Driving a model from the Range Rover model lineup is always a surreal experience. Whether it’s the Evoque, the Sport or the savage SVR. But above all these sits the Big Daddy of them all, the Range Rover..thats it. No suffix. Drive or be driven in one, it just takes you to another dimension above and beyond (pun intended) the rest. The Range Rover got a facelift last year and if you remember, we had reviewed the updated Sport in the recent past. This time around we have the Range Rover LWB, and while there is a buffet or trims to choose from, our test car is the Vogue SE with the 3.0 TDV6 diesel. So here’s what it was like to drive around town in this swanky and luxurious one BHK flat on wheels. Read on.
Range Rover LWB Exterior
What I have loved about the Range Rover is although it has become more modern over the years, it still retains that classic boxy Range Rover silhouette. And coming to the LWB, it is just massive. With a length of 5.2 metres and width of 3.1 metres, it is nothing short of intimidating on the road. With the facelift, there are redesigned bumpers, new design alloy wheels (funky 21 inch wheels on the test car), new elements on the headlamps and tail lamps and this example also came with the optional ‘Pixel’ LED headlamps. The way each light element lights up one by one is nothing short of spectacular. Overall, the Range Rover doesn’t look in your face but classy and sophisticated. And just looking at it from the side will have you gaping in awe.
Range Rover LWB Interior
You have to literally climb to get inside the Range Rover and once the soft touch doors shut, you are greeted with interiors that reek nothing but royalty. And everything here is XL size. The cabin of our test car came wrapped in tan leather and wood veneer on the centre console and doors. The large throne like front seats can be adjusted in 20 different ways and get arm rests as well. The steering wheel gets touch sensitive controls and the power window switches finished in brushed metal. The major update here is the new InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with twin screens that was first seen in the Velar. And I can go gaga again about the displays and the crisp graphics, just stunning. Of course there are some physical dials as well but it’s a pity that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is given a miss. The large panoramic sunroof is fantastic and can be opened or closed with via gestures.
The rear bench is as large as the seats in the front. There is a huge central armrest that folds down and a couple of rear entertainment screens fixed in the front headrests. And the rear legroom will rival any airline’s First Class cabin. The boot is humongous and the SUV can be lowered via the push of a button for loading convenience. The Range Rover has the trademark split tail-gate that is electrically operated and there’s a full size spare wheel too.