Under the bonnet our test vehicle was powered by a V8 diesel engine with an output of 200bhp and it has a maximum torque of 640Nm at 2,000rpm, which means overtaking is child’s play. Even though the Range Rover is quite a weighty 4x4 the 200bhp plus the high torque give the vehicle lots of power making it a very easy vehicle to drive even in difficult conditions. The figures are fair for a vehicle of this size, it will get from zero to 60mph in 8.0 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph. the engine is very smooth and refined which makes long journeys a boon.
The Range Rover rides brilliantly – it’s as if you’re sitting on your favourite armchair - it negotiates potholes and road bumps as if they weren’t there. However get your braking done well before the corners, as the Range Rover can feel a bit ungainly as there will be quite a bit of body roll if you drive through bends enthusiastically. On the motorway the Range Rover eats up the mileage and the driver and passengers get to spend the journey in utter comfort. The Range Rover is a brilliant vehicle for off-roading thanks to its permanent four-wheel drive. It will tackle the toughest of surfaces and get through with minimal effort. The E-diff gives the Range Rover brilliant traction when pulling away from stop when you are on the rough stuff.
When you are spending just under £70,000 on a vehicle you want the best and this is what you get when you purchase a Range Rover. Inside the vehicle is luxurious. The plastics used on the dash are of the highest quality as is the leather that adorns the seats. The switchgear feels solid and also has a look of class about it. The Range Rover has a standard three-year warranty with unlimited mileage from the date of purchase.
As expected the Range Rover is equipped with lots of safety kit making it one of the most safest 4x4’s on the market. It has four-channel all terrain Anti-lock Braking System with all round disc brakes. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with trailer compensation all as standard. There’s airbags aplenty to keep the driver and passengers safe in the event of an accident, you have them located in the dash and the steering wheel, there are head airbags for both the driver and the front passenger and rear passengers, the driver also gets a knee airbag too. The Range Rover has also got reversing sensors and the rear camera comes on automatically when you choose reverse on the auto’ gearbox.
The Range Rover has got lots of space for passengers up front and two adults in the rear. The driving position gives a brilliant view of the road ahead and the Bi-xenon adaptive front lighting aid you when traveling at night. These also swivel when you turn into junctions spreading the light to give an even greater view of the road. Our test vehicle had a Harmon/Kardon entertainment system fitted into the Range Rover and it should prove great for rear passengers to break up their journey as they can watch a DVD or plug in MP3 players and listen to music. The system also works as a sat-nav to aid the driver and this kit has both on and off-road functions to navigate you across any terrain.
The Range Rover V8 Vogue SE on test was priced at £69,495 but we also had a number of optional extras on board. These included Active rear locking differential at £446, DVD twin screen rear entertainment system priced from £2,400, Four-zone air con at £1,050 and the Venturecam from £400. This car emitted 294g/km of CO2 but before you wince Land Rover offsets the carbon emissions for the first 45,000 miles of the vehicles life as they are involved in projects which include renewable energy, technology change and energy efficiency initiatives.