We enjoy the Range Rover and put it to the test
1 DAILY DRIVING
While the unassisted steering can make manoeuvering a bit of a workout and the V8’s love of a drink means you’ll struggle to top 20mpg around town, the Range Rover’s versatility makes it ideal for regular use. The great all-round visibility makes it far easier to squeeze through narrow streets than you might expect and the split rear tailgate make loading supermarket clutter a doddle. The grippy Michelin tyres, ample ground clearance and permanent four-wheel-drive make it an ideal classic companion at this time of year too – it’s what it was designed for, after all.
2 In THE SERVICE BAY
The great thing with the Range Rover is that you don’t have to jack it up to reach its undersides, which speeds up jobs like oil changes. There’s plenty of space beneath the clamshell bonnet to work on the V8 too, and there’s a healthy supply of spares from Land Rover specialists if you are looking for replacement parts.
3 On THE SHOW CIRCUIT
There aren’t many places a Range Rover won’t go – and that includes the nation’s classic shows. Not only does its V8 earn it at place at the RoverFest celebrations of the engine this summer, but early examples are now eligible to take part in the Goodwood Revival’s ‘Over The Road’ car park, and the Range Rover Register regularly takes part in shows across the UK, including the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC. We’d highly recommend the Land Rover Owner Show too, run by our sister magazine every September.
4 THE LONG WEEKEND
While the Rangie’s perfectly capable of traversing the Darién Gap – in fact, it was the first vehicle to do so – it’s also more than happy to whisk you down the motorway to the West Country or the Scottish Highlands for a few days away. There’s plenty of room for you and three of your pals to stretch out in comfort, and more than enough space behind the rear bench to easily accommodate your luggage. It won’t be the quietest companion on a long run – for that, you’ll want a later four door model – and you’ll have to allow for the fuel bills, but if you want to venture far regularly it’s worth considering having an LPG tank fitted.
5 THE B-ROAD BLAST
The Range Rover will tackle tight roads comfortably, but there’s no escaping the body roll if you throw one into a tight corner. There have been plenty of suspension kits available over the years to tighten up the handling and later models were fitted with anti-roll bars, but we reckon it’s better to leave the early one standard, don’t compromise its off-road prowess and relax a bit on the asphalt.
WHAT TO PAY // ConCours £40k+ // Good £30-33k // usable £12-17k // ProjeCt £6-10k
cabin is sparse but comfortable enough – especially compared to series land rovers. Note the elongated gearlever.