Driving Range Rover 4×4
Those in the know, recounted the incredible driving experience while taking the wheel. The first impression that catches your eye is the enormous size of the car. The Range Rover dominates the road and the elevated driving position allows you to really look down on other drivers.
The second thing that catches your eye is the high-level specs. The new Range Rover is now far from its agricultural progenitors from the 1970s and is equipped with all the gadgets and comforts you’d expect from a high-end luxury sedan, such as a Sat Nav, cruise control, onboard computer and even a massage chair. Also, if you want to tinker with anything, it will have a button to do it for you with electrically adjustable seats, mirrors, suspension settings, and heating.
The specs extend to what you can’t see, boasting full traction control, ten airbags, including side airbags, ABS and immobilizer.
Once you get behind the wheel and start the engine, you will be struck by the power at your disposal. The supercharged 4.2 liter engine delivers a staggering 390 BHP and is ready to launch you from a standing start to 60 MPH in under seven seconds. If the opportunity presents itself on the Autobahn or on a track day, it will surprise you by hitting a top speed of 147 MPH.
On the highway the best can be found when driving the Range Rover Sport. The incredible 4.2 liter engine devours miles with minimal effort while all passengers sit in luxury watching the landscape change around them. The response from the engine is incredible and leaves you with no doubt that you have the power for the job despite the size of the Range Rover. The Sport’s maneuverability is also good and with the elevated stance, great visibility and light touch steering mean you don’t have to be rough to keep the car under control. All street parking sensors also help when in between traffic in tight spaces.
No, the Range Rover wasn’t just carved out of 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 has quickly established itself as the first choice of those who need the practicality of a 4×4 but crave a bit of refinement and luxury not available in most 4×4 solutions. From there, the Range Rover became an icon in itself and grew stronger.
Why Driving 4×4?
The practicality of a 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. Getting out of the big cities however 4×4 is a much more sensible option. It’s easy to carry the kids in and out of the back of the 4×4 and the boot size makes traveling that supermarket a lot simpler.
Driving in harsh conditions can get better in a 4×4 with the added stability and knowing 4×4 technology is ready when you encounter unadopted roads or dirt tracks is a bonus for a family car. A 4×4 will instill a sense of adventure and courage because you know nothing will stand in your way when you disappear into the countryside for a weekend getaway or a family outing to Europe.
The Range Rover Sport has plenty of competitors, but it’s unmatched. The BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne and Audi A7 are all battling the Range Rover Sport for a share of the luxury 4×4 market and all have their merits. Yet neither has been able to offer the legacy of the Range Rover Sport, and with BMW and Audi especially frequently changing their designs, neither has the stability of the Range Rover market. The popularity of the Range Rover is a testament to its timeless durability and looks and will last long after the X6, Cayenne and A7 were entered into the history books.