Fast, smooth and ready for action
Sumptuous fit and finish, and easy to use
Everything you'll ever need
Feels beautifully built, though Land Rover doesn't have the best mechanical record
Limo-like for passengers, with a huge boot for their stuff
Everything you'd expect for the money
The Range Rover is both fabulously smooth and remarkably agile for a two-tonne, top-heavy SUV. On Tarmac it glides more smoothly than most luxury saloons, yet it changes direction quickly and accurately, while its solid grip and quiet cabin make it feel solid as a rock. The 3.0 V6 diesel is fast and strong, but its body does tend to lurch slightly on sharp bends or quick stops; the V8 4.4 and 5.0, however, are both extremely well controlled as well as super-quick (the 5.0, which is supercharged, absurdly so).
The Range Rover's luxurious driving experience is reflected inside the cabin. Everything you see and touch is sumptuous and a match for any other luxury car. Most of the major functions are controlled with clearly marked knobs and dials, and the touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use and understand. The driving position is incredibly comfortable and the high-up seat gives a fantastic view out. This, latest, version of the Range Rover is considerably more spacious than any of its predecessors, with vast amounts of room for occupants and a huge boot for their luggage. The split tailgate - whose bottom half can be dropped flat to so you can use it as a seat or a large shelf when you're parked up - remains a nice touch. All three trim levels come with the sort of equipment you'd expect for this price, and there are lots of cost options to if you want even more gadgets and special features, including two separate rear seats instead of a single bench.
Range Rovers haven't exactly had a glittering reputation for reliability, and it's too soon to say whether this new model will enjoy a better record. In the meantime, the Range Rover does promise excellent safety provision. All versions get several highly sophisticated electronic systems to keep you on the straight and narrow, whether you're in the urban jungle or the real one. There are numerous airbags, too, which have helped the Range Rover achieve the maximum five stars in crash tests by Euro NCAP, including 91% for adult safety and 84% for children. As you'd hope, anti-theft technology is state-of-the-art.
No other car so brilliantly combines genuinely go-anywhere ability with limo-style luxury, so if this is what you're after, the Range Rover is the car for you - if you have the budget: the Range Rover is expensive to buy and to run (though the 3.0 V6 diesel manages a relatively respectable 37.7mpg). It should hold its value reasonably well, however.