Land Rover waited a while to install the smallest engine the Coventry plant produces into its flagship Range Rover, but now the TDV6 has arrived we can’t help thinking it’s actually the pick of the range. Here’s why.
What is it?
Quite possibly the best car ever made. You’ve probably heard a lot about the new Range Rover. Most car magazines bang on about how brilliant it is, how it’s the best 4×4 ever, how it rivals a Rolls-Royce for luxury, and how it can make fresh bread for you in the morning. Ok, that last one’s a lie, but the rest of it is true.
What is it like to drive?
Relaxing. If you want to know what it’s like being a lorry driver, buy a Range Rover – the driving position in terms of height and stature are much the same. There’s something quite settling about being so high up and when you can see over the top of traffic you somehow feel safer. This is the TDV6 powered model – the smallest engine in the range, but don’t let that put you off. This is by no means the poor man’s choice – in fact it’s the one we’d go for. As Land Rover has managed to shed so much weight from this iteration of the infamous Chelsea tractor, the TDV6 offers the same performance as the last generation’s TDV8 powered model. Plus there are some healthy benefits at the pumps too.
What is it like inside?
Like Buckingham Palace. We can see why Her Maj likes them so much because there’s nothing like it on four wheels that probably makes her feel quite as home. The leather is soft, the carpets thick and the wood burnished. It’s got three TVs, reclining seats in the front and back that warm and cool your derriere and the driving position is perfect. Just think of the inside of a Range Rover as like piloting your lounge from your armchair, it’s probably got similar proportions…
Is it practical?
Without doubt. It is incredibly capable off-road, has acres of room inside and the split tailgate to a cavernous boot makes it extremely useful. As a family car it has little equals, but then there is the small issue of price. You could buy a small flat for the same price as the Range Rover in some parts of the country and that may put a few people off. Sorry, a lot of people off.
Should I buy one?
If you can afford a new one then, unquestionably, yes. However, if you’re not too worried about having the latest, there are some cracking deals to be had on used models. There are few other car market segments where buyers are more worried about having the latest model than this, which means many existing owners have been chopping in their low mileage old shape Rangies for a new one. What’s more there are still some dealers with old stock knocking around which means there are great bargains to be had. Check out some of them on Motors.co.uk here.
Range Rover TDV6
List price: £87,910 (as tested)
Engine: 3.0-litre, six cylinder diesel
Power: 258bhp, 600Nm
Top speed: 130mph
0-60mph: 7.4 seconds
Fuel economy: 37mpg (combined)
Emissions: 196g/km CO2
Euro NCAP rating: Five stars