Range Rover review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Range Rover review onwards)


What – Rover 2013

Date – 2012

Where – Marrakech,

Price – £71,295 – £98,395

– January 2013

Now faster and than ever, the Range combines comfort and off-road like no other. And its new lighter, body is still instantly

We don’t like – Instrument and screens, luggage capacity match luxury saloons’, for the height to adjust when in and out.

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It’s 42 years since Rover introduced the first Rover. Now the fourth generation is to go on sale, we are left with the dilemma. What do you compare it

The easy answer is other big utility vehicles like the Q7, Mercedes ML or BMW X5. But the Range Rover successfully stands up against saloons, like the Jaguar XJ and S-Class. There are no basic of the Range Rover.

Every one is luxurious.

With starting beyond £70,000, as it should be. The new model is more than ever with readily attainable. There are sound reasons for the high tag.

Over the years the Rover had become increasingly and reliant upon brute to provide the performance. The 2013 is very different indeed, because the structure is now constructed from aluminium.


That gives a massive saving; 450kg is the headline though that’s slightly and the real figure is closer to when comparing like like. Still, it’s a saving.

The popular 4.4-litre V8 model gets a 10% hike in allowing the 3.0-litre V6 turbo from the Range Rover to slot in below. It’s new model that maximises the Rover’s weight saving.

The is obviously Range Rover, but obviously new. The roof is a lower, the screen raked more, the front wheels further forward. It looks majestic but far more modern.


Now the choice is not simply or diesel Range Rover, but V6 or V8. long a supercharged V6 petrol and a V6 diesel hybrid will be to the model lineup, but today the is whether the new 258hp V6 turbodiesel has the necessary to grace a Range

With 339hp, instant is always available

The base-line are good, promising similar to the old V8 turbo diesel, and on the road proves to be the case. You may need to the throttle harder and closer to the to do it, but the 3.0 TDV6 is very impressive.

For the acceleration doesn’t quite the magnificent pickup of the old V8, but it’s and likely to satisfy the majority of Rover drivers. Certainly who tolerated the abysmal BMW six-cylinder in earlier incarnations will the TDV6 a revelation.

The 4.4 SDV8 is though. Now with 339hp and torque, instant response is available. And then there is the supercharged V8 petrol engine 510hp.

It’s a barmy choice but one we can understand if you have Premier pockets.

There’s a new automatic that has so many gears that you fail to notice the changes slip seamlessly up and With a sport mode and shifters, there’s involvement too you can be bothered.

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and handling

We had to be bothered in Morocco. driving along miles of and through sand dunes, to rock climbs and river to scary tracks winding for an up the side of the Moroccan Atlas Land Rover forced us to see its new car could do.

There were when I questioned whether I was up for any more of this dirt with its sheer drops, of barriers and the occasional local down towards us. Yet the Range has such a suite of off-road only driver error was to spoil things.


For some years Land have had Terrain Response. a knob to sand, or rocks, or and so on, and electronics set the suspension, transmission, and hill control to the optimum It’s …-proof.

Except now you don’t even to twiddle the knob. The Range somehow works it all out for you, and it as formidable as ever in every situation.

There’s more to it this, though. Pitched luxury cars, the Range has to excel on ordinary roads and too. It does this too, settling down to a relaxed cruise even at with very little noise and a comfortable ride.


The interior may be all new but there is no the reassuringly solid dashboard. Yet it has with the button count by almost 50%, giving a more sophisticated appearance. room seems slightly and there’s a useful increase in legroom.

The lower roof doesn’t have much effect. Seat comfort in the is superb. Optional are Business seats – two plush individual with a wide centre

They are well served impressive climate control better than most get for front occupants.


The issue with Business is that the seats don’t forward, so no extension of the luggage is possible. And even regular Rovers get reclining rear in the back.

The cars we drove in all had optional luxury seats were as soft and reassuring as the There’s an issue with the on these though, they simply so large that smaller drivers found head pushed forward too

Start playing with the list and you’ll come the Meridian audio system offers 29 speakers and 1,700 It’s nice, though need full-fat CDs rather MP3 to really enjoy the benefits.

The is from Bridge of Weir. soft and sensuous and, a modest application of wood and the interior is tasteful and a full class contender.

Economy and

The headline story here is the which offers a 22% cut in emissions the old TDV8, to 196g/km. That into a combined economy of a figure closely matched by the computer on the test car in Morocco.

It makes the low-thirties we achieved in our 2.2-litre diesel Evoque even more disappointing. The Rover V8 turbo diesel now 32.5mpg with CO2 of 229g/km, and the V8 a more worrying 20.5 mpg and

The aluminium bodyshell isn’t as stiff as the previous model but Rover says it is safer ever. Certainly the list of features appears to measure up to of rivals.

The MSN Cars verdict

The new Rover is simply brilliant. The appeal of the interior has moved up the scale, matching the large saloons even if the luggage may not.

On the road the essential Rover DNA is all there, with off-road ability and great performance. It’s a car that’s to dislike.

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