New Range Rover Velar: Test Drive in the Alps
As winter creeps in and memories of summer recede into distant memory, our thoughts turn to the ski season with excited anticipation. Thousands of discerning holidaymakers swap city life for snow-covered mountains, taking to the pistes for an action-packed family holiday at Europe’s luxury ski resorts. For many, the journey to the mountains is a highlight. Winding, mountainous roads make for a spectacular journey, whether travelling through Switzerland, France or Italy. Released by Land Rover in the summer of 2017 and the perfect SUV rental for Courchevel, Chamonix, Gstaad, or any other luxury skiing destination, the new Range Rover Velar promises a thrilling adventure. It can be experienced in the Alps this winter – the best environment in which to enjoy the spectacular Vehicle.
Specifications and Technology
The new Range Rover Velar has been highly praised for its driver-centred design, which takes the experience at the wheel to a whole next level. Built on the framework of the award-winning Jaguar F-Pace, the Velar sits between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover sport when it comes to size.
We couldn’t be talking about its suitability for driving in the Alps if we didn’t mention the fully height-adjustable air suspension. This provides real driver comfort, even on difficult terrains, and means that the vehicle’s handling feels like that of a much more compact car. For an off-road model, it’s really been made to work for the road.
It is off-road, however, that the Range Rover Velar really excels. It’s fitted with Range Rovers’ exclusive Terrain Response 2 system, which means that it drives beautifully and comfortably on any surface. The driver simply selects one of the easily accessible driving modes – whichever best matches your surroundings – and you’re good to go. Coupled with the 4×4’s Dynamic Stability control, the vehicle is as sure-footed and responsive as one could hope.
The Velar’s V6 engine provides the power to reach 100km/h in a matter of five and a half short seconds, and the speed progression is smooth and exhilarating. Rest assured that the SUV will master the snowiest of conditions and the steepest of terrain on those potentially challenging alpine passes.
The performance of the Range Rover Velar is matched by its sleek, futuristic aesthetic – both inside and out. The design is clean, minimal and contemporary, giving it a state-of-the-art appearance which complements its innovative driving features. The soft angles and smoothness of the exterior offset its stately size so that it looks streamlined, rather than clumsy. The interior is remarkable, to say the least: cool, slightly experimental in design, and lavish in feel, thanks to the use of high-quality materials. Drivers invariably enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable ride.
This new Range Rover model does not differ too much from the models you’d be familiar with when it comes to practicality. It is spacious and adaptable. When it comes to alpine vacation breaks, it’s certainly got the boot capacity to handle a decent amount of luggage, even for a number of passengers, so you’re unlikely to face any obstacles on the sizing front. Overall, it’s certainly got the volume and the strength to be put through its paces in the Alps.