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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?

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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
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