Our cars: Range Rover - January

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  • 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

Week ending January 31
Mileage 12,400
Miles this week 350


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It was my mum's birthday lunch last weekend, so I thought I'd add to the treat by driving her there in our Range Rover.

For me, this car is all about comfort and getting from A to B in total luxury. After driving up the A1 with members of my family, we all jumped out of the car as refreshed as when we got in. The seats offer excellent support for your upper and lower back, impressing my old mum no end. She described it as like sitting in her wing back chair at home next to the fire - even if she did struggle climbing in, because it's a fair step up from the ground.

The weather was pretty bad last Friday, too: everything from driving rain, hail and wind was thrown at us, but you feel so safe in this car. The ride is super-stable at speed and the wind noise – which you would think would affect such a big, tall, square car – didn't filter in at all.

By Stephen Hopkins
Stephen.Hopkins@whatcar.com

Week ending January 24
Mileage 12,050
Miles this week 490


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There’s a lot of grime on the roads at the moment. While I love the fact that it’s giving our Range Rover a nice lived-in look, it’s not doing the parking camera any favours.

The lens itself is sited under the boot lid and so it only takes a quick trip on the sodden roads around here to get in coated in muck and make it virtually useless.

The latest Nissans have a clever system that cleans rear- and side-view cameras using tiny water jets and compressed air to ‘blow’ them dry. Maybe it’s time for Land Rover to consider it as well?

By Chas Hallett
Chas.Hallett@whatcar.com

Week ending January 17
Mileage 11,560
Miles this week 130


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Had an intriguing day earlier this week when I jumped from the back of a Mercedes S-Class - our new luxury car of the year - into the front of our Range Rover (least year’s luxury champion).

No doubt that the Merc is even plusher than the Range Rover and takes levels of cabin craftsmanship even higher. Plus, even in the short version that I was ferried about in, there’s considerably more legroom.

The S-class is, though, a still more traditional limo experience. Being higher, I think, gives you a better vista in the Range Rover. And, from where I was sitting, the low speed comfort is better in the Land Rover. Though I know from previous experience that the Merc claws back the advantage above 30mph.

Either way, it shows that luxury cars can come in vastly different flavours. Good thing too.

By Chas Hallett
Chas.Hallett@whatcar.com


Week ending January 10

Mileage 11,430
Miles this week 400

I hopped from my Mazda 6 into the Range Rover this week. First impressions are good: it's a big car but the design proportions are so good that it doesn't seem as big as the previous model. I also love the way the design sweeps back, tapering towards the rear.

It doesn't feel too big when you're driving it, either. After 300 motorway miles I can confirm that the Range Rover feels made for luxury travel. Its motorway manners are excellent and with such a high driving position you command a great view, too. There is a little road noise from the tyres but it’s to be expected from such a large car.

The peachiest bit for me is the V6 diesel engine. It's so smooth and changes up with instant response. Not only that, but the hushed sound and drone of the engine reminds me of the Lancaster powered Merlin in the Dambusters movie I recently watched. The Great British theme continues.

Stephen Hopkins
Stephen.Hopkins@whatcar.com

Week ending January 3
Mileage 11,030
Miles this week 1140

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Christmas has come and gone, and over the break I’ve managed to put more than 1000 miles on the Range Rover’s odometer, battling through holiday traffic, ice and storm-lashed roads.

To be honest, the Rangie washed away a lot of the pain. It is, of course, a consummate mile eater. But I was also grateful for the near 600-mile fuel tank range, and its remarkable stability in high crosswinds, which was surprising for such a high-sided car.

There was one journey when I was battling up the northern end of the M6 in 80mph sidewinds, with a huge amount of standing water to cope with as well - there was no other car that I would have rather been in at that moment.

With the maelstrom outside, all I had to worry about was turning up Radio 4 a notch. That pretty much sums up the Range Rover’s all-round abilities.

By Chas Hallett
Chas.Hallett@whatcar.com

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