So I don't know which car WhatCar? drove for their reviews, but it wasn't this one. I have just bought a 2013 Pre-reg of this vehicle, and I have to say I'm impressed. I wasn't expecting to be, but I am. So, the first thing is that this car drives like a 4x4. Unlike a Touareg, which drives like a big Golf, or a BMW X-something, which drives like a big 3-series. It's different, and if you've ever driven an older Range Rover, or even a pre-2007 Touareg, it's that sort of 4x4 drive. So no, it doesn't handle like a stiff, small car, it handles like a 4x4. Completely different, and unfair to compare this car against one with completely different handling characteristics. That being said, it's not a bad drive at all. It's my first ever diesel, and it's pretty quiet, peppy, and very refined (and yes, I've owned Range Rovers, BMWs and Touraregs as well). The driving position is comfortable, there's every gadget under the sun included in the price (which if you deal well you can drive a new one away for 25%+ off list price), the cabin (Overland) is quite classy and overall it's a nice place to be. It's a little thirsty (18MPG around town, 35-38 MPG on the motorway)and the stereo/NAV is a relic from last century, but that's about the only major criticism I can really come up with. Other than that, it drives well on road, great off-road, the suspension & auto gearbox seem pretty refined. Ignore this review, just go try it for yourself. You may be pleasantly surprised (as was I).
Dave Smith, April 25th 2013