The Range Rover isn’t just super luxurious, it’s one of the very best off-roaders you can buy. Unfortunately, this tempting combination doesn’t come cheap…
The Range Rover should be right at the top of your shopping list if you’re looking for a hugely luxurious SUV that’s supremely comfortable and seriously capable off-road.
The current Range Rover was launched in 2012 and updated in 2017 with some new headlights and a revised dashboard with a brand-new infotainment system.
Most of the stylish interior remains unchanged, however. Almost everything comes with a soft leather, plush carpet or cold-to-the-touch aluminium finish and its slick triple-screen infotainment system gets satellite navigation, voice controls and a portable wifi hotspot as standard. It’s sharp, responsive and feels much more modern than the system in a Mercedes GLS.
The Range Rover also betters the Mercedes for back-seat space – especially in long-wheelbase models. There’s more than enough room for your tallest friends to stretch out, and you can even get top-spec Autobiography models with two luxurious armchair-like seats instead of a traditional three-seat rear bench.
It’s not just people the Range Rover can carry in comfort – its boot’s absolutely massive, too. There’s space for a few large golf bags with the back seats in place and room for two bikes if you fold them away.
Driving the Range Rover off-road feels like uprooting a Victorian mansion and dropping it in the middle of a muddy field – it’s a slightly ridiculous but oddly addictive experience
Even if you fill the boot to the brim, the Range Rover’s petrol and diesel engines are powerful enough to pull it quietly along at motorway speeds. There’s a V6 diesel that’s ideal if you do a mix of motorway and city driving, and it’s worth investigating the hybrid version if you rarely venture out of town.
If that doesn’t sound particularly exciting you can get a 510hp supercharged petrol V8 model but it’s expensive to buy and burns fuel faster than an oil tanker that’s sprung a leak.
Whichever model you pick, you’ll find the Range Rover hugely relaxing to drive. Standard-fit air suspension softens the blow of large potholes impressively well and helps keep its vast body level in tight corners – though it’s not as fun to drive as a Porsche Cayenne.
Unlike the Porsche, the Range Rover is a serious off-roader, and comes with plenty of features designed to keep you safe if you head off the beaten track. Its clever four-wheel-drive system helps each tyre maximise grip on slippery surfaces and the suspension keeps its bulky body stable over the trickiest of rocky terrain.
Combine these features with the new standard-fit automatic emergency braking system that’ll try to stop the car automatically if it senses an obstacle ahead and the new Range Rover is one of the safest large luxury SUVs on sale. It certainly offers a blend of luxury and off-road ability that few cars can match.