Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The fastest Range Rover Velar is the P400e plug-in hybrid. When electric and petrol power work together, it's capable of a punchy 0-60mph time of just 5.1sec. Performance is rather more sedate in electric mode, although it’ll get you up to motorway speeds if you’re patient enough, and run for up to 33 miles (more like 25 in the real world) on a single charge. The engine can take a moment or two to wake up if you put your foot down while running on volts alone.
If you want effortless performance without having to worry about charging up, consider the 296bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel (D300), which can officially manage 0-60mph in 6.1sec. Our favourite engine, though, is the cheaper D200 four-cylinder diesel, which is slower than the D300 but still strong enough for fuss-free long journeys.
If you want the cushiest ride, you should go for the air suspension. It’s optional on every model except the P400e (which has it as standard) and allows you to adapt the Velar to suit your mood or the terrain. In Comfort mode, the ride is more cosseting overall and makes big wheels easier to bear. There’s a wafty high-speed ride that deals with crests and compressions in a gentle manner, but there’s enough body control to stop it bouncing or wallowing.
P400e models in Comfort mode suffer from excessive body movements over undulations at motorway speeds. It’s far better to stick the car in Dynamic mode (or select its firmer dynamic suspension setting if you opt for Configurable Dynamics) to make things feel less 'all at sea'.