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Range Rover Velar Image Credit: BBC TopGear India
Range Rover Velar Image Credit: BBC TopGear India

Range Rover Velar

WE SAY: A NICE CUT-PRICE VERSION COULD BE THE POPULAR CHOICE

Samarpan Bhowmik

91.24 lakh (ex-showroom)

We’ve spent a fair bit of time with the Velar here at TopGear India. We’ve gone on cross-country jaunts to inhospitable terrain and even managed to nearly drown the car at one of Mumbai’s neighbouring beaches. After all that, we weren’t really expecting any favourable calls from the JLR folks anytime soon. So imagine our surprise when they told us that they wanted us to drive another iteration of the beautiful Velar.

Turns out, the Velar with the 2.0-litre petrol (P250) in R-Dynamic SE guise was one we hadn’t driven before.

Given the thorough exposure we’d iven most other Velars which had come our way, we decided to go easy on this one. As is, except for the engine, there was little else that we hadn’t already sampled.

So, let’s get right down to it. The 2.0-litre P250 unit as JLR calls it, makes 247bhp and 365Nm in this variant and from the word go, seemed enough for even this generously built SUV. It’s refined and eager enough to hustle on as soon as you step on the accelerator. The eight-speed automatic transmission may not be lightning quick but is intuitive enough; and you’ve got paddles to overrule electronic shifting decisions. While the grunt is fair for something this size, if the claimed 6.7


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