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
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-
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
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