The valet opens the massive door and invites us to climb aboard: "Good day Sirs, welcome to your driving room". We then literally climb aboard, with the cabin's floor sitting at a considerable distance from the ground - he's forgotten to select the "access height" position of the air suspension again, next time we'll fire him.
Once we are in, we're greeted by a sea of fine leather and a calm breeze of wood trimming.That's right, sitting inside the Rang Rover feels like a trip to the seaside. You're an armchair, and the rest of the elements are low and far away, just like on a beach.
Even the sun is allowed to come with with an extreme generosity, as the glass house of the Range Rover is proverbial. This, together with the height of the car and driving position, offers he driver the visibility of a lifeguard.
You can play in the sand wherever you want, as both the front and the rear seats offer tons of space - the rear seats are also reclining.
However, if you close your eyes and use your tactile sense, you'll be taken from the beach to the Ritz, as the materials used are some of the finest a car has ever seen. The cabin of the Range Rover is where you should go if you want to see how the vehicle's price is justified. To get this kind of space and material quality elsewhere, you'll have to pay much more.
Now open your eyes and start playing with the gadgets: the touch-screen display and the pop-up gear shift selector, both borrowed from sister company Jaguar, teleport you to the digital world. We said digital, not virtual, because when you start touching the rest of the cabin, you instantly realize you're in the real world, with everything being solid despite the softness.
The Range Rover uses its boxy shape to conceal one of the best interiors of the automotive world, which feels as fresh as it did when it was released in 2002, thanks to the multiple changes brought by the revamps introduced meanwhile.Continue reading