Distilling the Essence of Movement
Movement is a part of life. Sometimes movement is a physical experience, or it can evoke an emotional experience, like the feeling from a song, a heart-wrenching story, or a movie. Sometimes it’s both, like the feeling you get on a roller coaster, your best run on the Trinity Trail, or your first test-drive of the 2023 Range Rover Velar (my latest auto crush) from Autobahn Land Rover. Yes, driving the all-new Velar is a physical and emotional experience. The first time you unlock the vehicle and see the flush door handles automatically extend outward from the doors, you’ll be hooked. I certainly was!
This crossover SUV from Land Rover is saturated in elegance and beauty in every single detail. Thanks to my friends at Autobahn Land Rover in Fort Worth, I had the privilege of moving all around the city for the weekend in this gorgeous work of automotive engineering, catapulting into my top three drives of all time.
For over 70 years, Land Rover has built a reputation around creating the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world, whether driving through the heart of the city or traveling through the countryside on and off-road. Today’s Velar is certainly no exception. It was built to fill the space between the compact Evoque and Range Rover Sport. I found the size of the Velar to be perfect for a family of four, although it can comfortably seat five for jaunts around town. I would classify it as a “Range Rover, Jr.”. Just as good as its bigger brother in most every way, but smaller in all the right ways.
Standard features include perforated, grained leather upholstery, heated front seats, 19-inch wheels, a panoramic glass roof, 14-way power front seats, 12-speaker Meridian audio sound system, and twin 10.0-inch touchscreens that control the infotainment (including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and automatic climate control. The front seats are all-day comfortable, and the airy cabin provides an excellent view to whatever lies ahead on your journey. Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera system are standard across the line.
The Velar made me realize it’s possible to have a larger SUV that strikes the perfect balance between sporty responsiveness and that luxurious, plush feeling of floating over large bumps and potholes. The incredible sound dampening and sublime sound system mesh beautifully into an experience that is reminiscent of shooting around town in your own peaceful orb that soothes away the ridiculous and frenetic world we’re currently in. It’s that good.
Don’t believe me? Go drive one for yourself and see. Go see my incredibly knowledgeable and kind friends at Autobahn Fort Worth and tell them Jennifer sent you. If you’re in the market for a new ride in this class, you’ll be glad you made the first move!