Range Rover Velar (2017) review

Named after a 1969 prototype, the new Range Rover Velar is anything but retro: beautifully proportioned with taut surfaces and ultra-modern detailing, it’s a Range Rover for the 21st Century.
The Velar was unveiled at the Geneva motor show back in March, and is aimed at the small gap between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport.
Based on the same chassis as the Jaguar F Pace, it’s physically in the middle (look at the wheelbases, for example: Evoque 2660mm, Velar 2874mm, Sport 2923mm); and it’s similarly pitched in the middle in terms of pricing – forget the listed base price, no-one ever orders a base-spec Range Rover on steel wheels.
With the average Evoque costing around R800k and the average Sport around R1.1m, the Velar starts at R780 000  and tops out at R1,4m (for the specced-up-to-the-eyeballs limited ‘First Edition’). So the Velar makes sense on Land Rover’s market segmentation spreadsheet (yawn) – but is it any good on the road? (Prices quoted are UK based conversion)

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