The Range Rover is set to receive a new generation this year, but the current one is still on top of its game, as it never rests on any laurels, always being ready to double one asset with another that's just as important. It's extremely capable at tackling the roughest terrains in the world, but this doesn't mean that it ruins the tarmac experience - it actually offers a smooth, progressive experience on the road.
It looks extremely imposing, being just as suitable for exclusive events as it is for pulling other cars out of the mud and under those conservative styling cues, it hides an interior that raises to the standard set by some of the world's most luxurious players.
While at EUR107,700 (USD136,600 at the current exchange rates) our test car, which came with a 4.4-liter V8 diesel engine and used the Vogue equipment level (this is slotted under the Autobiography one) might seem expensive, we have to tell you that it's worth every penny for all the aforementioned reasons.
And as a whole, the Range Rover is greater than the sum of its parts: this is car that suitable for all occasions, with the exception of city driving. where you just can't admire the efforts it does to make up for its size.
The vehicle's weakness is its weight, as it can get close to three tons in certain configurations and all that mass affects every aspect of the driving, from braking, acceleration and handling to fuel efficiency.
However, while we were driving the car, we couldn't help feeling extremely pleased by the this role of moving three tons of steel around with our toe. This is one of the last cars of this kind, as the new generations will lose some serious weight, which turns this weight disadvantage into an aspect that makes you love the car even more.
Should you go for the 4.4-liter diesel V8? It's an incredibly refined and muscular powerplant, but we only recommend it if you're really serious about extreme off-roading or very preoccupied by your carbon footprint.
For the rest of the people, we declare the supercharged petrol V8 the winner. We also drove this version of the car: it's not only more powerful, but it feels tighter all-round, which is why we bough the car after the test.
In fact, the Range Rover feels like it's running on neither petrol nor diesel, but on cold, blue blood.Continue reading