Range Rover (MY 2021) interior
The Range Rover has the sort of interior to make you think ‘made it’ every time you get into it. It has less wow factor than a Mercedes though, if that’s your thing.
The materials used in the Range Rover are beyond compare. There’s leather everywhere, from the seats to the central console, the steering wheel and even the grab handles. It’s properly soft hide, too, so makes you feel like you’re in the lap of luxury. Even the door bins have carpeting.
The shiny aluminium trims for the windows and electrically adjustable seats feel beautiful, and everything works with a wonderfully damped action. Well, everything except the gearshift paddles, which feel plasticly and cheap. That’s a shame since they’re something you might interact with on almost every journey.
The centre of the dashboard is dominated by a two large touchscreens, through which all of the car’s functions are controlled.
The top screen allows you to operate the satellite-navigation, telephone, various cameras and the audio system.
The graphics are sharp and the screen nice and bright, but the small menu icons along the bottom of the screen are quite tricky to hit on the move. Also, the screen itself is a little laggy when you’re swiping and pressing between functions, or when you’re pinching and zooming, or scrolling a map.
Some shortcut buttons would also be welcome, because they would minimise the amount of time you’d be looking at the screen, and not at the road.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, so you’re better off hooking up your phone and using those systems instead, because they’re much easier to operate.
The lower screen allows you to operate the climate control system, and on the surface it’s pretty easy to suss out. However, you need to make just a couple of screen presses too many to adjust the system. It’s good, but not great.
Ahead of the driver sits a digital information display instead of conventional dials. You can configure this exactly how you want to using the buttons on the steering wheel, and it work perfectly well, but the similar system in the Audi Q7 feels and looks a touch slicker.
There are numerous USB ports and charging sockets throughout tthe cabin to allow you to hook up a whole range of devices.
You can also control some of the car’s functions through an app, so for example, you can pre-heat the car before you get into it on a cold day, or pre-cool it on a hot day.