Review: Land Rover Range Rover (2013)

Rating:

Vastly improved handling compared to the previous model. Impeccable interior. Lighter weight means better fuel economy. As superb off road as always.

Still an expensive car to buy new. Engine oil contamination from DPF regens after short runs.

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Land Rover Range Rover (2013): At A Glance

Don't change it, just make it better. That was the resounding response Land Rover got when it asked existing Range Rover customers what they wanted from the all-new 2013 model. It's been a long time in the making though, facelifts and updates aside, the outgoing Range Rover had been on sale since 2002.

But Land Rover was never going to risk messing with a winning formula. Since it was first launched more than 40 years ago, the Range Rover has carved out a niche as a luxury 4x4 that's just as happy on Kensington High Street as it is towing horse boxes across muddy fields. It's the ultimate car for the green welly brigade.

The styling is a neat continuation of the outgoing model. It takes influence from the Evoque, especially the headlights, yet this is unmistakably a Range Rover with that distinctive profile.

The front isn't as upright as before while the side window line now rises so it doesn't look as boxy. But it's still a substantial motor at five metres long and more than two metres wide. When it comes to road presence not much can match it.

The most significant changes come under the skin. There's upgraded suspension to provide flatter cornering without adversely affecting ride quality but these improved road manners don't mean compromised off-road ability thanks to upgraded ‘Terrain Response’ technology, which analyses conditions and selects the best settings to cope with them.

The fourth generation Range Rover represents a real leap forward compared to the outgoing model, particularly in terms of comfort, refinement and handling. Land Rover wanted to create the ultimate 4x4 - a blend of luxury and unmatched all-terrain capability.

It's certainly succeeded. No other car, 4x4 or otherwise, can do what the new Range Rover can do. Of course this doesn't come cheap, with prices starting at more than £70,000. But this is the ultimate four-wheel drive vehicle and feels worth every penny.

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What does a Land Rover Range Rover (2013) cost?

List Price from £83,655
Buy new from £73,270
Contract hire from £742.79 per month
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Land Rover Range Rover (2013): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4999–5200 mm
Width 2220 mm
Height 1828–1869 mm
Wheelbase 2922–3120 mm

Full specifications

This Range Rover has a longer wheelbase which means big improvements in rear passenger space. There is 11cm of extra legroom which means more than a metre of stretching room while lower seats and a wider door opening make getting in and out easier.

The rear seat layout is a standard bench seat but there's the option of Executive Class seating with two individual rear seats that recline further and have a massage function. Elsewhere, the useful split tailgate remains and now opens and closes electrically while the boot is as enormous as ever.

Inside Land Rover has managed to improve quality, which was already very impressive, with a genuine luxury feel throughout. From the leather on the dash to the metal finish around the dual control gear lever, the attention to detail is superb. The layout is far cleaner.

In the front there are half as many buttons as before and the terrain response controls have been tidied up. The only minor criticism is that it uses the existing Land Rover and Jaguar sat nav and touchscreen system which isn't the slickest around.

However, refinement, one of the most important Range Rover attributes is mightily impressive. The body design, coupled with acoustically laminated glass means that road and wind noise are minimal, while the optimised suspension means it smooths out uneven and bumpy roads with ease.

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What's the Land Rover Range Rover (2013) like to drive?

The biggest improvement however, is in the handling. The new Range Rover is a revelation on the road and nothing like the model it replaces. Gone is the cumbersome handling and wallowy cornering, replaced by a sharp and responsive drive that inspires more confidence and allows you to make the most of the performance.

This is partly down to a cut in weight. The new Range Rover is the first all-aluminium bodied 4x4 and 420kg lighter than the outgoing version – the equivalent of five adult passengers. That's not to say it's especially svelte and still weighs in at more than 2300kg at its heaviest, but it doesn't feel bulky in corners and there's dramatically less pitching and diving under hard acceleration and braking. The steering is far more responsive too and doesn't require as much input when turning.

This cut in weight means Land Rover had been able to expand the engine range with the option of the TDV6 already used in the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Sport. The V6 engine is incredibly quiet and smooth plus with 258PS and 600Nm of torque it doesn't feel like the poor relation to the SDV8 that's been carried over but with a hike in power.

In fact the SDV8 only has 100Nm more torque yet carries an extra 200kg. In everyday driving the TDV6 is the perfect engine for the Range Rover – rarely will you ever feel it lacks power. Plus of course there are big benefits for economy, the smaller engine returning a claimed 37.7mpg with emissions of 196g/km.

Of course the TDV8 still has plenty of appeal, not least thanks to the gruff V8 noise and the sheer low down grunt it offers while economy has also improved, now up to 32.5mpg according to the official figures. At the top of the range is the monstrous Supercharged model powered by a 5.0-litre V8 petrol with 510PS and a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds. Next year will see a diesel hybrid version launched.

The other big change is the Dynamic Response active lean control system standard on SDV8 and the Supercharged version. As the name suggests, this active suspension system reduces bodyroll in corners and is able to control the front and rear axles independently. That said even the standard fully independent air suspension on the SDV6 model provides impressive body control.

Of course this is nothing new to owners of 4x4s like the BMW X5 or Audi Q7. So the Range Rover can now deal with corners. Big deal. But it's everything else the Range Rover can do that makes it such a mighty vehicle. On its standard road tyres and without any extra off road gubbins it can go from a main road one minute to crossing sand dunes and rock strewn river beds the next. But the most impressive part is that it can then go straight back onto tarmac with no fuss. It's simply an incredible machine.

And it does all this in comfort.  It never feels like its struggling, instead the Range Rover takes it all in its stride. This is what sets it apart from other 4x4s. The next-generation of Land Rover's Terrain Response system plays a big part. As before there are various settings for grass/gravel/snow, mud ruts, sand and a rock crawl mode, but now there's an Auto mode which selects the most suitable program for the terrain. With 303mm ground clearance in off road mode it's unmatched by pretty much any alternative and the wading depth has increased by 200mm to 900mm.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
3.0 SDV6 46 mpg 6.9 s 164 g/km
3.0 SDV6 275 37 mpg 7.9 s 200 g/km
3.0 SDV6 Hybrid 44–46 mpg 6.5 s 169 g/km
3.0 TDV6 41–46 mpg 7.9–8.0 s 164–182 g/km
3.0 V6 Supercharged 26 mpg 7.4 s 248 g/km
4.4 SDV8 30–34 mpg 6.6–7.2 s 219–229 g/km
4.4 TDV8 34 mpg 6.9–7.2 s 219 g/km
5.0 V8 510 22–22 mpg 5.1–5.5 s 299 g/km
5.0 V8 525 21–21 mpg 5.4–5.5 s 294 g/km
5.0 V8 550 22–22 mpg 5.5 s 299 g/km
5.0 V8 565 21–21 mpg 5.4–5.5 s 294 g/km
P400 - - 212 g/km
P400 LWB - - 212 g/km
P400e 88–91 mpg 6.8–6.9 s 64 g/km

Real MPG average for a Land Rover Range Rover (2013)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

87%

Real MPG

19–44 mpg

MPGs submitted

62

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My insurer have increased my premium even though I didn't make a claim - can they do this?

I contacted my insurers to inquire about getting some vandalism repaired on my Range Rover, but it turned out the excess on my policy (which also has protected NCB) was more than the cost of repairs so I did not proceed with the claim. Now I find the insurers are telling other companies who inquire that I have a claim against my policy. Are they allowed to do this? My daughter just passed her test and insured her first car adding me as a named driver - her insurers then added £120 to her premium because my insurers told them I had this "claim". Is there anything I can do to get them to stop this?
In short, no. Your insurer cannot penalise you for enquiring about a claim. Contact your insurer and raise a complaint. Demand they take these details off CUE, the underwriting database. Someone has logged a claim when they should not have done. Contact the financial ombudsman service and raise a complaint with them as well, should the insurer not resolve your situation to your satisfaction.
Answered by Tim Kelly
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