Driving a Range Rover 4×4
Those that know, tell of an amazing driving experience when taking the wheel. The first impression to grab you is the car’s huge size. The Range Rover dominates the road and it’s elevated driving position allows you to literately look down on other drivers.
The second thing to attract your attention is the high level of specification. The new Range Rover is now far removed from it’s agricultural ancestors from the 1970’s and comes with all gadgets and comforts you would expect from a high end luxury saloon, such as Sat Nav, cruise control, onboard computer and even massaging seats. Also, if you want to tinker with anything, it will have a button to do it for you with electrical adjustable seats, mirrors, suspension settings and heating.
The specification extends to what you can’t see, boasting full traction control, ten airbags, including side airbags, ABS and immobiliser.
Once you settle in behind the wheel and fire up the engine you are then struck by the sheer power at your disposal. The 4.2 litre supercharged engine produces a massive 390 BHP and is ready to launch you from a standing start to 60 MPH is under seven seconds. Should the opportunity arise on an Autobahn or on a track day, it will astound you by reaching a top speed of 147 MPH.
Its on the motorway the best can be found when driving the Range Rover Sport. The magnificent 4.2 litre engine devours the miles with little effort while all the passengers sit in luxury watching the scenery change around them. The response from the engine is superb and leaves you in no doubt you have the power for the job despite the Range Rover’s size. The manoeuvrability of the Sport is also good and with the elevated stance, great visibility and light touch steering means you don’t have to be a brute to keep the car in check. All road parking sensors also help when in amongst traffic in tight spots.
No, the Range Rover wasn’t just carved from granite, it started its life in 1970 as a luxury variant of the iconic Land Rover and was marketed as ‘A Car For All Reasons’. It quickly established itself as the first choice of those who needed the 4×4 practicality but craved for a little refinement and luxury not available in most 4×4 solutions. From there, the Range Rover became an icon in it’s own right and has gone from strength to strength.
Why Drive a 4×4?
The practicality of the 4×4 in a city or town can be difficult. Their sheer size means storing them and driving in congested areas can be difficult so hiring them for the weekend becomes a more viable option. Out of the large cities however the 4×4 is a much more sensible option. It is easy to get children in and out of the back of a 4×4 and the size of the boot enables those supermarket trips to become a lot simpler.
Driving in harsh conditions can be better in a 4×4 with the added stability and knowing the 4×4 technology is ready for when you encounter an unadopted road or dirt track is a bonus for a family car. A 4×4 will infuse a sense of adventure and daring as you know nothing will get in your way as you disappear into the country for a weekend away or a family jaunt to Europe.
The Range Rover Sport has many competitors, but no equals. The BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne and Audi A7 all fight with the Range Rover Sport to a slice of the luxury 4×4 market and all have their merits. However none are able to offer the heritage of the Range Rover Sport, and with the BMW and Audi especially frequently changing their design, none have the market stability of the Range Rover. The popularity of the Range Rover is testament to it’s durability and timeless looks and will continue to be so long after the X6, Cayenne and A7 have been consigned to the history books.
The Driving Experience
The Range Rover is more than just another luxury 4×4. It’s more than just a status symbol. It says something about who you are and where you want to be, and more importantly, how you will not compromise in getting there.