We knew when we first saw it the Velar’s interior was something special. A generational step on, it is more advanced and has more tactile clout even than the Range Rover itself, a slightly awkward problem for Land Rover it won’t be too upset to have. It’s modern, interesting, wonderfully crafted, different and gorgeous. Materials quality is boutique-level luxurious. It’s a modern car interior of the highest order.
The two remaining units are V6s, with one diesel – the D300 – and one petrol, in P380 form. The diesel’s 516lb ft of torque helps it reach 60mph in 6.1sec, but the petrol is a touch quicker, at 5.3sec. Top speed for the D300 is 150mph and it’s 155mph for the P380, making them the fastest overall.
The 3.0-litre V6 diesel is a much better bet: with a 0-60mph time of 6.1 seconds it’s very nearly as quick, but feels much more effortless in the way it goes about its business thanks to a wealth of low-down and mid-range torque. It’s an old engine, but a good’un.
It doesn’t have a low-ratio transfer box, nor the decoupling anti-roll bars you can get on the Sport. So it’s not fully specced to Land Rover’s outermost off roader level. But by most standards it’s massively capable in the wilderness.