Range Rover 3.0L

TDV6 Autobiography

Range Rover, front
Range Rover, front
Range Rover, front
Range Rover, side
Range Rover, side
Range Rover, interior
Range Rover, rear
Range Rover, interior

I'M not quite sure what ‘living the life of Riley' actually means but I think I've come pretty close swanning around in a car that costs almost £100,000.

It's the Range Rover Autobiography - Land Rover's flagship model - and it's certainly a worthy recipient of any title or plaudit that comes its way thanks to imposing styling, luxurious comfort, blistering performance and innovative technology.

The Range Rover looks amazing from any angle. It's commanding yet very refined with every attention to detail.

Eye-catching styling traits include 21-inch ten-spoke alloys, a panoramic roof, privacy glass, adaptive xenon headlights with LED signature lighting, a gesture tailgate, an electrically-deployable tow-bar and soft closing doors.

Inside there's a warm, welcoming and beautifully crafted environment complete with every possible luxury imaginable.

The seats are exceptionally comfortable and even the rear seats can be electrically-adjusted and heated or ventilated.

Up front the driver and passenger have an additional massage feature and the passenger can also watch TV or a DVD on the dual view screen whilst the driver only sees the standard readouts and data.

Techno treats are plentiful and include the likes of a 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, DAB radio, a premium sat nav set-up, Bluetooth and all the connectivity facilities you could wish for.

Then there is a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, four-zone climate control and even a park assist system featuring parallel, perpendicular parking and parking exit which is great if other motorists have boxed you in.

Despite its larger-than-life proportions, the Range Rover is an absolute delight to drive as it glides across the Tarmac. Even potholed and bumpy surfaces pose no problems as the highly efficient suspension irons out all the creases.

No outside noise dare infiltrate the cabin where you could hear a pin drop were it not for the luxuriously thick carpets.

Comfort levels for all occupants are of the highest order and back seat passengers can really stretch out in style.

Storage is catered for via the 550-litre capacity boot - a limit that increases to a whopping 2,030 litres with the rear seats dropped flat.

Elsewhere there are numerous handy storage areas, including a centre console chilled compartment, a deep double glovebox, cup holders, practical door bins and a convenient section tucked away in the front doors with a pull out side panel.

The driver benefits from excellent all-round visibility thanks to the high seated position and the comfort levels are sublime.

I drove the car for 300 miles without a stop and arrived as fresh as I would after a 10-minute trip.

The Autobiography, priced at £91,555 (£96,500 with options), was powered by a 3.0-litre 258bhp diesel engine mated to an automatic eight-speed gearbox.

It completes 0-60mph in just 7.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 130mph.

According to official figures it can deliver combined fuel economy of 40.9mpg with carbon emissions of 182g/km.

Despite these figures looking pretty impressive, it's the manner in which the Range Rover behaves that really provides the overwhelming ‘wow' factor. It's beautifully agile and very sure-footed.

The steering is nice and precise and the steering wheel-mounted paddles offer a little more control over the shifts if the mood takes you.

In town, the park assist along with sensors and a 360-degree camera make light work of any manoeuvrability issues and on the motorways the car cruises effortlessly along.

FAST FACTS

Range Rover 3.0L TDV6 Autobiography

Price:£91,555

Mechanical:258bhp, 2,993cc, 6cyl diesel engine driving four whels via 8-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed:130mph

0-62mph:7.4 seconds

Combined MPG:40.9

Insurance Group: 47

C02 emissions:182g/km

Bik rating:33%

Warranty:3yrs/unlimited miles

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