Range Rover Vogue SE
Week ending 25 October
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.
Week ending October 18
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
Driven this week 220
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
Driven this week 458
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.