The Velar shares its fundamentals with the Jaguar F-Pace, putting a greater emphasis on sport rather than Land Rover's traditional off-road prowess.
With the 2021 freshening, available powertrains include two mild-hybrid 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinders and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
Even the four-cylinder delivers plenty of power.
Handling is taut and agile, but the ride is rather stiff.
Dominating the dash in the quiet cabin is Land Rover's latest infotainment system, with two touch screens.
But the bottom one, which houses the climate controls, is mounted too low to easily use.
And the system requires too many extra steps to accomplish simple tasks.
FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW are standard.