The com­plete pack­age

It’s al­ways been a class apart from the com­pe­ti­tion, now the re­freshed Range Rover adds more tech to com­ple­ment its lux­ury im­age as re­ports

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The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion Range Rover hasn’t been out long but its maker has al­ready de­cided to add more use­ful tech to its flag­ship of­froader. Sim­ple things like a hands-free tailgate open­ing func­tion sit along­side a re­mote con­trol mo­bile app and beefed up driv­ing func­tions should en­sure that the big beast stays ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion for some time to come.

If you’re a speed freak you’ll be in­ter­ested to know that the su­per­charged V6 model gains more power, while there are also ef­fi­ciency gains else­where in the Range Rover’s line-up. And ev­ery model is now EU6 com­pli­ant and an eight-speed auto gear­box is stan­dard is­sue. Looks and im­age You won’t mis­take the Range Rover for any other pre­mium SUV in the lo­cal Waitrose car park. It’s a big car even by lux­ury off-roader stan­dards, but its de­sign­ers es­chewed the trend for an ag­gres­sive ‘look’ in favour of soft curves and fuss-


free sheet­metal.

Iain Space and prac­ti­cal­ity Be­ing big some­times has its ad­van­tages and the Range Rover’s cabin and load area aren’t short of space. Four adults can re­lax in lux­ury, while the car’s fa­mous split tailgate opens to re­veal a vast load space. Ac­cess­ing the boot is now eas­ier, as you can sim­ply wave your foot be­hind the car’s rear wheels for a ‘look no hands’ ap­proach. Other con­ve­nience fea­tures in­clude the abil­ity to park up and au­to­mat­i­cally lower the car to a more con­ve­nient height for ac­cess and egress and a spaceage head-up-dis­play of­fers ba­sic in­for­ma­tion with­out you hav­ing to look down at the main di­als. Value for money Value is a rel­a­tive term when you’re talk­ing about cars that have, over time, edged into six fig­ure ter­ri­tory. It’s best to view the Range Rover as a highrise Mercedes S-Class or more af­ford­able Bent­ley al­ter­na­tive. In this con­text the mighty SUV of­fers con­sid­er­able bang for your buck, com­bin­ing all that is great about tra­di­tional lux­ury mo­tor­ing and the best off-road ex­pe­ri­ence you’ll find

this side of a tracked ve­hi­cle. Who would buy one? Any­one seek­ing to com­bine the best of both worlds - pre­mium saloon lux­ury and go-any­where ca­pa­bil­ity - should put the Range Rover top of their shop­ping list. Noth­ing else in the mar­ket comes close in terms of the com­plete pack­age.

Price: £91,550 En­gine: 3.0-litre diesel unit pro­duc­ing 258bhp Trans­mis­sion: Eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion driv­ing all four wheels Per­for­mance: Top speed 130mph, 0-62mph in 7.9 sec­onds Econ­omy: 40.9mpg com­bined Emis­sions: 182g/km of CO2

ONE WORD This car summed up in just a sin­gle word:

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