Our cars: Range Rover - April

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  • Range Rover has proved perfect holiday transport

    Range Rover has proved perfect holiday transport

  • Packed to the gunwhales - thank goodness our Rangie has a reversing camera

    Packed to the gunwhales - thank goodness our Rangie has a reversing camera

  • No worries about getting out of muddy fields at Glastonbury when you've got a Range Rover

    No worries about getting out of muddy fields at Glastonbury when you've got a Range Rover

  • A round-trip to Glastonbury saw the Range Rover average more than 30mpg

    A round-trip to Glastonbury saw the Range Rover average more than 30mpg

  • Rangie's metal sill plates look great, but they need cleaning frequently

    Rangie's metal sill plates look great, but they need cleaning frequently

  • Sharp boot corner caused injury recently

    Sharp boot corner caused injury recently

  • It's a big lump, but sensors and cameras make parking a breeze

    It's a big lump, but sensors and cameras make parking a breeze

  • Range Rover's creature comforts and practicality make it a formidable rival for other luxury cars

    Range Rover's creature comforts and practicality make it a formidable rival for other luxury cars

  • Off-road height helps to round off ruts at low speeds, while access height helps passengers climb in

    Off-road height helps to round off ruts at low speeds, while access height helps passengers climb in

  • Some people are very happy to drive the Range Rover in town - just make sure you're one of them

    Some people are very happy to drive the Range Rover in town - just make sure you're one of them

  • The sheer size of our Range Rover makes it a pain on the school run, says our editor

    The sheer size of our Range Rover makes it a pain on the school run, says our editor

  • Our managing director thinks the Range Rover's luxury cabin doesn't feel quite special enough

    Our managing director thinks the Range Rover's luxury cabin doesn't feel quite special enough

  • Our Rangie's about to go on a long European jaunt, so we booked its 16,000-mile service in early

    Our Rangie's about to go on a long European jaunt, so we booked its 16,000-mile service in early

  • Rangie's infotainment system is responsive, but graphics look dated

    Rangie's infotainment system is responsive, but graphics look dated

  • Range Rover easy to park - as long as the space is wide enough

    Range Rover easy to park - as long as the space is wide enough

  • Range Rover fan, Gavin, was impressed by how well the new model handles through corners

    Range Rover fan, Gavin, was impressed by how well the new model handles through corners

  • Optional 22-inch alloys are pricey but they barely harm the ride

    Optional 22-inch alloys are pricey but they barely harm the ride

  • Parking camera lens gets dirty quickly

    Parking camera lens gets dirty quickly

  • Ice and 80mph crosswinds? One of these makes it easy

    Ice and 80mph crosswinds? One of these makes it easy

  • There aren't any luxury saloons that you can do this with

    There aren't any luxury saloons that you can do this with

  • The view that greets you on the pavement when you unlock the Range Rover's door

    The view that greets you on the pavement when you unlock the Range Rover's door

  • Sliding door is sticking so it has to be replaced

    Sliding door is sticking so it has to be replaced

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Range Rover TDV6 Vogue SE

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Week ending April 24
Mileage 15,650
Miles this week 80

Remember the nadir of the large SUV, when 'Chelsea Tractor' became bywords for all things that were wrong with the overly large, overly thirsty cars that were clogging up city streets? At the heart of that criticism was the Range Rover and, despite the progress of time and technology, after trying the school run in it for the past few weeks, I have to say many of those criticisms ring just as true today as they did then.

For all the positives, and they are numerous and varied, the Range Rover's size and sheer presence makes it an absolute pain to drive around town most of the time. Yes, it is a comfortable car to be stuck in, and that high-riding driving position does give you a slightly better view than everyone else, but those benefits are soon overwhelmed on journeys to the shops, or on the school run.

In such a big car, driving down side streets becomes a pain, as does driving round parked cars, or trying to find a space you can actually park in. This week, I've tried the school run in it several times, and been blocked in, had to swerve around oncoming cyclists as I drive around parked cars and had to take an age reversing in to parking spots because knowing what's around you (excited school kids among them) is not the work of a moment. And, like it or not, when it gets tricky, you can't help but feel that the world is having a laugh at your difficulties in your expensive luxury car.

Would this stop me buying or recommending a Range Rover? Yes, it would, if all I was going to do in it was potter around town. Having a car of this size for urban use only is as absurd today as it ever was and, frankly, a ridiculous waste of its capabilities. Only buy one, then, if you are prepared to enjoy its talents well beyond the city limits.

By Jim Holder
Jim.Holder@whatcar.com

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Week ending April 17
Mileage 15,570
Miles this week 1200

The Range Rover has been in the hands of our managing director David Prasher recently, as he and his family embarked on a long-distance journey across Europe.

It's the sort of task that makes these long-term tests so valuable; using a car in the real world, across hundreds of miles, day in, day out, really forces you to get to know every aspect of what works and what doesn't.

But, as you'd expect of a car of this reputation and price point, it wasn't a case of unearthing niggles, and more one of forming an overall impression. So while the Range Rover came in for overwhelming praise, it was the cabin quality that got the most scrutiny.

Prasher takes up the story: ‘What surprised me was how the cabin, while perfectly acceptable, didn't really convey any sense of being special.

‘I know that if I get in a Mercedes S-class, for instance, that it will deliver a sense of occasion. The materials, the fit and finish and the switchgear will allow let me know that I am in a really special car.

‘I know the Range rover is special - but there's little in the cabin that really tells me that, or reminds me constantly that the money spent to buy one has been truly invested in areas where I could see or touch it."

By David Prasher

 

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Week ending April 10
Mileage 14,370
Miles this week 68

According to official schedules, our Range Rover TDV6 isn’t due to have its first service until it hits 16,000 miles. But as it’s due to embark on a big European jaunt we thought it best to get it in early.

In the end, the best balance of price and convenience was our local dealer Guy Salmon of Thames Ditton in Surrey. You may remember we’ve had previous happy dealings with them and - again - their service was first class. That included a full valet for the Rangie, a lift back to the office for me, and - best of all - excellent communication from service advisor Kayleigh.

Mind you, the 16,000 mile oil change did cost us £474, and as they also found a lump in the front tyre we had to spend another £364 to replace that. In fact, there was some cosmetic damage to the rear tyre, too, but we got them to swap it with the spare rather than shelling out for another £364.

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