Velar. It’s an odd name, isn’t it? But believe it or not, it isn’t the result of a few glasses of wine and a Scrabble bag; there is history to it.
History lesson over, 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 ever, even though it’s still incredibly capable on the rough stuff thanks to standard fit four-wheel drive and a raft of clever tech.
As for rivals, it’s up against the likes of the BMW X4, Mercedes GLC Coupe and Porsche Macan, although you could also have a seven-seat Audi Q7. High-spec models cost a similar amount to the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé and BMW X6, too.
Over the next few pages, we’ll take a look at how the Range Rover Velar drives, what it’s like inside and how costly it will be to own.