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Range Rover Rogue review: Who’s the daddy now?

By Roger St. Pierre with Hazel Kempster

Back in 1948, the original Land Rover was conceived as a rugged, utilitarian, go-anywhere vehicle. It was immediately adopted enthusiastically by our farmers and the military, winning a huge presence across the Commonwealth and beyond.

22 years later, someone at then owners British Leyland had the bright idea of ‘combining the tough off-road abilities of the original 4x4 with the creature comforts of a civilised family saloon car – and hence was born the massively successful Range Rover.

Arguably the world’ first and still most iconic SUV, this British masterpiece has, down the years, become simply better and better – to the point at which it has been described as ‘combining the luxuriousness of a Bentley with the off-road ability of a tractor’, leading Top Gear magazine to conclude “The best off-roader in the world might be the best luxury car in the world.”

Of course, this comes with a price – and what a price! 2016’s range-topping, long-wheelbase 5.0-litre V8 Autobiography version comes with an eye-watering  £174,745 price tag, for which you get just about every bell and whistle the technical boffins can come up with.

Half that price – £74,545 to be precise will put the mid-range 3.0-litre TDV6 Vogue diesel model we tested onto your drive.

Now, that’s still a huge amount of money but in terms of kit, build quality and, yes, image, and despite the strength of the competition, it remains the king of the SUV castle.

Now in its second year of production, the latest Range Rover is not far removed in looks from its predecessors but features a brand new monocoque chassis that cost the company’s Indian owners more than a billion pounds to develop. It’s bigger but lighter, giving improved performance and better ride and handling.

Improved air suspension and active-lean software help as well, while off-road the Terrain Response II auto system enables the car to scramble it’s way through the most demanding territory without running out of grip or breath.

And on-road? Well, it isn’t a sports car but out on the open road it can shadow all but the fastest while it can cosset its passengers as comfortably as any limo.

Beautifully trimmed and fully equipped, the Range Rover’s cabin is an outstanding model of luxury and comfort.

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