Land Rover Range Rover 4x4 full 9 point review
If you want sports car performance, go for the supercharged V8 petrol, which serves up almost indecent pace. Most buyers, though, will be served better by the V6 or V8 diesel models. Both are smooth and plenty fast enough when getting up to speed or overtaking. In fact, you’re hard pressed to notice the V6’s slightly inferior shove, so that’s the one we’d recommend.
Ride & Handling
You never forget that you’re driving a two-tonne, top-heavy SUV, but the Range Rover is surprisingly agile for its size and weight. It feels precise and confidence-inspiring in all but the most vigorous of driving situations, when it starts to pitch and roll more than is generally comfortable. Best of all, it rides with a suppleness and control that eludes most luxury saloons, let alone other large SUVs.
Refinement is one of the Range Rover’s strongest areas. Especially impressive is the way it isolates you from the elements when you’re cruising at high speed. Most luxury saloons aren’t this quiet – in fact, only the Mercedes S-Class can really beat it. Engine noise isn’t an issue with any of the units on offer, but the cultured sound of the V6 diesel is especially impressive.
Buying & Owning
There's no doubt that the Range Rover is an expensive car, and it’s possible to make it much more expensive with even a brief flirtation with the options list. It won’t be a cheap car to run or pay tax on, either, but the V6 diesel is by far the most affordable to run. The Range Rover should hold its value reasonably well, though – especially if you go for the V6 diesel and are judicious about the way you spec it.
Quality & Reliability
Cabins don't get much more luxurious than the Range Rover’s. The craftsmanship is of an extremely high standard, and everything you see and touch is absolutely first-rate. It’s easily as good as any other luxury car. Range Rovers haven’t exactly had a glittering reputation for reliability in the past, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on how this model fares.
Safety & Security
All versions get highly sophisticated electronic systems to keep you on the straight and narrow, and that applies whether you’re on road or venturing into the wilderness. There's also lots of equipment to keep you from harm in an accident, which helped the car get a maximum five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP. Anti-theft technology is state of the art, too.
Behind The Wheel
Elegant simplicity is what the Range Rover’s cabin is all about. The driving position is excellent and you’ll also enjoy the traditional Range Rover visibility; you can see all four corners of the car from the driver’s seat. Most of the major functions are controlled by easy-to-use knobs, the dials are clear and the touch-screen infotainment system is intuitive, if a little slow to respond to your inputs.
Space & Practicality
It’s pretty easy to clamber into the rear seats, and you have decent space once you’re installed. The LWB models have more legroom than the average executive jet. There's an optional executive seating pack that has two separate seats rather than a rear bench for three. The boot is huge, but the traditional Range Rover split-fold tailgate means it's a long stretch to the back of the boot.
There are three trim levels and all come with the sort of equipment you’d expect at this level. The poshest trim – Autobiography – comes with even plusher fixtures and fittings, plus a huge choice of colour options. Naturally, you can spend plenty more on higher-quality leather trim, uprated hi-fis and larger wheels, too.