Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

David Williams Discovers That the New Range Rover Is a Top Contender If His Lotto Ticket Comes Up Trumps Business Motoring Not My New Dream Car

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

David Williams Discovers That the New Range Rover Is a Top Contender If His Lotto Ticket Comes Up Trumps Business Motoring Not My New Dream Car

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

IT had to happen. But so soon? For years the dreaded question (which of all the cars you've driven would you keep?) had proved difficult to answ er.

There simply was no allrounder that was great for stashing all of our holiday needs as well as being great on open, twisty roads, that was stylish but could fit the children's trikes, be great for nipping around London and good on long distances and so on.

It didn't quite exist.

And then, finally, along came BMW's fabulous X5 w hich did all the above and looked pretty good too in a Tonka-toy kind of way. Why, they even had a quick diesel version and the apparently unanswerable was answered, at the princely sum of [pound]34,000.

Now Land Rover has confused it all again by producing a second contender for my Lottowin scenario; the new Range Rover.

I knew almost as soon as I saw it that I'd found another dream car - but w hich one to choose?

The new Range Rover has so much going for it.

H ow many other vehicles do you scale as though mounting a horse?

Which others combine so effortlessly that aloof yachting-club ambience with rugged tough-guy charm ?

I switched it on and wafted out into the London rush hour, admittedly a little wobbly at first; who, after all, is used to driving several feet above road level with a steering wheel that feels as if it's connected as a tiller on a fishing boat?

Once mastered, how ever, the steering fell nicely into place and the car's other qualities shone through, too.

It's a bit like driving a Rolls-Royce on stilts; quiet, very refined, smooth and imperious with all the controls w orking as though their connecting elements had been coated in fine oil.

Sure, it felt large, especially in the tighter Chelsea back roads, but the bulk was well contained despite the new model being larger and heavier than the old one. …

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