Range Rover Vogue review

Range Rover Vogue cornering
24 Mar, 2014 12:15pm Lesley Harris

The entry-level Range Rover Vogue still feels a cut above the luxury SUV norm

For: 
Quality, luxury, imperious performance on and off-road
Against: 
Price, not as much legroom as limousine rivals

Verdict

5
The Range Rover Vogue is the entry-level model in Land Rover’s flagship line-up, but it doesn’t lack any of the superb comfort and refinement of its more expensive siblings. It’s a formidable rival for other luxury SUVs like BMW’s X5 and Audi’s Q7. With a host of standard equipment such as heated steering wheel, Auto Xenon lights, DAB and Digital TV the Vogue ticks most of the luxury boxes you’ll need. Buyers can upgrade to the Vogue SE or the Autobiography if they want more kit.

Range Rover has equipped the Vogue with two engine choices – the 3.0-litre TDV6, which puts out 258bhp and has a massive 600Nm of torque to play with, and the even more powerful 4.4-litre SDV8 with its 399bhp and 700Nm of torque.

Sleek gills on the Range Rover Vogue’s front doors and those dynamic wraparound tail-lights help disguise its bulk, while Land Rover’s designers have cleverly managed to create a contemporary looking SUV without abandoning the classic Range Rover cues.

The clamshell bonnet, ‘floating’ roof and split tailgate are all present, plus the swept-back headlights and sharply angled front grille and windscreen borrow from the brand’s fashionable Evoque. 

Inside, the Range Rover Vogue’s cabin is as sumptuous as any top-of-the-range offerings from Audi or BMW.  And comfort, quality and refinement have all risen to limousine-like levels, although it can be quite a clamber for some to get up into the rear seats. 

Range Rover Vogue dash

The Range Rover Vogue is in its element whether its cruising down the motorway or crawling along muddy off-road tracks.  Mighty off-road ability and considerable towing power allow the Range Rover Vogue to do things other luxury cars can’t. But it’s the big 4x4’s refinement, performance and driver engagement on tarmac that count here.

Fortunately, Land Rover set out to ensure that its range-topping SUV ranked among the best luxury vehicles in the world from the start, and it worked long and hard to make the new Range Rover Vogue lighter than its predecessor.

With surprisingly agile handling the Range Rover Vogue has impressive refinement and strong performance to complete this all-rounder’s list of talents – and make it a strong rival for the Mercedes S-Class.

The resulting 420kg weight loss means the 258bhp 3.0-litre TDV6 model easily matches the old 4.4-litre V8 diesel version’s performance – and uses less fuel doing so. Even so, it's slower than its two German saloon rivals, while on the road, no amount of weight-saving can disguise the fact that the Range Rover Vogue is more than two metres wide and nearly two metres tall.

However, it’s a testament to the work of Land Rover’s engineers that it’s still great to drive. For starters, it’s impressively quiet and refined inside, while the smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox contributes to a relaxed driving experience.

The standard adaptive damping and air-suspension deliver an impressively composed ride, which is only upset when the large wheels thump into a badly uneven road surface.

Range Rover Vogue rear

The Range Rover Vogue’s twin tailgate allows you to open one or both parts as needed: leaving the bottom half in place makes it easy to pop smaller items straight into the boot, while lowering it gives you a useful temporary seating area.

In the rear there’s plenty of width and a flat floor for three people to sit alongside each other in comfort and just about enough legroom to be comfortable on long journeys.  With the extra height the Range Rover gives you in the cabin, it feels truly massive in the back with a fantastic view out.  And the air-suspension can be used to lower the body and make it easier to get in – although it's still not quite as effortless a BMW 7-Series or Audi A8. 

A space-saver spare wheel comes as standard, while a full-size replacement is a £200 option. Choosing the electronically deployable towbar will cost you £200, too.

Poor fuel economy was always a major drawback of the previous Range Rover, so Land Rover has put considerable effort into making the latest Vogue model considerably cleaner and more efficient than before. The weight reduction is a key element of this, combined with the frugal 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. Official fuel economy is 37.7mpg and CO2 emissions come in under the 200g/km mark – both of which are very impressive figures for a two-tonne luxury SUV.

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A pointless awful vehicle for people with low self esteem and small winkies...

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I wish for once the local press will actually put one of these pachaderms on a scale and show how much the JLR products actually weigh. One Yank mag showed that the claimed 900 lbs difference was actually 200 lbs.

The kerb weight of a car depends on its configuration and installed options, and the same difference in claimed vs actual applies to any car.

But you don't need to weigh the car, if the increased performance from smaller, less powerful engine whilst using less fuel is true, then what else matters?

If it is the same US article that I read, the 800 pound difference was actually 600 pounds, a 200 pound difference between claimed and actual.

I stand corrected as the car tested was the Sport. Claimed weight savings were 800 lbs and they measured "less than 400".. I would not think that the tested versions were less than fully loaded with options however there is no way they came up with over 400 lbs of new options.

Three metres high? Really? I cannot believe it's 50% higher than it is wide.

Height is 1835mm. Don't read AutoExpress for facts.

Probably had an American sitting in it when they weighed it.

* "pachyderm"

Key specs

  • Price: From £71,310
  • Engine: 3.0 TDV6, 4.4 TDV8
  • Power: 258-339bhp
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-60mph: 7.4 – 6.5s
  • Top speed: 130-135mph
  • Economy: 32.5-37.7mpg
  • CO2: 196-229g/km
  • On sale: Now
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