The generation change has brought an increase in length for the Range Rover and since this wasn’t the most compact car on Earth, one could expect the new model to be inferior to its predecessor in terms of city driving. Nevertheless, the extra length can easily be neglected thanks to the fact that the Range Rover has been put on a severe diet.
The biggest problem with driving the old model in urban environments was the fact that many of the swift movements required by this kind of traffic made the car uncomfortable. Now the Range Rover feels much lighter on its feet, it’s no longer intimidated by the chaotic and abrupt city driving patterns.
Before you consider tackling city center in a Range Rover, we should explain that in this car parking is still a job that takes time. Land Rover may have added an automated parallel parking system, but the automotive industry hasn’t reached a level that allows this kind of developments to be perfectly usable in the real world - when things get complicated, this aid doesn’t make any difference.
The Range Rover has also gotten quieter and in the city this means that driving it feels like you’ve never left home, such is the level of refinement. As for the frequent stops included in everyday driving, the Range Rover’s improved cabin access makes these easier to manage.
Land Rover’s creation is now more efficient, but this only means that it’s less of a gas guzzler and the city is the area where you’ll be most bothered by this.
You’re getting loads of muscle for all that burned gas though. It’s way more than you need for urban driving. The Supercharged model we drove has ridiculous power resources for the city: if there’s a fly on the accelerator pedal and you squash it, you’ll be traveling at double the speed limit.
The fourth generation of the Range Rover is more capable inside the city compared to the one it replaces. You still have to face the sheer size of the car, which is now even larger, but the overall experience makes sustained efforts to compensate for this. Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
I liked the old Range Rover, it was one of my favorite cars. Many said it was just a lump of metal, but they were wrong - this new one is actually just a lump of aluminum! This is one of the worst expensive new cars I’ve driven in quite a while.
Read the full opinion and flame the editor →