Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Icon Still King of the Hills and Highways ; after Four Decades the Range Rover Is Still Ahead New All- Aluminium Models Much Lighter

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Icon Still King of the Hills and Highways ; after Four Decades the Range Rover Is Still Ahead New All- Aluminium Models Much Lighter

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IMUST confess straight from the start this road test may be a little biased.

For more than 30 years one of the cars I have most admired and desired has been the Range Rover - even though I once actually owned one and the experience turned out to be a disaster. As a schoolboy I remember seeing the very first of what was a revolutionary new type of car on a TV show in the late 1960s.

A cross between a Land Rover and an up-market saloon the car was an instant hit - despite its relatively high price (as now).

Range Rover owners of today will be amazed to learn the very first two door versions had rubber carpets and washable seats as the car was designed for welloff farmers who could hose out the interior after a hard day in the fields before taking mrs farmer to the shops.

Moving on over 40 years and boy how things have changed. Yes the 2013 Range Rover is still king of the 4x4 hill and still an aspirational vehicle for many, but rubber mats and wipe down upholstery are definitely things of the dim and distant past.

Our test car was a 3.0L TDV6 Vogue SE auto (the new entry level engine) and with optional extras of a full-length sliding panoramic glass roof, electrically folding tow hook and rear seat TVs and entertainment package its on the road price is Pounds 77,910.

But what a machine! You can see why Jaguar Land Rover can't make these cars quick enough with the Far East in particular taking every one customers can get their hands on.

The winning formula of that original 1969 Range Rover has been improved again and again over the years to culminate in this amazing vehicle.

The latest, and most radical, development is all-aluminium construction (a first for any SUV with glue and rivets only - no welding) which means the latest RRs are a huge 420kg lighter than their predecessor and can hit a shade over 40 mpg.

I can tell you, as the one-time owner of a 10-years-old, 3,500cc V8 petrol Mk1, you would have been laughed out of the pub if you had claimed a Range Rover would ever achieve such mileage. …

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