How to spec a 2013 Range Rover

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Vicky Parrott
28 December 2012

How to spec a 2013 Range Rover

Its fair to say that every version of the all-new Range Rover comes with good equipment levels and an impressive engine. But with two diesels and a 5.0-litre V8 petrol now on offer, and three trims with huge price differences between them, its still crucial to make the right choices.

In this class, kit levels and powertrain choice will have a big impact on resale values as well as your general enjoyment of this pricey luxury SUV.

Which engine should you go for?
This is an easy decision. The big news is the arrival of a new 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel. Putting out 255bhp and 442lb ft of torque, it delivers useful and rewarding acceleration when you need it before settling to an almost inaudible hush when not under load.

It will also return average economy of 33.2mpg according to our True MPG tests, which is a healthy figure for such a heavy car that will also hit 60mph in 7.4sec.

All cars come with Land Rovers Terrain Response 2 automatic four-wheel-drive system and a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is seriously good regardless of the engine its connected to.

Other options are the 335bhp 4.4 V8 turbodiesel, badged SDV8, which is even more potent but less refined and substantially thirstier than the TDV6. It does benefit from good resale values; retaining the same 60% of its value after three years as the TDV6.

The 503bhp 5.0-litre V8 supercharged model is brilliant, but unjustifiable. It delivers sports car performance, with 0-60mph dispatched in just 5.1 seconds, but it comes at enormous cost thanks to poor economy youll be lucky to achieve the claimed average economy of 20.5mpg and its value will plummet.

Which trim should you choose?
There are three trims available: Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography. If you want the 5.0 V8, then its top-spec Autobiography or nothing another reason to go for one of the diesels, which are both available with all trims.

Even Vogue models are generously specced with an eight-inch colour touch-screen, sat-nav, DAB radio and USB connection, three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, rear camera, leather interior, cruise control, digital TV and Bluetooth. So if purchase price is a priority you wont be disappointed with the entry-level model.

However, the Vogue SE adds an extra padding of luxury and should be easier to sell. It does cost a whopping 6600 more than the Vogue, but that includes 'dual-view' front screen (which allows front passengers to use the sat-nav screen for different functions to the driver), uprated Meridian audio system, higher quality leather finish, soft-close doors, garage door opener, adaptive cruise control, and automatic and adaptive xenon headlamps.

Wed steer clear of the Autobiography trim. It is impressively loaded with spec, including a full panoramic glass roof, blind-spot monitor and surround camera parking system, but it doesnt justify the 10k premium.

What options should you choose?
Not many. Opt for the mid-spec Vogue SE, and you can happily get away without adding anything else and youll still have a satisfyingly plush Range Rover. However, if you can stretch to it, the full panoramic sunroof is a worth the 1500 it costs.

If you regularly carry kids, the rear entertainment system with its twin rear screens and headphones, is also worth the 1500 asking price (though youll also have to get the 400 winged front headrests) and as with the sunroof will add to the cars appeal and value come resale time.

We recommend
Range Rover Vogue SE TDV6 77,895

Full size panoramic glass roof 1500.
Rear entertainment system (including compulsory 400 winged headrests) 1900.

Total price

How to haggle for a Range Rover
Currently there are no discounts to be had on the Range Rover. Expect to see savings start to be available in spring 2013.

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Vicky Parrott