with satin dark grey finish - Style 5108 £458.33 (ex. VAT)
20" full size alloy spare wheel £508.33 (ex. VAT)
21" full size alloy spare wheel £595.83 (ex. VAT)
22" full size alloy spare wheel £679.17 (ex. VAT)
20" 7 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 7014 £700.00 (ex. VAT)
20" 10 spoke alloy wheels with satin dark grey finish - Style 1032 £1158.33 (ex. VAT)
20" 7 spoke alloy wheels with gloss black finish - Style 7014 £1158.33 (ex. VAT)
21" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5047 £1400.00 (ex. VAT)
21" 5 spoke satin dark grey alloy wheels - Style 5109 £1858.33 (ex. VAT)
22" 9 Split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 9007 £2100.00 (ex. VAT)
21" 5 spoke gloss dark grey with diamond turned alloy wheels - Style 5109 £2100.00 (ex. VAT)
22" 7 Split spoke alloy wheels with gloss black finish - Style 7015 £2558.33 (ex. VAT)
22" 9 Split spoke satin light silver with contrast diamond turned alloy wheels - Style 9007 £2800.00 (ex. VAT)
Trip computer
Voice control system
Brake pad wear indicator warning light
Service indicator
Lane keep assist
Wade Sensing
InControl remote
Android Auto
Driver condition monitor
10" touch screen
Apple car play
Bluetooth connectivity
Speed proportional electronic power assisted steering (EPAS)
Push button start
3D Surround camera includes, clear sight ground view, 360 parking aid and wade sensing
Steering wheel mounted controls
Digital Audio Broadcast radio-DAB
Rear wash/wipe
Automatic headlights
Automatic headlamp levelling
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Body coloured bumpers
Heated rear window with timer
Follow me home headlights
Boot protection plate
Trailer stability assist
Heated windscreen + heated windscreen washer jets
Metal load space scuff plates
Rear fog lights
Flush deployable exterior door handles
Tailgate/boot lid spoiler
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
Acoustic laminated windscreen
Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti trap
No badge - Removes both derivative and engine badge
Electric heated/power fold door mirrors with approach lights and auto dimming driver side
Loadspace cover
Isofix system on outer rear seats
Rear air vents
Twin front cupholders
Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Ambient lighting
40:20:40 split folding rear seats
Satin chrome gearshift paddles
Overhead lighting console
Rear centre headrest
Passive front headrests
Overhead stowage for sunglasses
Twin sliding front centre armrest
Standard interior
Driver airbag
Electronic traction control
Electronic brake force distribution
Side airbags
Passenger airbag
Cornering brake control
Hill descent control
DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
Emergency brake assist
Door side intrusion beams
Curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Electronic parking brake
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Rear airbags
Roll stability control
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Low traction launch
Hill launch assist
Customer configurable autolock
Unpainted brake calipers
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Emergency braking
Power operated child locks
355mm front brakes and 325mm rear brakes
Immobiliser
Locking wheel nuts
Remote central locking
Keyless entry
Perimetric alarm
Intrusion sensor
Global lock and unlock switch on driver door
Lock only switch on front passenger door
Single speed transfer box
8 speed automatic transmission
Open differential with torque vectoring by braking
CO2 169
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1997
Compression Ratio 2147
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 662
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 43.90
Urban 43.90
Extra Urban 40.60
Badge Engine CC 1997
Badge Power 204.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 7.94
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 8.20
Engine BHP 204.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1928
Engine Torque 430.00
Top Speed 130
Front Tyres 0
Rear Tyres 0
Spare Tyre SPACE SAVER
Height 1683
Length 4797
Wheel Base 2874
Width 1930
Fuel Tank Size 60.00
Weight 2590
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1928
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The Velar is arguably the most sporting Range Rover yet made - and very much the Solihull brand's interpretation of what a really premium mid-sized luxury SUV should be. If you're looking at something like an upper-spec Mercedes GLC Coupe or BMW X4 but want a car in this class with a bit more substance - something better, something.. Different, you're exactly the kind of person this Range Rover Velar is aimed at. And in this revised form, it's an even more complete package.

Background

The very first luxury SUV was a Range Rover, a pioneering 4x4 first launched back in 1970. Prior to that car's original introduction, a fleet of 26 pre-production models were used by development engineers and these ran under the 'Velar' name, Land Rover keen to hide the revolutionary vehicle's real identity, the word derived from the Latin 'velaris', meaning to veil or cover. Almost half a century later in 2017, the Velar name returned to the Range Rover line-up, used to badged the brand's fourth model, a mid-sized contender that aimed to plug the previous gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. The Solihull brand knows that premium German rivals have set a high standard in this market segment, so spared no effort in building in advanced technology, compelling design and absolute attention to detail. But time moves on - and fortunately, the Velar has moved on with it. With this revised model, let's see just how far.

Driving Experience

The Velar is built on the same IQ platform that underpins the extraordinarily successful Jaguar F-PACE. On top of that sits a light, stiff, aluminium-intensive body and this, together with double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension, should provide the perfect basis for the agile handling, excellent ride comfort and impressive refinement this car needs in its quest to take on tough segment rivals like Porsche's Macan and BMW's X6. As before, smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD with so-called 'Intelligent Driveline Dynamics' are both mandatory across the range. Refinement's been improved by the introduction of a new Active Road Noise Cancellation system. Under the bonnet, there's been quite a bit of change with this revised model. Familiar from the original model is the base P250 petrol unit (249hp), while at the foot of the diesel range now lies the D200 (204hp). Beyond that, the straight-six cylinder options feature the brand's latest mild hybrid 48V technology, the choice being between the P400 petrol (400hp) and the D300 diesel (300hp). This Velar is also now offered with the brand's plug-in hybrid powertrain, the new P400e variant offering a 300hp four cylinder petrol engine mated to a 105kW electric motor powered by a 17.1kWh lithium-ion battery. The resultant package puts out 404hp and 640Nm of torque, making 62mph possible from rest in just 5.1s. Plus there's a 33 mile driving range when fully charged. It's clear from the Velar's market positioning that it'll be used off road even less than other Range Rover models, but it still offers class-leading ground clearance of up to 251mm (213mm with coil springs), class-leading wading depth of up to 650mm (600mm with coil springs) and Land Rover's unmatched suite of traction technologies including optional 'Terrain Response 2' and 'All Terrain Progress Control' systems.

Design and Build

There aren't any significant visual changes for this revised model. There didn't really need to be. The Velar remains instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, the floating roof and clamshell bonnet providing clear references to its lineage and visually reinforcing the class-leading all-terrain capability for which all the brand's models are renowned. The large wheels - up to 22-inches in diameter - help to define the smart silhouette, while the short front overhang and super-slim full-LED headlights play their part in minimising visual weight. Hi-tech Matrix-Laser LED headlights are optional. A long 2,874mm wheelbase enhances the car's visual length and this contributes to the creation of a much more spacious cabin than can be offered by this model's cheaper, smaller Evoque stablemate. There's a much bigger 632-litre boot too and the versatility of a 40:20:40 split-folding rear bench. Inside, there has been a crucial change, the adoption of Land Rover/Jaguar's latest 'Pivi' infotainment technology for the two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens that dominate the centre stack. This set-up features crisper graphics and the potential for 'over-the-air' updates. An embedded data connection means customers will have access to the latest maps, apps and vehicle software modules. Otherwise, apart from a re-styled steering wheel, things are much as before. Mirroring the taut, uncluttered exterior design, the Velar's precision-crafted interior matches the high standards set by premium German SUV rivals. You sit in what the brand calls a 'Sports-Command' position on front seats that balance performance-oriented design and support with opulent comfort, and offer up to 20-way adjustment and heating, cooling and massage functions. As before, the rotary transmission controller rises silently from the centre console on start-up. In front of the driver, most models get a 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display.

Market and Model

As before, the Velar is aimed at the upper end of the mid-sized luxury SUV market. In other words, it targets the £50,000 price bracket where upper-spec versions of cars like BMW's X4 and Mercedes' GLC Coupe attempt to do battle with desirable sporting contenders like Porsche's Macan and BMW's X6. Velar prices start at around £46,000 and range up to just over £70,000. Trim-wise, the model range includes standard, 'S', 'SE' and 'HSE' variants, with extra 'R-Dynamic' versions available of each. 'R-Dynamic'-spec includes a sportier look, with unique 19-inch Satin Dark Grey wheels, a bespoke bumper design plus some discreet interior upgrades. Certain engines are also offered with an extra 'Velar Edition' trim package. A key showroom selling point will be the new 'Pivi' centre-dash infotainment system, offered in standard and 'Pivi Pro' forms. Its 'Micro SIM 4G' connectivity enables a host of features, functions and location-based services that should make every journey easier, more enjoyable and more relaxing. For example, there's an online search system that helps you find difficult destinations, and the system can also tell you if you have enough fuel to complete the journey you're on. There's also a new Cabin Air Filtration system. And a second-generation version of the brand's wearable Activity Key, which can totally replace the traditional key fob when necessary. The water-resistant and shock-proof wrist device now incorporates an LCD watch and allows customers to start, stop, lock and unlock the vehicle, with no need to take a traditional key fob out with them.

Cost of Ownership

The brand's latest MHEV mild hybrid tech gets efficiency readings back on track for most powerful Velars, but it doesn't feature at the bottom of the range. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The base D200 diesel variant manages 43.9mpg on the combined cycle and 169g/km of CO2. For the base P250 petrol model, the readings are 29.2mpg and 218g/km. As for the six cylinder MHEV mild hybrid variants, well the D300 diesel manages 36.8mpg and 201g/km, while the P400 petrol returns 27.7mpg and 230g/km. The MHEV system uses a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost under deceleration, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear loadspace. It is able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine when accelerating away, while also delivering a more refined and responsive stop/start system. If you want to go further, you'll want the Plug-in hybrid P400e petrol PHEV, which manages 121.1mpg on the combined cycle and 52g/km of CO2. This PHEV version's 17.1Wh lithium-ion battery, located under the boot floor, can be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes using a fast DC charge point, or 1 hour 40 minutes using a standard 7kW wallbox. With zero tailpipe emissions in electric mode, it offers an all-electric range of 33 miles. Helping these figures across the range is this Velar's 'Lightweight Aluminium Architecture'-inspired body. And the efficient eight-speed ZF automatic transmission which features what the brand calls 'an integral pendulum damper'. This device dramatically reduces the booming and vibration typically experienced when running in high gears at low engine speeds, and therefore contributes to Velar's relatively efficient fuel consumption.

Summary

Until Land Rover launched the Velar, few would have thought there was a need for this SUV in the Solihull company's range. Yet now, it's hard to imagine the line-up without it. Sure it's expensive, but the fact that this car has much more in common with a Range Rover Sport than an Evoque makes that easier to accept. In fact, we'd go further and say that the Velar has quite a few of the hallmarks of the top fully-fledged Range Rover model - in feel, in style and in refinement. In some ways, it's a version of that car redefined for the 21st century with efficiency, manageable size and road dynamics in mind. Those well-heeled buyers who think of the Velar in that way might not mind what they pay for one. This model's original designer Gerry McGovern reckoned at launch that this car brought 'a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand' and if you agree that to be true, you'll probably also think, as we do, that this car does the same thing as part of its chosen take on the premium SUV segment. Especially in this usefully revised form. If in the past, you've usually driven a premium German executive saloon but always liked the idea of a Range Rover, then this is your car. And if that's the case, a whole new ownership dimension awaits.