I was on my way to a press launch the other morning and just as I was getting to grips with the M6 motorway along with the other zillion people who use the M6 every day, I came across something really bizarre.
There was a lady driving what I think used to be a Vauxhall Corsa, but actually what it had been turned it was something that would not be out of place in a Star Wars movie. To be honest, it looked like it had been on an exciting trip to Halfords and some sort of ‘let’s get together and see if this piece of fake carbon fibre will make my car look like a Ferrari’.
Now let’s be fair here, I used to own a Corsa with a Ford RS whale tale welded to the back of it because I thought it looked cool. But, in reality it just made me look like a complete idiot. Also, I noticed the lady driving the Corsa was either the smallest person in the world or she was actually lying so far back in her seat that she was actually sleeping.
I even did a double take, just to make sure she was actually not asleep while driving. Of course we all know how it is – you’re late for work so why not just sleep in your car and then drive to work the next day. It will certainly deal with all the hassle of having to get up in the morning.
Anyway, this brings me neatly onto my test of the Range Rover Vogue SE TDV6. I am going to get straight to the point. I love it. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it – sorry, but that’s it. The new Range Rover TDV6 is brilliant. The End.
Ok, I understand I may be a little bias, but really it is brilliant. We hear all the time that by making cars like this we are melting all the ice caps and that all the Polar Bears are apparently moving to Surrey – but I can’t help it because it is so good. So in order to stick to my responsibilities as serious motoring journalist, here goes my review.
Did you know the first ever Range Rover was built in the seventies by British Leyland? Over the years, the Range Rover has been to a lot of parties in its life. Quick timeline: The second generation was actually built by Land Rover. The third was developed under the big umbrella we now call The Ford Motor Company – and this latest model comes from an Indian company called Tata. Interesting facts I hear you shout, but what does this have to do with how good the car is.
Well, because the Range Rover has been through a vast amount of talented companies and individuals – there ultimately is you’re answer. In a nutshell, a lot of very talented people have put in a lot of effort to make it one of the best 4X4 on the market.
On the outside:
The new Range Rover is big I know – but this new model has lost a lot of its colossal weight due to the body and chassis structure now being made from aluminium; which means less engine power is needed to haul it and you around. Then there is the inside where you benefit from all that vast space. If you ever do find yourself as a passenger you will immediately think you are sitting inside a football stadium and you’re the only fan.
For me personally, the TDV6 is the best model. There’s loads of torque and let’s not forget as a big car – it still manages a 0 – 62mph time of 7.4 seconds and if you press the floor pedal all the way you will nudge 130mph.
For me, the Range Rover was built for two reasons. First is its off-road prowess. You know it can drive through anything, be that mud, sand and even rocks or riverbeds.
It’s like that new Kitten you get for a family pet. No matter how hard you try to prise the little Devil from your curtains it just keeps gripping, just like a Range Rover. Also, let’s not forget The Range Rover can do all this on normal road tyres. Secondly, it was built to keep you and you’re family in a very luxurious and safe environment.
I am going to end my review now because I’m off out for another drive in my big but perfect companion. Do yourself a favour, go out and buy a Range Rover and do the same
Range Rover Vogue SE 3 litre SDV6
£ 80,650 including fitted options on test car
Cubic Capacity: 3.0 litres Diesel
Torque: 600Nm @ 2,000 rpm
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 7.4 sec
Urban Fuel: 33.2 mpg
Extra Urban: 37.2 mpg
Combined: 35.3 mpg
CO² Emissions: 213 g/km By Anthony Yates