Our cars: Range Rover - July

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Week ending July 29
Mileage 16,500
Miles driven this week 200

I attended the press launch of the new Range Rover Evoque this week and drove there in our original Range Rover.

Interestng that the 'baby' version feels like a proper Range Rover - but equally interesting is that ours still feels more comfortable, refined, and, of course, spacious. Not to mention its superior visibility and sense of occasion from behind the wheel.

One unexpected facet of the press launch was just how good the Evoque is off-road. Not as good as the big fella, though, I'll wager - and I'll be putting it to the test soon.

Week ending July 22
Mileage 16,300
Miles driven this week 450

I'm afraid that there's another little negative thing to report on the Range Rover. The glovebox has broken. It flops down too far and needs a hefty shove to be closed again. But right now the car is in for its 16,000 mile service with our local dealer in Surrey and they reckon that the entire unit can be replaced under warranty. Good timing as it would have been annoying to make another trip to the dealer.

Week ending July 15
Mileage 15,850
Miles driven this week 337

I needed some space, urgently. A friend called up with a last-minute request for me to help move a broken old sofa, and asked if I might be able to find some suitable transport. Unfortunately, What Car?’s BMW 5 Series Touring and Hyundai ix35 had already been snared. Only one choice remained, the Range Rover. Oh well, I’ve had tougher weekends.
It did the job – just. The parcel shelf isn’t the easiest in the world to remove, and the rear seats don’t fold down flat. Nonetheless, the sheer space meant the sofa fitted comfortably. The bottom half of the tailgate folds down horizontally, which made sliding the sofa into and out of the boot simple, too.

Week ending July 8
Mileage 15,563
Miles driven this week 463

The Range Rover’s extensive repertoire meant it was the perfect transport for myself and some friends for the drive down to last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

It’s spacious and comfortable so, even during the inevitable queues to get in and out, driver and passengers remain relaxed and composed, while the throne-like driving position gives a great view of the traffic ahead.

Then there’s the excellent climate control system, that kept everyone at the perfect temperature, in spite of the soaring temperatures outside. Don’t forget about the superb in-car entertainment system, including iPod integration and built-in TV - ideal for whiling away the hours if the traffic turns nasty.

But best of all, there’s the badge on the front. The Range’s high-end image meant that we certainly arrived at Goodwood in style


Week ending July 1
Mileage 15,100
Miles driven this week 100
I’m not normally a fan of cruise control. However, my Rangie comes with radar-controlled cruise: you set your speed and a distance to the car in front
and it maintains that distance.

It automatically adjusts the speed without me having to keep fiddling with buttons or pedals.

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