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It’s a luxury suite on wheels but it’s got the economy of a hatchback
ride comfort and spaciousness put it above executive sedans and its performance smothers many so-called sports cars.
Show it the dirt and it’ll plunge through where no normal SUV would dare. It is, in fact, that rare thing— a car that is everything to all buyers.
My wife wants a Thermomix because it’s one kitchen appliance that does everything so we don’t have to buy five devices. The Range Rover falls in the same category.
Of course, like the Thermomix, the price is five times the price of a singlepurpose appliance. So at $178,900 (plus $13,420 of options), the 3.0-litre TDV6 Vogue isn’t cheap. The warranty is ordinary, the service costs are high-ish but fuel costs are low.
Hot features include heated seats that massage occupants, huge sunroof ($3080, a musthave option), dual-view touch screen ($1300) and superb audio. Your neighbours will hate you.
This 2013 model softly reflects the original Range Rover silhouette but does so with a bigger, more accommodating body. The styling is more subtle — note the neater grille, headlights and tail-lights— while 21-inch alloys ($3240) give power to the design.
Cabin design is beautiful. Lots of leather and wood, excellent graphics and switchgear, superb seats and a wide field of driver vision.
It’s also big inside with giant-size leg and headroom in the rear and an expanded cargo area that fits a mountain bike without removing the wheels. The electric tailgate, electric folding rear seats and rear-seat control panel add icing to the cake.
The big news is the allaluminium body that shaves up to 400kg from the old model. The 190kW/600Nm turbo diesel may pale against the optional V8 diesel and Porsche’s tuneful new 4.2-litre oiler but it’s the right choice for owners who don’t tow heavy gear. It’s mated to an eightspeed auto that goes through a constant all-wheel drive system. Unlike most rivals, it has a lowrange gearbox. The suspension is air adjustable, the steering is electric-assist, the Terrain Response electronically dials in settings for different off-road conditions and there’s even stop-start to save a bit of fuel. It is rated to tow 3500kg so it may suit a lot of holiday haulers. Brilliant.
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