Beauty has always been the eye of the beholder. And that’s no more true than with cars. One man’s 911 is another man’s Smart car. But there are official titles to be won, and the Range Rover Velar has just been named ‘the most beautiful car on the planet’ at the 2018 World Car Awards.

Range Rover Velar named World Car Design of the Year

Yes, awarded the ‘World Car Design of the Year’ at the New York International Auto Show this week, judges cited the Range Rover Velar’s traditional style and modern form as the characteristics which set it apart from the rest of the field.

The Velar, which went on sale in summer 2017, is the fourth Range Rover to be launched by Land Rover. Sharing its name with the company’s first SUV prototypes, the mid-size luxury SUV was designed to fill a gap between the smaller Evoque and the larger Sport. According to Range Rover, the Velar’s bodywork was sculptured following a design brief which focuses on an ‘unwavering belief in reductionism.’

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Judge Sam Livingstone commented; “The Velar delivers a new level of svelte sophistication for Range Rover: both outside and inside, the car eschews chunky forms and details whilst cleverly maintaining true Range Rover DNA.” He also complimented the Velar’s use of sustainable seat material as an alternative to leather.

Head over to the Range Rover Website where prices for the Velar starts at £45,145 and rise all the way up to £72,630 for the V6 R-Dynamic model. So what do we think – is the Velar the most beautiful car of the last year? Let us know in the comments below!

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In other auto-related news, we took the MINI Clubman to the Peak District to see if MINI’s more mature 5-door hatch has retained its sense of fun. Read our review here.

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