Range Rover TDV6 Vogue SE
Week ending March 28
Miles this week 420
This week I had to go to Loughborough to film one of our popular reader test team events. I borrowed our long-term Range Rover to do this, as I needed to drive an automatic car due to injuring my leg playing football.
Now, I really don’t understand the growing phenomenon with high, commanding seating positions, as I prefer being low down, preferably in a compact hatch. However, I really like the Range Rover; the seats are very comfortable and have every adjustment you could think of.
The array of technology in this car is fantastic. At the core of it all is the impressive-looking central touch-screen. Admittedly, navigating around it does feel slow and some buttons should be more obvious - like the traffic report indicator - but overall I prefer it to BMW’s iDrive system.
The Meridian sound system is an absolute must-have. The speakers are some of the best I’ve heard and unfazed by a little bit of clockwise action to the volume knob. The only downside sound-wise was the Bluetooth. I made several calls and each person found it very hard to hear me, even though I could hear them perfectly.
I also have to mention the adaptive cruise control – I set it to 62mph and not once did I feel panicked or out of control. The override doesn’t dither around and the steering wheel controls are intuitive, enabling you to adjust your driving distance as you wish. On top of this I achieved a very healthy 40mpg over the 300 miles I covered.
My single biggest peeve was the positioning of the window switches, however. It baffles me that they weren't put where the door handle is, which is also the natural resting position for your arm.
That aside, I think the Range Rover could be the perfect all-rounder.
By James Holloway
Week ending March 21
Miles this week 202
On its weekend with me our Rangie travelled to Hampshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire and back to London again, and I’m not sure there’s another car on our fleet I’d rather do such a long journey in.
Our V6 diesel model is more economical and refined than the larger V8 diesel and still has more than enough power, while the cabin remains eerily quiet at motorway speeds. Even the optional 21-inch alloy wheels on our car do little to harm ride quality.
My only gripe, which in fairness applies to most Jaguar Land Rover models, is that the standard touch-screen system feels a generation behind the rest of the car. It’s reasonably responsive, but some menus have too many buttons, making them unnecessarily complicated. The graphics look dated, too.
It’s a shame, because the Range Rover is top of its game in most areas, but an all-new infotainment system would solve its weakest one.
By Rory White
Week ending March 14
Miles this week 40
Sorry to be so London-centric, but it’s why I live, drive and most often find myself looking for parking spaces; it’s got to be one of the worst places in the world to do it.
Truth is, the Range Rover isn’t as hard to slot into a space as you may think. I have to parallel park in my street and it’s often a cinch. Not just because of the car parking sensors, either. Unlike many big saloons you can see all four corners of the Range Rover and there’s excellent 360 visibility. It’s also made more nimble by having light and accurate steering. So squeezing into tight spaces is simple.
What you can’t do is legislate for the Rangie’s width. The standard parking spaces at NCPs and airports and the like are too narrow. So you often end up having to do gymnastics to get in and out of it.
Presumably its not just me who has noticed a problem either, with news reports circulating this week that standard bays are set to get wider as cars are getting bigger. I still really like the Range Rover but bigger parking bays would be very welcome.
Week ending March 7
Mileage this week 20
A trip to the Geneva motor show this week means I haven't covered many miles in the Range Rover.
That hasn’t stopped me fielding a request from a colleague to take it on a skiing holiday, mind you. His mission is to speedily head to the Alps in comfort. I’ve no doubt that the Rangie is up to the job as he can expect excellent comfort, plenty of pace and sensible fuel economy too. It’s supreme capability will come in handy on slippery, snowy minor roads when he gets there, too.
The one question mark is whether it is up to the job of carting three kids and all their kit when the normal family car is a far more capacious Ford Galaxy. They're going to have a dry run before they head off – it’s going to be an interesting experiment.