Steve Cropley from AutoCar wanted to drive the new Range Rover Velar at launch, but there were none available for testing and now he has finally gotten a chance to take a four-pot Velar D240 around the streets of UK.
His specific model was powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel unit. Delivering 237bhp, this variant can sprint from 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds before topping out at 135mph.
Unfortunately, the tester vehicle in HSE trim didn’t come with the steel springs he was hoping for, so the steel-versus-air suspension question shall remain unanswered. What the Velar did come with are air springs, which seemed more than capable of tackling paved roads. Sure, the Velar does have off-road capabilities and Land Rover proved as much at launch, but the HSE trim gets a set of 21-inch wheels as standard.
Inside the cabin, drivers will need to strain their ears in order to hear the 2.0-litre engine. Combined with strong mid-range performance, the Velar managed to deliver a refined engine in light of previous criticisms. What’s more, it has an impressive fuel economy rating of 49.7mpg, though accelerator input response could use a bit of improving as it could feel sedate between 30 and 70 mph.
Steve thinks there are some god and cheaper options out there, but “for SUV cool and style you’ll struggle to do better. Velar represents a big design step for Land Rover, and anyone can see it.”