Our cars: Range Rover - May

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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 May 23
Mileage 16,850
Miles this week 247

The Range Rover has been getting a bit of stick for its size from the team recently, but that was precisely the reason I put my name against it for a weekend playing golf with a couple of mates. It is spot on for carrying three sets of clubs, three trolleys, three bags of clothes and three blokes across the country in supreme comfort.

Obviously the car’s bulk can be an issue in town but galloping down the nation’s motorways, it is in its element. It is suitably serene when swallowing up the miles and inspires the sort of confidence that you don’t expect from something so tall or wide.

I was surprised how easy it was to park, too. Although you're relying on finding a capacious space to cope with it in the first place, I managed to squeeze it in to some surprisingly tight spaces by taking advance of the cameras and sensors, designed to shrink it around you. There was a bit of nudging back and forth, but such good information being fed to you by the car’s systems means it can be shoehorned into far smaller spaces that you might expect.

By Nigel Donnelly
Nigel.Donnelly@whatcar.com



Week ending May 16

Mileage 16,603
Miles this week 120

As soon as spring turns to summer, there are always opportunities to spend the day at big open air events that demand you park in a rain-lashed field and spend all day worrying if you'll ever get out again. Unless, of course, you have four-wheel drive.

The Range Rover isn't alone in that, but it does keep on giving. The drop-down tailgate, for instance, makes for a perfect perch so you can shelter from the rain or drop in and out of muddy shoes without having to clamber all over the car first. Once inside, there are home comforts to enjoy, too, from the quick-fire air-con warmth to heated seats. Life just gets that bit better that bit quicker.

These facts alone are not enough to recommend a Range Rover over its rivals, but they are small parts of an equation that makes it so formidable.

By Jim Holder
Jim.Holder@whatcar.com

 

Week ending May 9
Mileage 16,483
Miles this week 433

I recently put our Range Rover to use as wedding transport. Since I live out in the sticks, I knew I wasn’t going to suffer the same frustrations that our editor has when piloting the gargantuan SUV in town.

However, of more interest to me was whether the Rangie would convince my family that it was a genuinely luxurious people carrier. I needed to shuttle the guests to the wedding venue about 15 miles away, so comfort and a sense of occasion were the top priorities.

To be honest, I’m not sure the Range Rover was the best tool for the task. Certainly, it looks the part, but - as others have pointed out - the cabin isn’t quite as luxurious as you might think.

The chunky metallic pillars bookending the centre console look like they’ll feel cool and substantial to the touch, but they actually feel like chunky plastic. What’s more, the embossed silver ‘Range Rover’ plaque behind the rotary gear lever doesn’t feel glued down properly because it shuffles slightly when you touch it.

Was it comfortable enough for the passengers, though? Well, for the most part, yes. Certainly, once you’re up to speed on the motorway, the Range Rover feels totally planted and serene. On patchy low-speed roads, however, there’s often an annoying thunk from the suspension. Switching to off-road height seemed to lessen the impact of this disturbance, but it’s not a convenient real-world fix.

Still, the height-adjustable suspension did have one advantage for our wedding party. In on-road height mode, one or two guests found it tricky to step up to the Rangie’s high-riding cabin. The ‘access height’ mode that temporarily lowers the car is a useful feature, making it as easy to get into as some small SUVs.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com

Week ending May 1
Mileage 16,050
Miles this week 450

Last week, I complained that the Range Rover was a pain to drive in the city. In my view, it is too big to make any sense at all on any kind of run around a built up area, because it takes up too much space on the road and is hard to park and manoeuvre.

Feeling brave, I decided to pitch this theory to the good folk at the Full Fat Range Rover forum (http://www.fullfatrr.com/) – and am happy now to offer a summary of the responses, most of which either disagree with me, or suggest some context.

The suggestion is that the Range Rover is actually one of the best of the large SUVs for town driving, winning out over the opposition because of its measured throttle response, progressive brake pedal, large glass area and especially elevated seating position.

However, most also seem to agree that the previous generation of Land Rover was even better for the purpose, because it was easier to judge where its edges are, due to the sharper angling of the bodywork.

The conclusion? There are people who can live with the Range Rover who drive predominantly in the cities, but you should ensure that you are happy to do so.

By Jim Holder
Jim.Holder@whatcar.com

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