Range Rover long-term test: report 4

For many people, the Range Rover is the ultimate luxury SUV. But what's it actually like to live with? We're finding out...

Range Rover with older sibling in car park

The car Range Rover 3.0 D350 HSE Run by Darren Moss, deputy editor

Why it’s here To see whether Land Rover’s flagship model feels as special as it should during everyday use

Needs to Offer the comfort, refinement and general wow factor you'd expect from a £100k+ luxury SUV

Mileage 4733 List price £113,120 Target Price £113,120 Price as tested £122,770 Test economy 30.6mpg Official economy 35.7mpg

4 May 2023 – The family connection

Manoeuvring my Range Rover into the multi-storey car park near the What Car? office one day last week resulted in a meeting of minds.

You see, the same day, staff writer George Hill brought in his own Range Rover, a 2005 example – and it was remarkable to see my car lined up next to its 'ancestor'.

Our cars are separated by almost two decades of design evolution, but seeing them together it’s clear they come from the same Land Rover family.

Their respective front grilles are given prominence, for example, both as a design feature and to channel air into the engine bay.

And although my car doesn’t need to have flared air intakes along its flanks like George’s does, the area has a 'shark gills' design flourish in the same spirit.

Range Rover front grille with older Range Rover in the background

For all the similarities, two big differences stand out.

Firstly, my car’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine develops more power than the larger 4.4-litre V8 petrol (345bhp to 295bhp) of the older car.

And, secondly, while George recently paid a rather large repair bill for his Range Rover, mine has so far been faultless. And long may that reliability streak continue...

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