The new Velar shares its fundamentals with the Jaguar F-Pace, putting a greater emphasis on sport rather than Land Rover's traditional off-road prowess. Three powertrains are offered, including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel, a supercharged 3.0-liter gas V6, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers ample power. Handling is taut and agile, but the ride is rather stiff. Dominating the dash in the quiet cabin is an infotainment system with two touch screens. But the bottom screen, which houses the climate and other controls, is mounted too low to easily use. Plus, the system requires too many extra steps to accomplish simple tasks. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is standard.
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