Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

The Parkers Verdict: Range Rover VelarShould you buy a Range Rover?

Land Rover's flagship model has an appeal that's difficult ignore. It used to be described as the Rolls-Royce of SUVs, being seeing as that marque now has its own - the Cullinan - and Bentley also produces an SUV in the form of the Bentayga, the Range Rover's not even at the top of the luxury off-roading tree.

However, that overlooks many factors, not least the rightness of the Range Rover in countryside settings and its ability to traverse terrain that would put off anyone but goats, sheep and Land Rover Defender drivers. 

Additionally - and subjectively - climbing about and luxuriating in the surroundings of a Range Rover feels more special than in a Bentayga. Yes, there's quality craftsmanship in the Bentley, but there's also a lot of buttons and switches lifted straight from various Audis. Yes, some of the Range Rover interiors look gauche in their more lurid colour schemes, but in the main there's a self-assured status to the more traditional interiors. These are cars for people who know they've made it and want to quietly indulge in their status. The Rolls-Royce? Finer and more exclusive inside, certainly, but given it's triple the Range Rover's price, it's not a direct competitor.

So what of the Audi Q7, BMW X7 and the Mercedes-Benz GLS? All are built beautifully, have a wealth of high-end technology that makes the Range Rover's look less Apple and more Amstrad, plus they have significantly better reliability records. They are good cars and we can understand why you'd buy one.

But the Range Rover's blessed with that intangible X factor - it feels more special, you feel imperious driving one and whether you turn up at Ascot or Asda it requires no explanation or apology. As luxury SUVs (under £100,000) go, this is as good as it gets.

Further reading:

>> How good is the slinkiest Range Rover? Get under the Velar's skin with our review

>> Is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan worth spending £300,000 on? Our experts decide

>> How much is your car worth? FInd our with our comprehensive valuations tool

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