Two 3.0-litre V6 engines sit at the top of the range. But if you want maximum performance then the supercharged petrol is the one for you. Shared with the Jaguar F-Type S, this has a substantial 375bhp – enough for a 0-60mph time of just 5.3sec.
Helped by the four-wheel drive it certainly launches quickly off the line, but as the speed increases the acceleration tails off compared with a Macan Turbo. Even so, it’s still quick for such a big, hefty SUV, as long as you don’t mind revving it hard.
If you prefer more effortless performance, we’d recommend the 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel. It may not be as outright fast as the petrol, but it pulls harder from low revs and can still manage 0-60mph in a hot-hatch-rivalling 6.1sec. For everyday use, it’s definitely the better fit for the Velar.
Joining the V6s are a pair of four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engines, with 178bhp or 237bhp. We’re yet to try the 237bhp version, but from our experience of it in the Land Rover Discovery it could be well worth considering thanks to a combination of performance and refinement.
Finally, there are 2.0-litre petrols with 247bhp or 296bhp. The lower-powered of these has a towing capacity of 2400kg, as does the 178bhp diesel, with this rising to 2500kg if you choose any of the other engines.