Range Rover Vogue: Still leading the way

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IN VOGUE: Range Rovers are still the SUV market leaders. Credit: Tokumeigakarinoaoshima/Wikimedia

THERE was a time when you could only drive a Range Rover if you were part of the landed gentry.

Things have moved on, and Range Rover ownership now starts at about €34,000 for the Evoque and morphs through myriad hotels to this, the Range Rover TDV6 Vogue.

This full-fat version is now in its fourth incarnation and is still regarded as the pinnacle of luxury SUVs.

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Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce have fashioned expensive rivals but the Range Rover has lost none of its cachet.

Even populating the brand with new models such as the Velar, Sport and Evoque hasn’t dented the desirability of the biggest Range Rover of them all. It’s one of the best luxury cars money can buy.

The entry level TDV6 version is powered by a 258hp diesel engine which blasts 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds, and the official fuel economy now tops 40mpg.

If you demand more diesel grunt, the cheapest 4.4 litre V8 is another €19,000, roughly the same as the all-new, super-economical P400epetrol-electric PHEV version.

The crazy 5.0 litre V8 petrol starts at €133,000 and is somewhat behind the times in the new, environmentally-friendly Land Rover fleet.

An eight-speed automatic gearbox is now standard on the Rangey, with a raft of adaptive driving aids for every type of condition on and off the road.

These include the now ubiquitous Hill Descent Control and modes for snow, rock, or any off-road terrain you can think of.

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