Unlike a typical SUV, the Velar features a stylishly tapering roofline, conferring upon it a smart coupé silhouette. The Velar’s sporty profile is further enhanced by a gently rising beltline. The vehicle’s front fascia features abbreviated headlights which sleekly follow the course of the bonnet while flanking an eye-catching mesh grille. The Velar rides on lightweight and stylish 18-inch alloy wheels, which are fitted as standard. At the rear of this SUV, the Velar’s roof ends in a subtly contoured spoiler, beneath which is a slim windshield and, lower down, expansive chrome exhaust trims.
The vehicle comes in entry-level ‘Velar’, S, SE and HSE trim levels. The latter’s features include 21-inch five-split-spoke alloys, adding even more grace to the flanks. The same grade also comes with labour-saving fixtures such as a power gesture tailgate. Thanks to proximity sensors, this can be opened and closed in a number of ways, including the motioning of a foot under one of the vehicle’s rear corners.
The Velar comes with a triple-screen infotainment system, which includes a pair of ten-inch displays located at the apex of the centre console. A third screen is nestled behind the steering wheel. In addition, a five-inch display features analogue-style instrumentation, while a 12.3-inch screen provides essential driving data.
Two thumb-operated touchpads form a part of the vehicle’s steering wheel. These can easily be operated in order to control a range of infotainment features, without compromising control of the car.
The Velar features a number of USB inputs and 12-volt power point to keep everyone on board happy. Eight-way adjustable front seats are included as standard. With all seats in place, the Velar boasts a 632-litre boot space; with 40/20/40 split-folding seats down, a considerable 1,731-litre cargo capacity becomes available.
A total of six engines are available for the Velar, ranging from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel unit to a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine. The former delivers 176bhp and 0-60mph in approximately 8.6 seconds, and returns as much as 52.5mpg. The latter, meanwhile, produces 234bhp and 0-60mph in roughly 7.5 seconds and can tow up to 2,500kg – and still manage to return as much as 48.7mpg.