With it's aluminium chassis the fourth generation Range Rover is 420 kg lighter than it's predecessor and, coupled with efficient new diesel engines, it's more frugal than any previous Range Rover.
We’re breaking into new territory here. This lightweight aluminium monocoque-bodied flagship has done what all Range Rovers have done from the very first model – it’s moved the technology on to leave the competition dead in its tracks. Step inside this fiercely-accelerating drawing room and relax in the classicly modern furnishings while the world outside whispers past the window. Press the pedal enthusiastically to see the traffic that was ahead of you dissolving mysteriously into the rear view mirror. And it all happens silently, save for the subtly tuned exhaust note that reminds you that this stately home on wheels goes like the devil. All that, and 36mpg from the V6 diesel, about the same from the V8 diesel, and somewhat less from the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol, all driving through an eight-speed auto box.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
As with any new model, teething problems can be expected and Land Rover is always hot on the case of correcting any that arise. But any early issues are immaterial, given that all vehicles are still under manufacturer’s extended warranty, and it would be inappropriate to attempt to predict future reliability. But we’ll take a punt on it being competitively reliable if properly maintained. Climate control system might be over-complicated.
REASONS TO BUY
You want everything: performance, comfort, handling, silence, fuel economy, prestige, opulence, off-road competence, massive safety, all the gadgets you can think of, and you want it in a Land Rover. Definitely one of the world’s best vehicles. Pay up, and look very big.
REASONS TO AVOID
Largest wheel sizes compromise the ride quality.
3-litre V6 (258 bhp) and 4.4-litre V8 (339 bhp) turbo-diesel engines;
supercharged 5-litre V8 petrol (510 bhp).
Eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Average: £39,000 – £45,000
Good: £45,000 – £64,000
Excellent: £64,000 – £100,000+