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Range Rover is undisputed king of the SUVs 


IF you want the best SUV on the market there is no point looking for anything else other than a Range Rover and if you also want the best in luxury I’ve just driven the ideal vehicle for you.

The new Range Rover comes with a choice of petrol and diesel engines and in various trim levels.

I sampled one of the top models – a 3.0 TDV6 Autobio-graphy – and became a BIG fan of it.

That’s hardly surprising because there are so many admiring features on offer in this vehicle that you cannot fail to be impressed.

Okay, it’s not cheap. Prices range from £71,295 to £98,395 and the test model’s tag was £87,895.

If you’ve got that sort of money to splash out on wheels then you won’t be disappointed with what you get.

Step into the cavernous interior and everything is quality – upwards from the lush carpeting.

The driver’s seat, and all passengers ones as well, are extremely comfortable and there is excellent all-round vision from your high seating position.

I won’t list the many luxury items in this model, which included top audio equipment, eight-inch touch-screen and electric tailgate, but I did get to enjoy the multimode seat massage as it rippled along my back.

With over 118mm more legroom than the outgoing model, rear passengers enjoy a vast amount of space with electric sliding rear seats another feature on this model.

The test car had the smallest powered engine in the range – others are a petrol 5-litre V8 Supercharged and a 4.4-litre V8 diesel – but it packed a powerful punch.

Acceleration was instant when required through a super eight-speed automatic gearbox and it is one of the quietest performers when cruising at motorway speeds.

It really was surprisingly quick for a model of this size with the 254bhp engine boasting a zero to 60mph time of 7.4 seconds and a 130mph top speed.

If you opt for this highly efficient engine then you will also reap the benefits of some amazing fuel consumption figures – 33mpg urban, 40mpg extra urban and 38mpg combined.

The new Range Rover is the world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium body and this has also brought better handling, which again couldn’t be faulted on this big vehicle which showed high marks on agility.

My on-road experience was thoroughly enjoyable but if you need to venture off the tarmac, which I didn’t on this occasion, this is a 4×4 that is much more than capable.

Equipped with all the latest body and chassis technologies, it has the ability to be as rugged or smooth perfor-mer as you need it to be.

This fourth-generation Range Rover has smoother looks without losing its muscular stance and also boasts a quality finish inside and out to more than match most luxury cars.