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Range Rover Review

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Our test car was equipped with the Harman/Kardon sound processor which delivers 710 watts of power through 14 speakers.

The Electronic handbrake automatically releases when you pull off and engages when you switch off the engine.

There are two glove compartments opened by a switch on the dashboard the top glove compartment was occupied by a six CD auto-changer and the wireless remote colour venture camera. The venture camera can magnetically be attached to the car or be placed in a horse box or trailer so that you can view live video from the dashboard TFT panel.

The split tailgate can swallow a massive 994 litres of luggage with the seats up – we liked the fact that the boot had a hard load cover, perfect for protecting your cargo.

The front windscreen and rear screen are heated and as you would expect there is dual climate control. You can set the climate control to automatically come on at set times to cool or heat the car perfect to heat the car on the cold mornings before you venture out and should you forget to program the timer you can use the remote control from the comfort of your home.

Safety and Security

The Range Rover is equipped with the following safety and security equipment as standard: Nine airbags including a driver's knee bag, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Active Roll Mitigation (ARM), Adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, alarm, immobiliser, ABS (anti-lock brakes with EBA (electronic brake assist), ETC (electronic traction control) and deadlocks, central locking, superlocking and lazy locking with combination ignition key and remote transmitter, front seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters and side impact beams on all doors.

Infotainment

Our test car was equipped with the Harman/Kardon sound processor which delivers 710 watts of power through 14 speakers. This is coupled to a six CD auto-changer which is mounted in the upper glove compartment delivering LOGIC7 world-class audiophile quality to passengers wherever they are seated in the vehicle.

The sound quality is excellent and in our opinion only a bespoke audio system could offer more enjoyment.

The Range Rover also offers a DVD based Satellite Navigation system which can be operated, on the move, manually or by voice. Voice, map and text instructions give a guide to the destination with both estimated time of arrival and distance remaining being displayed on screen. The system can re-route as an immediate reaction to traffic conditions and will even display nearby filling stations when fuel runs low. Off road navigation shows the contours of the terrain and provides the ability to mark waypoints in the memory.

Rivals
  • Audi Q7
  • BMW X5
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • Porsche Cayenne
What We Liked
  • TDV8 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Ride and handling
  • Off-road credentials
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Air-suspension and terrain response
What We Disliked
  • Nothing to dislike except depreciation
What We'd Like To See
  • A stiffer sports suspension option on command
Conclusion

In our opinion the Range Rover has retained its crown as best luxury 4x4 - off-road it does not get any better and on-road the 4x4 limousine cossets its occupants with unsurpassed levels of luxury.

Whilst BMW's X5 and Porsche's Cayenne are certainly fast paced and handle like sports cars there is no doubt that the Range Rover is peerless.

10 March 2011 Melanie Carter
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Range Rover Road Test Data
Model ReviewedLand Rover Range Rover Vogue SE
  
Body Type4x4
ColourSumatra Black - Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.8 seconds
Top Speed 130mph
  
Transmission8 Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban24.6mpg
Extra Urban34.5mpg
Combined30.1mpg
  
Insurance Group20
Euro NCAP Rating4 star
Warranty3 years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 10/03/11)£76,635 OTR

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