Even in its dotage, the entry-level Range Rover might still be all the luxury car you ever wanted. Refined, genteel, capable and a pleasure to drive.
Land Rover’s all-new, mild-hybridized, 3.0-litre straight six diesel engine powers two versions of the full-sized Range Rover: the D350 (which we reviewed a couple of months ago), and this D300 which now becomes the entry-level version of Solihull’s biggest, poshest 4×4, in as-tested Vogue trim level.From here, the modern Range Rover lineup rockets up to just short of £180,000 for a long-wheelbase, 557bhp supercharged V8 ‘SVAutobiography’. But so what? Discovering what comes as standard on a bottom-rung, £83,000 Range Rover in 2021 is much more interesting. And it’s not cloth trim, ‘workout’ windows and a VM Motori five-cylinder diesel anymore, that’s for sure.As well as height-adjustable air suspension and the de rigeur permanent four-wheel drive with low range, there’s three-zone climate control, digital instruments, a gesture-controlled powered tailgate and a cooled front armrest cubby for starters. The Range Rover still hasn’t received ‘JLR’’s very latest ‘Pivi Pro’ infotainment system, but the Touch Pro Duo system it does use now has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, and also gives you a wifi hotspot and a digital TV tuner for no extra cost.