Due to the height of the Range Rover getting in and out is a considered affair fortunately you can lower the air suspension (there is even a button on the door to lower the car) but it is still a bit of climb, especially if you have short legs, side steps might be the answer.
To reflect the performance of the new 4.4-litre LR-TDV8, diesel models are fitted with the same Brembo-based braking system fitted to the 5.0-litre LR-V8 supercharged model. The system comprises 380mm ventilated front discs with unique, lightweight aluminium six-piston opposed action monoblock callipers. 365mm ventilated discs with single piston sliding callipers are fitted at the rear. And remarkably good they are too making short work of stopping over 3 tonnes of car.
The handling is superb and considering its ride height & girth it feels very stable with very little body-roll.
The Range Rover is equipped with 'Terrain Response' as fitted to the Discovery 4 and the Range Rover Sport, even the Freelander 2 has a version.
Terrain Response is like having an 'off road expert' in your car as it implements the most appropriate settings for the vehicle's many advanced electronic controls and traction aids, including ride height, engine torque response, Hill Descent Control, electronic traction control and transmission settings.
The five Terrain Response programmes optimise the vehicles set-up for virtually any on-road or off-road driving conditions:
- General driving
- Grass/gravel/snow (for slippery conditions on-road as well as off)
- Mud and ruts
The 2011 Range Rover is further enhanced by improvements to the Terrain Response system in the form of Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control. Hill Start Assist retains the initial driver-generated brake pressure long enough for the foot to move from brake pedal to throttle, without the car rolling backwards. Gradient Acceleration Control is designed to provide safety cover on severe gradients when the driver does not have Hill Descent Control engaged.
What amazed us about the Range Rover was its ability to climb a wet grassy bank that we could not easily walk up – all we did was select the 'grass/gravel/snow' programme via the terrain response system and then we selected low ratio via the gearbox. We then simply drove up the hill with the minimum of fuss on the way down all we did was to ensure that the hill descent control was set and then we took our foot off of the brake, letting the Range Rover literally crawl down the slope – under complete control. Again there was absolutely no fuss very impressive indeed.
Range Rover Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Land Rover Range Rover Vogue SE|
|Colour||Sumatra Black - Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.8 seconds|
|Transmission||8 Speed Automatic|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4 star|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 10/03/11)||£76,635 OTR|