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Range Rover 3.6 TDV8: Test Drive Review

Date: 30 October 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: 4x4
P11D price: £75,235
Key rival: BMW X5

Precious few Range Rovers will make their way onto fleets, however, plenty will be bought with business money. Even when they cost more than £75,000.

The kind of person able to spend this type of money - we're talking company owners - would rightly expect near, and possibly actual, perfection.

In the looks department the facelifted Range Rover is spot-on with classic lines and ultra-cool headlights. It also has a beautiful interior that now includes a flat-screen instrument display instead of traditional dials.

Unfortunately, the new virtual speedo needle doesn't move smoothly; instead it judders, making the flat-screen seem like technology for technology's sake, not because it's an improvement over a conventional analogue dial.

We also had two problems with the stereo. The first was a faulty speaker, resulting in a crackling buzz, and the second was a digital radio that didn't work. Not a good sign for a car that, according to KwikCarcost, costs 151 pence a mile to run.

The clever 4x4 system remains and is particularly brilliant if you venture off-road, and is now joined by a useful all-round camera system that's also good for parking on-road.

Driving on-road, however, is still a wallowy affair with over-light steering, despite the car sitting on 20-inch alloy wheels and having a wonderfully powerful V8 diesel.

Range Rover 3.6 TDV8 Autobiography
P11D price£75,235
Model price range£64,695-£79,995
Fuel consumption25.4mpg
CO2 (tax) 294g/km (35%)
BIK 20/40% per month£439/£878
Service interval15,000mls
Insurancegroup 19
Boot space (min/max)535/2099 litres
Engine size/power3630cc/270PS
Top speed/0-62mph124mph/9.2secs
On sale August 2009
VerdictHigh-tech, but at this
money we expected better


High-tech, but at this money we expected better