Comfort, space, performance and oodles of off-road ability, the Range Rover is the best there is, says expert car reviewer Andrew Frankel
Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 Vogue
This model from £78,095
There’s no point pushing it around the plate: the all-new Range Rover is the greatest luxury SUV the world has ever known. In spite of its huge price tag – and the Autobiography version costs even more at £94,695 – it provides a value-for-money blend of comfort, space, silken refinement and knock-out punch. That it manages all of this while somehow improving further still on the off-road ability of its highly regarded predecessor gives some idea of what Land Rover’s engineers have achieved with this car and why waiting lists are already inconveniently long.
In fact it’s better to think of this not as a luxurious SUV, but a limousine in the same mould as an S-class Mercedes that just also happens to provide an imperious driving position, a cabin design of world-class quality and an ability to simply keep going once the road runs out. With an unlimited budget, we could choose the supercharged 510bhp flagship but in fact the V8 diesel is quieter, more effortless, will go over half as far again on a tank of fuel and is only a little slower.
- Engine: 4367cc, 339bhp
- Top speed: 135mph
- 0-60mph acceleration: 6.5sec
- Claimed economy: 32.5mpg
- Insurance Group: 48 (1=low, 50=high)