The Range Rover is one of the great motoring icons, and it’s every bit as compelling a proposition today as it was when it was first introduced more than 40 years ago.
Once the choice of the landed gentry, Land Rover's most luxurious 4x4 now appeals to anyone looking for the finest quality, while its ability to go off road and plough across fields or deserts remains unparalleled.
The previous Range Rover (which you can read about here) abandoned the traditional truck-like chassis of its predecessor for something more car-like, and the latest version builds on that, with huge weight savings that mean performance is surprisingly brisk.
Engine options include two diesels – a V6 and a V8 – as well as a V6 diesel-electric hybrid, and a supercharged V8 petrol, but in truth the latter is only for the seriously wealthy. And even if you aren’t bothered about the cost savings that the extra efficiency will bring, you surely won’t mind less frequent trips to the pumps.
These days the Range Rover might be more of a luxury car than a mud-plugger, but it’s the fact that it's a luxury car that can do some serious mud-plugging that gives it a unique and broad appeal.