Land Rover Range Rover Velar 2017 front cornering

Range Rover Velar review

Manufacturer price from:£45,260
What Car? Target Price£42,821
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Velar. It’s an odd name, isn’t it? Believe it or not, though, it isn’t the result of a few glasses of wine and a Scrabble bag; there is history to it.

When Land Rover developed the original Range Rover back in the 1960s, the firm wanted to conceal its identity, so it derived Velar from the Latin word 'velare', meaning to hide.

History lesson over. So, what is the 21st century Range Rover Velar? Put simply, it’s a rakish five-door SUV that fills the huge £30,000 price gap between the entry-level Evoque and the cheapest Range Rover Sport. It’s also the most road-biased Range Rover yet but is still incredibly capable on the rough stuff, thanks to standard-fit four-wheel drive and a raft of clever mud-plugging tech.

Engines range from a tame 2.0-litre diesel with 178bhp, all the way up to a 5.0-litre V8 petrol that's supercharged to produce a mighty 542bhp. In between those bookends are more powerful 2.0-litre petrols and diesels and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel.

As for rivals, they are many and varied. It’s up against the stylish brigade – cars such as the BMW X4, Mercedes GLC Coupé and Porsche Macan – although you could also have a seven-seat Audi Q7 for similar money. Then there are the really high-spec models, which are in the price range of the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé and BMW X6.

Over the next few pages, we’ll take a look at how the Velar drives, what it’s like inside and how costly it will be to own. Or, if you've already been seduced by the Velar's sleek lines, head to our New Car Buying pages for big savings with a minimum of effort.

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