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2020 Range Rover Velar arrives with new PHEV powertrain

The Range Rover Velar SUV has been updated for 2020, with a refreshed powertrain line-up, including a new P400e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and upgraded technology. You can order the new Velar now, with prices starting at £46,110.

Range Rover Velar P400e plug-in hybrid

The new Velar P400e plug-in hybrid combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to produce a total power output of 398bhp and manages 0-62mph in only 5.4 seconds. It promises a pure-electric range of up to 33 miles, and fuel economy of up to 130mpg with CO2 emissions of only 49g/km. The latter figure will be of particular interest to company-car users, with the PHEV attracting a substantially lower BiK rate than the conventional petrol and diesel models.

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Recharging the 17.1kWh battery takes less than two hours using a 7kW home wallbox, or you can top it up to 80% in half an hour from a fast-charger. The introduction of the Velar P400e plug-in hybrid means every Range Rover model is now electrified.

New D200, D300 and P400 engines

The Velar’s petrol and diesel engine line-up has been tweaked too. Kicking off the range is the D200 four-cylinder diesel engine, which produces 201bhp, and is capable of up to 44.9mpg. Its CO2 output of 165g/km means it sneaks under the highest BiK band.

The D300 diesel and P400 petrol engines both have six cylinders, and produce 296 and 395bhp respectively. The D300 model reaches 62mph from standstill in 6.5 seconds and manages up to 37.2mpg, while the powerful petrol engine accelerates a second quicker but promises to be even thirstier. All three of these engines feature mild-hybrid assistance.

Interior and technology

The Range Rover Velar is the latest model to benefit from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Pivi and Pivi Pro infotainment systems. It consists of two screens mounted in the centre console - one for the media and navigation, and a lower screen for the climate control functions making it easier to use than the outgoing system. Bluetooth connectivity with two phones is available for the first time, and Spotify is newly integrated within the infotainment system too. Software updates are completed wirelessly over-the-air, so you don’t have to visit the dealership so often.

Another new feature is Active Road Noise Cancellation, which works to reduce the outside noise you hear inside the cabin. We’re told the system reduces the sound level by a minimum of four decibels, which should make the interior even more refined, and the system can even adjust the sound level based on the number of passengers. Meanwhile, a Cabin Air Filtration system reduces your exposure to pollen and dirty air, and there’s a second-generation wearable Activity Key available that means you don’t have to take the key out with you when exercising.

Range Rover Velar Edition

The range of MY21 updates includes a limited-run Edition spec. Based on the R-Dynamic SE trim, the Velar Edition offers a black contrast roof and 20-inch alloys in the same colour. Four colours can be chosen, including an exclusive bronze shade.

How does the Velar compare to the Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan? Read our reviews to find out.