An elite motor in a league of its own

As every car lover knows, the Range Rover is great to drive. Now, it’s become just as good to be driven in, says Tom Phillips in AutoExpress. The new LWB (long-wheel-base) SDV8 model is the perfect choice if you prefer to be driven around by a chauffeur.

Climbing in to this enormous car is “quite a mountaineering feat”, says Phillips, even with the suspension lowered into “access mode”. But once you’re in, the experience is one few other luxury cars can match.

The original is hardly short of space, but the LWB is even more generous with both leg and head room, and from your seat you get “a commanding view” of your surroundings.

The best word for the experience is “imperious”, says Alistair Weaver on MSNCars.com. From your commanding position in the “beautiful cabin” you are wafted along in near silence, and the sophisticated air suspension cushions the blows of even the most pitted road surface.

And “on the odd occasion when sir or madam should care to demonstrate their wheelmanship”, the Range Rover “will be most happy to oblige”. Its sheer bulk means it must be handled with care, but it can be “hustled along with glee, even on twisty roads for which you might think it ill-suited”. For such a giant SUV, the handling and performance are “a revelation”.

The Range Rover was already a brilliant car, but the LWB model “helps it climb into the elite class”, says Weaver. It’s in in a league all of its own.

Price: £102,120
Engine: 4.4-litre V8 turbodiesel
Power: 335bhp
Top speed: 135mph
0-60mph: 6.6 seconds
Economy: 32.5mpg
Carbon dioxide: 229g/km

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