Our cars: Range Rover - October

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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 Vogue SE

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Week ending 25 October
Mileage 6100
Miles this week 640

It doesn’t surprise me at all that Bentley’s SUV concept, shown last year, had a tailgate that aped the classic Range Rover one.


After all, the idea of a two-part boot opening, creating a platform that you can sit on, have a picnic on, or use to slide things into the boot is a brilliant idea. And it works as well on the latest car as it did on the 1970 original.

I’ve been using ours a great deal. It’s a great way of taking children’s muddy boots on and off for a start. Not to mention my own. It also makes sliding things into the boot rather easier. To date I’ve loaded up my bike, an exercise bench and a large chair.

One complaint is that these days the boot is electrically operated. And that electric operation takes a little too long for my tastes. But, then, I like the fact that I can open it from afar just by button. So it’s mixed blessings.

Chas Hallett
chas.hallett@haymarket.com

Week ending October 18
Mileage 5460
Driven this week 680

I spent a recent weekend in the new Range Rover Sport TDV6. It made for an interesting comparison with our Range Rover Vogue SE. You may not know, but there are a lot of mechanical similarities between the two. The same engines, the same aluminium architecture and a lot of the appearance and equipment inside too.

There are some differences though. The Sport is slightly lower for a start, it’s also a lot cheaper and (for £1500) you can even get a third row of seats that’s capable of accommodating children into their teens.

So which did I prefer? Well, our Range Rover still feels more stately and slightly plusher. They feel eerily similar to drive though - both are extremely refined, especially at cruising speeds. I could see myself making use of that third row of seats, too.

I can see why you’d still want a 'full fat' Range Rover - it has an almost peerless image for a start. But for families, the Sport is now making a lot more sense.

By Chas Hallett

Week ending October 11
Mileage 4780
Driven this week 220

Read the Range Rover review 

The Range Rover hasn’t ventured out of London much this week, but at least that's confirmed that it’s a surprisingly good city car.

That statement may seem perverse for a five-metre SUV that’s the same height as a Ford Transit, but the it's serenely comfortable around town with excellent all-round visibility. Sure, you can’t see down the flanks of it quite like the last one, but it’s got an all-round camera system instead that makes it easy to park. Much easier than a five-metre luxury saloon, in fact.

Any niggles so far? Well, the 22-inch wheels on our car telegraph the worst of London’s roads a little too often, and the fuel economy tends to dip into the high 20s. But it’s easy to see why - in certain ritzier bits of town - our Range Rover is far from a unique sight.

By Chas Hallett

Week ending October 4
Mileage 4560
Driven this week 458

Read the Range Rover review 

Our Range Rover had a quick trip to the dealer this week to sort the electric mirror control, which stopped working.

Actually, despite the annoyance of having to go at all it was as painless as it could possibly be. Local dealer Guy Salmon of Thames Ditton had ordered a replacement for the offending part in advance, so it was sorted straight away under warranty.

I was also expertly looked after by Guy Salmon’s service advisor, Kayleigh. In fact, I don’t think I’ve come across a more helpful or communicative member of staff in any dealership where I’ve I had some work done. She was certainly a great antidote to the many complaints I get from readers about dealerships being poor at looking after us and calling back when we go in for servicing work.

Anyway, the mirrors are now working perfectly, and the Range Rover also benefitted from a free and full valet.


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