The Land Rover Range Rover is already on its 43rd year but has only released its fourth generation model. The latest Range Rover is the L405 and has maintained the iconic 4x4’s revolutionary reputation. The vehicle diversifies its latest choices in its luxury, range-topper, and base models. In terms of the luxury market, the Land Rover is still on top thanks to its early and consistent entry in the industry. But how does it fare against other luxury cars and 4x4s that have tried to compete by providing a different alternative?
The Range Rover boasts of a luxurious interior: seats are electrically adjustable, covered in leather, and can be heated or cooled according to your preferred temperature. The design also speaks of absolute class, balancing wood with metal yet still able to include rubberised mouldings and plastic to the overall look. Space is generous even all the way to the back; the boot also features more than enough space at 2030-litres. Its minimum space is still large at 909 litres.
All seats are not just comfortable but also appropriately positioned. The driver’s seat and everything else is able to give a clear view beyond the thin pillars found across the bonnet. Don’t be fooled by the Range Rover’s large dimensions: you won’t have any problems positioning this car on the road. Similar vehicles such as the Audi Q& tend to be cumbersome on country roads, but the Range Rover is quite easy to position given the typical UK road conditions.
The Range Rover also promises a lot of power with the SDV8 Range Rover’s engine, able to achieve a 60mph sprint from standstill in just 6.5 seconds. The 4.4-litre V8 engine unit is just as impressive and its performance enhanced by the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox that allows it to spin on low revs. A minimum ample torque of 1750rpm is executed through the 516lb ft, enabling smooth cruising and a well-measured acceleration. Another impressive unit is the 3.0-litre V6 diesel in the TDV6 at 442lb ft in torque from 2000rpm and 255bhp. Performance is not just adequate, but the vehicle also motivated for the right kind of refinement. Although it doesn’t offer the same intimidation as a larger petrol or diesel engine, the V6 diesel does not falter in aspects such as its overtaking ability. Braking capability is also assured in the latest Range Rover thanks to the 380mm diameter ventilated front discs that boast of excellent pedal feel and retardation during track testing.
Most of the available engines are more than capable on the road, but it should be noted that the TDV6 unit does not include an active anti-roll system. As a result, the engine floats more than V8 engines. The lower weight does have its advantages, however, able to make the car feel more agile than it would on larger cars. But such a capability is comparable to the Porsche Cayenne’s similar engagement and interaction with specific road conditions. The Cayenne comes out as much more responsive and keen to the road surfaces. If you’re after a large vehicle that can handle such conditions, then you’ll have to reconsider the Range Rover against the Cayenne.
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