Excellent off-road ability, big power and unprecedented luxury make the Range Rover a worthy rival to any luxury saloon
Nothing is quite like a Range Rover. It has long been the luxury SUV benchmark, and even rivals luxury limousines for upmarket style, grace and refinement. Its regal image, exquisite interior, powerful engines and unrivalled off-road ability make it the go-to vehicle for those who want a luxury car that can do it all.
Like-for-like rivals are actually few and far between, and span everything from the Porsche Cayenne to the Mercedes S-Class. At the top of the range, the top-spec SVAutobiography version competes with the Bentley Bentayga.
There’s lots of hi-tech kit on board, including adjustable driving modes that help with varying terrain. But, the car’s real trick is to tackle all sorts of off-road terrain while surrounding you with a sumptuous, leather-lined interior and luxury car comfort.
Alongside the Vogue model are the Vogue SE, Autobiography and SVAutobiography versions – the latter two are also available in long-wheelbase guise – adding even more features to an already generous standard equipment list.
If it’s more performance you’re after, Jaguar Land Rover’s SV division also offers the SVAutobiography Dynamic; it’s a standard-wheelbase car that gets the SVAutobiography’s tuned supercharged V8 petrol engine, in 542bhp trim, but has a more focused chassis to deliver greater agility in the twisty stuff.
There’s virtually no rival that can match the Range Rover’s multi-tasking ability, as the big British 4×4 combines its posh, upmarket image and imposing looks with incredible all-road capability.
Range Rover SDV6 Vogue SE
The Range Rover was first introduced in 1970 as a luxury alternative to the agricultural Land Rover, and it wasn’t until Mercedes launched the M-Class in 1997 that any car maker offered a similar rival. While the original was built for 26 years, this is now the fourth generation model, which was introduced in late 2012.
It comes in standard (SWB) and long wheelbases (LWB), although the LWB is only available on higher-specification cars. The trim range starts with Vogue, then goes through Vogue SE, Autobiography and SVAutobiography trims. However, this top-spec version is significantly more expensive than an Autobiography model with the same engine and offers more in-depth personalisation options.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5