The verdict

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up a cor­ner like a Cayenne Turbo S will, be­cause it isn’t de­signed for that, but there’s enough grip here, not to men­tion sta­bil­ity, when you feel naughty. And with 503bhp, chances are you’ll be mis­chievous a lot of the time. Good job it has a claimed ef­fi­ciency of 13.8 litres per 100km.

Once you’ve had some fun, other things be­come glar­ingly ob­vi­ous such as a quicker ra­tio steer­ing and a de­light­fully sup­ple ride. There’s still no­tice­able body roll but the adap­tive damp­ing and dy­namic anti-roll bars try their best to min­imise that.

The in­te­rior is a gi­ant step for­ward and gi­gan­tic in terms of size, es­pe­cially when com­pared to the sur­pris­ingly tight in­te­rior of the G63. In­stead of a back seat, call­ing it a loung­ing area would be bet­ter.

The qual­ity of the ma­te­ri­als is far bet­ter than be­fore; par­tic­u­larly good is the thin rim of the steer­ing wheel with its leather-wrapped cen­tre and alu­minium trim; it wouldn’t look out of place on an As­ton. You also get yards of sup­ple leather, wood and alu­minium all over the place. For the amount of whizbangery on board, the cen­tre con­sole doesn’t re­sem­ble the in­ner work­ings of a space shut­tle; it’s un­clut­tered and the switch count has been cut by half.

The large cen­tral touch­screen is in­tu­itive even though it con­trols a lot of com­plex sys­tems. The iPhone gen­er­a­tion will have no prob­lems. As you’d ex­pect, the view from the driver’s chair is as com­mand­ing as al­ways and the only crit­i­cism you could level is on the glove box, which falls open on to your pas­sen­ger’s knee when you push a but­ton to un­lock it.

Out­ward vis­i­bil­ity is al­most per­fect but even still, it fea­tures blind spot in­di­ca­tors that have been in­te­grated into its side view mir­rors while the Park As­sist sys­tem has been up­graded and shows you cars com­ing from both sides while you re­verse out of a park­ing space.

Even though there’s a rip-roar­ing V8 inches away from you, you wouldn’t know it; the cabin cos­sets you from the out­side world. Lux­ury So, the choice is be­tween a jet­pro­pelled T-Rex and a highly evolved Mam­moth in sneak­ers. The Merc is scary to drive at speed. It might be the last breath­ing di­nosaur in a world of lighter, quicker and nim­bler ri­vals. But the fact it car­ries glo­ri­ous trails from another age makes it tower im­pe­ri­ously over its more ad­vanced foes, in­clud­ing the Range Rover.

How­ever, if crude dy­nam­ics are not your cup of tea, then the Range Rover with its wider body, lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior, mod-cons, and ride qual­ity should be your drive of choice. It is def­i­nitely the bet­ter ev­ery­day car.

Re­gard­less of which you go for, you’ll be fit to sur­vive in the ur­ban jun­gle and well be­yond.

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