The Range Rover Vogue
The Range Rover was first introduced to the world in 1970 as a premium luxury version of the Industrial Land Rover. The Range Rover quickly rose to a dominant position in the luxury auto market that wasn’t seriously challenged until the 1997 launch of the M-Class by Mercedes. Though the original Range Rover was produced with relatively minor alterations for over two decades, it has gone through some distinct upgrades. The Range Rover is now in its fourth generation with the Vogue, which was first sold in 2012.
The Vogue comes in either standard or long wheelbases (SWB or LWB), with the long wheelbase only being available on higher-end models. The Vogue is the entry-level trim package; upgrades go through the Vogue SE, the Autobiography, and the SVAutobiography trims. The SVAutobiography package features the same engine as the Autobiography but carries a much higher price due to its premium luxury refinements.
In the high-end models, power is delivered by a supercharged 5-litre V8 petrol engine from Jaguar Land Rover this is the same motor used in the Jaguar F-Type R and the Range Rover Sports SVR. Due to the size of the SVAutobiography, though, the supercharged engine delivers the same performance as a regular 5-litre engine in lighter models. All of the cars in the Vogue range feature eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive.
JLR considers the Range Rover Vogue to be its flagship vehicle, and this is reflected both in the cars’ high prices and their comprehensive luxury fittings and equipment. The Vogue sits at the top of the three-model line currently offered by Range Rover above the Evoque and Sports brands. Top-of-the-line Sports models approach the Vogue in size, price, and quality.
Matching continental competitors in delivering luxury refinements has never been a problem for the Range Rover. What serves as a permanent distinction setting it above its rivals is its incredible towing power and off-road capabilities.
By switching to an all-aluminum body, this new Range Rover weighs in 420kg lighter than the previous model, delivering improved performance and agility. Despite trimming the design down, JLR is still left with a vehicle that’s indisputably slower and heavier than its German counterparts as well as Bentley’s Bentayga.
Careful engineering ensures that the Range Rover still offers a terrific driving experience and exceptional handling for a vehicle of its size. The entry-level model equipped with a 3-litre 256bhp diesel V6 still delivers a top speed of 130mph and a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds.
Things change significantly at the high end of the line. The Rover’s beastly V8 petrol engine can propel the car up to 60mph from a standing start in just 5.1 seconds. If handling is your absolute top priority, the new Q7 remains the best choice in the luxury SUV market. It hardly holds a candle to the Range Rover regarding ride quality and comfort, though.
The eight-speed automatic transmission delivers a smooth, relaxed driving experience across the whole model range, and conditions inside the luxurious cabin of a Range Rover are quiet and refined no matter what engine is under the bonnet.
The ride is smoothed even more by the air suspension and adaptive damping systems, capable of handling all but the largest of potholes. The long wheelbase option delivers even greater comfort for demanding drivers and passengers.