Range Rover
Range Rover Review (2011)

Land Rover have been producing 4x4 vehicles since 1948 and their current model line-up consists of the Defender, Freelander 2, Discovery 4, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport and the range topping Range Rover.

The Range Rover was first introduced in the UK in 1970 – although more luxurious than the Land Rover of the day it was a relatively basic 'utilitarian' off road vehicle unrecognisable from the luxurious 4x4 limousine that it has evolved into.

We have tested many vehicles in the Land Rover / Range Rover line up and always find them peerless. We tested the Range Rover Vogue SE to see if it retains its position as one of the world's most complete luxury vehicles.

Performance

There are two engine available, the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine mated to the ZF HP28 6-speed automatic transmission introduced in 2010. Developing 510PS and 625Nm torque the Supercharged LR-V8 will take the Range Rover from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 140mph.  Fuel consumption figures are urban 12.5 mpg, extra-urban 27.2mpg and 19mpg combined.

Our test car was fitted with the new, class-leading V8 diesel engine, with new 8-speed automatic transmission. The TDV8 4.4-litre engine with parallel sequential turbo-charging replaces the TDV8 3.6-litre engine and is unique to the Range Rover. This combination propels the Range Rover from 0 to 60mph in 7.5 seconds and it can accelerate from 50mph-70mph in just 4.0 seconds while the top speed increases from 125mph to 130mph. Fuel consumption figures are a very respectable urban 24.6mpg, extra-urban 34.5mpg and 30.1mpg combined.

Driver controls include steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift as standard enabling the driver to take control of gear shifting manually. The CommandShift lever is replaced by a rotary knob for selecting park, reverse, neutral, drive or sport modes, the last of these optimising the gearbox response times for maximum acceleration, improved response and sharper upshifts. The selector knob is flush with the centre console when the ignition is switched off, rising up when it is switched on. To avoid confusion, the Terrain Response Rotary Switch is replaced by a new Terrain Response Optimisation Switch.

Whilst the petrol engine is undeniably quick it is heavy on the fuel and we found that the TDV8's combination of brisk acceleration, good fuel consumption and satisfying engine grunt was an unbeatable combination.

Ride and Handling

The ride quality is exceptional both on and off-road, the air-suspension can make you feel a little sick at first but you soon get used to it.


Published : 10/03/11 Author : Melanie Carter

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