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All-new Range Rover named best 4x4 on the market

The all-new Range Rover may have only been on the road for a month, but it has already topped the 4x4 category of the Sunday Times' Driving Top 100 Cars list.

Judges from the motoring section of the publication believes that the fourth-generation Range Rover, which only hit UK roads on September 7th, has a raft of quality features to admire.

They commented: "Since its launch in 1970, [the Range Rover] has set the standard all others have tried - and usually failed - to reach.

"It is the only car in the world in which you would feel equally comfortable driving across the Sahara, going shooting or giving it to the doorman at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco."

The feat was made even more impressive by the fact that no journalist has been allowed to take the all-new Range Rover for a test drive yet.

However, a passenger ride with Mike Cross, the chief engineer of vehicle integrity at Land Rover, was enough to convince the judges to thrust the car to the top of the pile where 4x4s were concerned.

Dubbed the first "fully-capable" 4x4 diesel-hybrid on the UK's vehicle market, the fourth-generation Range Rover stands out for mixing a Jaguar Land Rover 3.0-litre TDV6 engine with electric motors. This in effect gives the vehicle the oomph of a TDV8 engine with the impressive economy features of a V6 diesel motor.

Eye-catching specifications include the fact that the all-new Range Rover can reach 60mph from rest in a blistering 5.1 seconds and being nine per cent more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model.

Technology is also coming out of the seams from the car, or so it would appear. A state-of-the art touchscreen entertainment system, which comes complete with voice control and a user friendly infotainment package, gives the vehicle's dashboard a futuristic twist.

Meanwhile, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Reverse Traffic Detection, a Surround Camera System and Active Park Assist all work in tandem to ensure drivers are kept safe and secure whenever they step behind the wheel of the all-new Range Rover.

First deliveries of the all-new Range Rover in the UK will begin in January 2013.


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