The current Range Rover isn’t long for this world. The proliferation of lightly-disguised prototypes driving around Jaguar-Land Rover’s Warwickshire base is enough to remind you of that.
The longevity of the current model is testament to how well-executed it was in the first place. A decade is a long time for any car to be on sale, and though the Range Rover has gained exterior detail changes, new engines and new equipment levels, it’s largely the car it was back in 2002.
Its appeal hasn’t diminished in that time either. We’re not too keen on the ‘bling’ front grille and smaller headlights of current models, but the overall shape is restrained and tasteful, despite its size. In a day where curves rule, there’s something refreshing about the straight lines and squared-off edges.
That grants the car large windows too, which make for outstanding visibility. The lofty driving position helps, and perched high above other traffic with your chunky dashboard and large steering wheel, it’s hard not to feel quite regal. Wind noise is apparent, a side effect of the relatively brick-like aerodynamics.
The engine can be heard too, though the muted V8 tone isn’t unpleasant. Gearchanges from the 8-speed auto are imperceptible as the 313bhp turbodiesel V8 wafts you down the road. If you ever want to experience a luxuriously-appointed house doing a 0-60mph sprint, then planting your foot to the carpet will get you there in 7.5 seconds.
Space and practicality are never in doubt. The boot is huge, the seats are supremely comfortable and the large cabin has a sense of airiness found in few other vehicles. With Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, you’re unlikely to get stuck in adverse weather, either.
Less practical is the fuel consumption, though if you’re spending over £90,000 on an off-roader, as with our Autobiography-spec car, then an official mpg of 30.1 and mid-twenties in regular driving probably isn’t much of a concern…
Price as tested: £90,595
Combined mpg: 30.1
CO2: 253 g/km
You have to wonder where Land Rover can go with the next Range Rover, as for the market it’s aimed at, the current model is virtually perfect anyway. Doubtless the new one will have improved fuel economy, even greater luxury and enough gadgets to make Q-branch green with envy.
It may be worth waiting for the new model now, but we can’t really dissuade you from buying the current model either. If you want a luxury 4x4 - or indeed a luxury car in general - there are few better vehicles.
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