- New 3.0-litre diesel impressive
- Luxury travel
- State-of-the-art technology
- Sheer capability
- Some road focused 4x4s have better handling
The all-new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is the fourth generation of the iconic off-roader. While the looks may be similar (the British company says this is an evolution of the car) there are many very significant changes.
Firstly the Range Rover is made predominantly from aluminium, reducing weight by a huge 420kgs overall when compared with the outgoing V8 diesel model. For the first time it comes with the option of a 3.0-litre V6 diesel fitted with stop/start technology.
Range Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system (the dial that selects which mode is best for off-roading) now comes with a default auto mode whereby the car works out the conditions and applies the best setting itself.
This is all part of ensuring that the new Range Rover does two things well: provide a luxurious ride on-road, and be the most capable 4x4 off-road.
Three engines and three trims
The new Range Rover is offered with three engines: a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, a 4.4-litre V8 diesel and a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol, and all come with four-wheel drive.
The V6 diesel comes with stop/start technology and there’s also a hybrid Range Rover on offer with an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. All engines are fitted with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that provides smooth, quiet gear changes.
There are also three trim levels starting with the Vogue, moving up to the Vogue SE and then the Autobiography which tops the range. Choose petrol and it comes in the Autobiography trim only.
On and off road performance
The Range Rover has always provided a commanding drive thanks to the high driving position and seemingly effortless power as soon as you touch the accelerator.
The driving position remains the same and out on the road both engine and wind noise is further reduced to deliver a serene driving experience, which is particularly noticeable at motorway speeds.
Off the road the new Terrain Response 2 system has an automatic mode that works out the conditions under-wheel and selects the best mode to deal with those conditions. This can include automatically raising the ride height to improve ground clearance.
However, selecting low range has to be done manually and is needed to tackle rock crawling or towing a trailer over difficult terrain.
The Range Rover has always aimed to provide a luxurious cabin and the new version brings further enhancements to deliver a premium interior for passengers.
There is a new, larger eight-inch touch screen in the central console, there is less clutter around the driver thanks to a 50% reduction in buttons and dials and there is a new panoramic roof that creates a light and airy interior.
Read the full Land Rover Range Rover review to find out whether the all-new 4x4 is good enough to beat luxury saloons and 4x4s.