The Velar is bigger than the Evoque but smaller than the Sport. It lives on the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, but it looks longer, lower, less upright, and more ‘woah’ quite frankly.
It’s expensive, and it looks and feel expensive too. It’s luxurious and has more off-road capability than most rivals – and than the Jaguar.
Smooth, pared-back and slimmed-down style takes priority over absolute space or off-road ruggedness. The Velar’s silhouette is quite fast, marked by a rising belt, falling roof, pinched tail and a lot of screen rake. The surfaces are pure as snow. Especially around the nose, it’s naked of step-lines, the grille, lamps and bumper meticulously flush.
The cabin is even more of a revelation, for the way style and function meet in glass-cockpit system for displays and controls.
For 2021, there’s a new range of engines, including a plug-in hybrid P400e version with some 33 miles of claimed engine-off range. We’ve tested it alongside the D300 diesel, now a 48-volt mild-hybrid-assisted straight-six which saves 7kg versus the V6 it’s replacing.
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