Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Velar Is Simply a Stellar Vehicle in Every Respect

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Velar Is Simply a Stellar Vehicle in Every Respect

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Byline: JOHN MURDOCH

THE Range Rover Velar is probably the most stylish luxury SUV on the market and it boasts impressive levels of comfort and refinement as well as ability. Don't let its good looks fool you into thinking it's a softy - the Velar is just as capable off-road as the Discovery.

The Velar is the most aerodynamic Land Rover ever made and its handsome lines make it a stand out on the road.

In fact it's just been voted the most beautifully designed car on the planet in the World Car of the Year Awards for 2018.

A sloping grille, rakish roof line and flush door handles combine with slim LED head and rear lights that wrap round the body to give the Velar its modern subtle look.

Inside things get even better. The interior is stunning and ultra-modern with a dash and instrument panel that is a work of art.

The traditional dash is intersected by a central section that runs from the centre console up to the all-new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with twin 10-inch touchscreens. The flush black panels burst into life when the car is switched on and the top unit tilts forward to make it easy to read.

The upper screen looks after navigation, telephone and audio, while the bottom one controls the heating and ventilation as well as the Terrain Response system. There is in-car WiFi and it is very easy to connect your smartphone. Driver and passengers can travel in luxury with the spacious cabin offering all the creature com- forts you would expect from a car of this class.

Prices for the Velar line-up start from PS44,830 and there are more than 30 to choose from, going all the way up to PS72,630 for the 3.0-litre petrol supercharged V6 in the top R-Dynamic HSE trim.

I have been driving the 2.0-litre twin turbo diesel model in HSE trim which costs 364,160.

The engine is mated to a slick eight-speed automatic gearbox and is good for 135mph and takes 6.8 seconds to reach 60mph. Not bad for a big car that weighs almost two tonnes.

Thanks to stop/start technology and its use of aluminium, the claimed combined fuel consumption figure is 48.7mpg with emissions of 154g/km.

It may be a large car, but the Velar is surprisingly nimble to drive and you can select various driving modes including dynamic, eco and comfort or personalise it to suit your own style. …

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