Range Rover Vogue SE
Week ending November 29
Miles this week 124
You may remember me having a problem with the lid of the central cupholders in our Range Rover TDV6. It’s one of those ones with a fancy sliding door made of the same polished piano black wood as the rest of the central console. But the mechanism was sticking and so it was almost impossible to shut.
Anyway, it’s finally been fixed under warranty at our local dealer, Guy Salmon of Thames Ditton. I was told it would be a day long job but in the end the car was ready just after lunch, fully valeted and also having a turbo hose replaced which is a service item for all diesels apparently.
Of course, it’s annoying having warranty work done. But Guy Salmon’s excellent personal service and great communication, choreographed by Service Advisor Kayleigh, took some of the sting away. If only all dealers were as good.
<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/102000278702616469373?rel=author">By Chas Hallett</a>
Week ending November 22
Miles this week 951
A week in the new Range Rover made the short-but-gridlocked, rain-lashed and wind-swept commute a much more pleasurable experience, with that trademark high-up and comfortable stance I’ve come to expect and enjoy in all Rangeys.
The V6 diesel motor offers a surprising level of shove and enthusiasm, despite the weight it has to pull along, and the ‘feel’ of the cabin is just right. The level of equipment is exactly as you’d expect in a car of this status and price, too.
My only gripe is its sheer size. Perhaps a bit more time as its custodian would help alleviate that feeling of ‘will-she-won’t-she’ when heading down side roads and into car parks.
The Range Rover is a magnificent creation, but I can’t help looking forward to trying the all-new – and smaller – Sport, based as it is now on the ‘real’ thing…
By Henry Hope-Frost
Week ending November 15
Miles this week 330
It won't surprise you to learn that the Range Rover has been a popular car since it turned up – so much so, in fact, that I've only now just managed to borrow it for a weekend.
I was left deeply impressed by the car's refinement, particularly during motorway cruising, where it feels imperious and incredibly comfortable; genuinely the sort of thing you could use to cross continents. The boot did a great job of swallowing kid-related clutter, too, and I really like the automated rear hatch and two-piece tailgate.
I'm less sure of the Rangie around town, although I know plenty of buyers will rarely take their cars beyond the city limits. Sure, the elevated seat position means that visibility is excellent (as custodian Mr Hallett keeps telling me) but the sheer girth of the thing left me feeling a little intimidated in heavy traffic and narrow streets. Perhaps it becomes easier through use, but I handed back the keys wondering if the daddy of all SUVs has finally become, well, a bit too big.
By John McIlroy
Week ending November 8
Miles this week 520
Hmmm. The Range Rover’s been running completely sweetly so far apart from one niggle: the electric mirror adjustment broke and had to be replaced under warranty.
Sadly, there’s another issue to add to the list: the central cupholder/stowage area has a sliding lid which is now sticking, making it hard to keep it open.
It meant another trip to the dealer (they didn’t seem that surprised to hear about the issue), and it needs to be booked back in for an entire day to be fixed as it involves major surgery on the central console.
Week ending November 1
Miles this week 650
This week I experienced a bit of our Range Rover TDV6 that has so far eluded me. I got to ride in the back seats.
We had a meeting in Kent and so I cajoled our road test editor Steve Huntingford to chauffeur me for the four-hour round trip. I thought it especially poignant considering that this week Land Rover released pics of the forthcoming long wheelbase Range Rover, designed to offer even more lounging room in the rear.
To be honest, the standard car offers a luxurious experience. You sit straighter and higher than you would in a luxury saloon, such as the new S-Class. But there’s plenty of knee- and shoulder space and you can tuck your feet under the front seats, too. There’s also the same commanding view of the outside world as you get up front.
Our car has the bench, rather than the optional individual 'executive' rear seats, but even so they are terrifically comfortable, heated and adjust electrically.
Unlike the last car it’s also easy to climb into the back. All in all, then, a proper luxury experience.
By Chas Hallett