First Drive

New Range Rover review, test drive

The all-new Range Rover has serious off-roading capabilities. But how does this luxury SUV fare on Mumbai's crowded roads?

DETAILS
6
photos

Forget the new Range Rover’s off-road ability for a minute and concentrate on what we’re going to take it through today. We have it for an entire day in the confines of Mumbai, and let’s face facts – Mumbai’s ‘beautifully’ surfaced roads and ‘organised’ traffic are the worst the Indian Range Rover is ever going to see. It’s a good thing then that this fourth-generation Range Rover is such a capable car.

The minute you climb inside, you know it’s special. You immediately settle into the 18-way powered seat (that has a massage function), realise that everything in the cabin here reeks of quality and the dashboard has been simplified to beautifully elementary levels. Special bits in the cabin include the inside door handles that feel like they’ve been moulded from a billet of aluminium and the touchscreen responds with the accuracy and eagerness of an iPhone.

Press the button to start the engine and the fully digital dials light up and eight diesel cylinders come to life with a distant, barely perceptible shudder. You also notice how little outside noise is getting in, and the little that is, you can easily drown out with the fantastic Meridian sound system.

It’s easy to manoeuvre this Goliath through traffic because, like all range Rover’s before it, the visibility is good and the electric steering is light and fluid in the way it operates. The window line is low and the seat places you where you can see the bonnet, rather than have you guess where it is.

Fact File

Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price Rs 1.79 crore ex-showroom, Delhi

Engine

Fuel Diesel
Installation Longitudnal
Type 4367cc V8 diesel
Power 334bhp at 3500rpm/
Torque 71.4kgm at 1750-3000rpm

Transmission

Type Four-wheel drive
Gearbox Eight-speed auto

Dimensions

Length 4999mm
Width 2073mm
Height 1835mm
Wheel base 2922mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 2360kg

Suspension

Front SLA suspension with twin lower links with air springs/ Adaptive Damping/ passive anti roll bar
Rear Integral link suspension with air springs/ Adaptive Damping/ passive anti roll bar

Brakes

Front 380mm ventilated discs
Rear 365mm ventilated discs

Performance

0-20 0.94
0-40 2.07
0-60 3.68
0-80 5.78
0-100 8.20
0-120 11.23
0-140 15.11

Acceleration in gear

20-80kph in 3rd gear 5.17 sec
40-100kph in 4th gear 6.13 sec

Economy

Tank size 105 litres
See more about:  range, rover, evoque, audi, q7, mercedes, ml

notSet

There’s a long list of great used cars that you can get at half the original price, and lots more drives in this July 2015 issue of Autocar India.
What's in this issue?

Most Read
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

Hyundai Creta review, test drive

Hyundai Creta review, test drive

3 days ago
Hyundai's much-anticipated mid-size SUV is here. Here's a brief impression...
Mercedes-Benz GLE review, test drive

Mercedes-Benz GLE review, test drive

Jun 23, 2015
The new Mercedes GLE will replace the M-Class in India later this year. We...
Mercedes Benz GLE350d coupe review, test drive

Mercedes Benz GLE350d coupe review, test drive

Jun 23, 2015
Impressions from behind the wheel of the sporty new GLE Coupé.
New Honda Accord review, test drive

New Honda Accord review, test drive

Jun 18, 2015
Big, comfortable and dependable, the Accord was once a favourite. Now...
New Honda Jazz review, test drive

New Honda Jazz review, test drive

Jun 13, 2015
Here is the full review, driving impression and specifications of the new...
Latest News
Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV Roadster confirmed
Lamborghini boss confirms a roadster twin of the 740bhp Aventador...
6 hours ago   1 picture
Nissan recalls 12,000 cars in India
Part of the global recall, models here include the Sunny sedan and the Micra...
11 hours ago   1 picture
Is India finally ready for hybrids?
With local assembly and a positive response, the Toyota Camry hybrid could...
13 hours ago   1 picture
Tata Nano AMT vs Maruti Alto K10 AMT comparison
We find out how the new Tata Nano AMT fares against the Maruti Alto K10 AMT
14 hours ago   11 pictures
Next-gen Mitsubishi Pajero Sport to get sharper styling
The new Pajero will sport the ‘Dynamic Shield’ face similar to...
17 hours ago   1 picture

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 191 | Autocar India: July 2015

There’s a long list of great used cars that you can get at half the original price, and lots more drives in this July 2015 issue of Autocar India.
Autocar Magazine