2018 Range Rover Vogue TDV6 new car review | Drive.com.au
British brand updates the original luxury SUV. 2 reading now 3 Comments | Date: 02/07/2018 2018 Range Rover Vogue TDV6 new car review British brand updates the original luxury SUV. EXPERT RATING 7.5 10 DRIVE AWAY PRICE $201,627 BASIC SPEC 3l 190kw 6.9 5 02 Jul 2018 Stephen Ottley ( 2 ) Reading now (3) Comments 2018 Range Rover Vogue TDV6 new car review 02 Jul 2018 Stephen Ottley Good performance for its size. Super comfy cabin. Makes you feel like the boss of the road. New infotainment system can be tricky to use on the move. Expensive starting price. Even more expensive options. What is it?
The original luxury SUV has been given a mid-life makeover (this current generation launched in 2012) to keep up with newer rivals, most notably the Bentley Bentayga.
The exterior looks haven’t been changed but inside the cabin has been given a technology upgrade with the introduction of the ‘InControl Touch Pro Duo’ system already found in the Velar. It consists of a pair of 10-inch touchscreens that control most the machine’s functions including entertainment, airconditioning and All-Terrain Response.
Elsewhere in the line-up, the 2018 brings the first hybrid powertrain to the Range Rover but we’re testing the V6 turbo diesel ‘entry-level’ model in the range.
How much does it cost and what do you get?
The Vogue TDV6, to give it its official name, may be the first model in the Range Rover line-up but as a large, luxury SUV it comes with a steep price tag, starting at $190,000 plus on-road costs.
For that money standard equipment includes 22-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, soft-close doors, tri-zone airconditioning, hands-free power tailgate, Meridian sound system, navigation, digital radio, digital TV tuner, 360-degree parking camera and Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 off-road system.
Of course, being a true luxury car there is an extensive list of options that allows you to tailor your Range Rover to your personal tastes. Our test car was fitted with a number of those, including the Black Exterior Pack ($2730) and 22-inch gloss black alloys ($5110) which gives it a sinister look with all the usual brightwork and badges blacked out.
Its value argument is improved somewhat by its complimentary servicing program that covers it for the first five years of ownership.
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What’s under the bonnet?
The Vogue tips the scales at 2249kg so it needs a strong engine to motivate it. Fortunately the 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel offers up 190kW of power and a solid 600Nm of torque, which means good on-road performance.
It won’t win too many traffic light grands prix (the claimed 0-100km/h is 8.0secs) but the Vogue TDV6 feels strong for its size, with plenty of poke when you put your foot down. Driven steadily though, the British brand claims the engine can sip as little as 6.9-litres per 100km, which is a very impressive return for such a big, heavy SUV.
It’s helped by the eight-speed automatic transmission that does a nice job of smoothly working through the ratios to keep the engine ticking along in the sweet spot around 2000rpm where the richest vein of torque resides.
What’s it like to drive?
The combination of soft leather seats and a cosseting ride makes it feel like you are driving a comfy sofa down the road.
It may be a luxurious SUV but it still wears a Land Rover badge so it has the off-road chops to match. As a result, potholes and speed bumps are dispatched with ease – the Vogue just effortlessly glides over the top of larger bumps.
However, smaller imperfections in the road can be felt at times simply because the 22-inch alloys have relatively low profile tyres so the bumps transfer to the cabin.
And while you wouldn’t take your glossy 22-inch alloys bush-bashing, with the right wheel and tyre package the Vogue TDV6 is an accomplished off-road machine. Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system allows you to simply dial up the mode to suit the ground underneath and the clever systems within the car allow you to conquere seemingly anything in comfort.
Ultimately though the Range Rover is a more common sight on road these days and it’s easy to understand why when you drive it. Not only is it supremely comfortable but its elevated seating position and wide windscreen give you a commanding view of the road, so driving such a big machine becomes easy.
What’s it like inside?
Plush. All of the materials used in the Vogue feel premium, from the soft-to-touch leather to the metallic finishes – even in the entry-level model the Range Rover screams luxury.
Of course, being such a big SUV there is ample space inside, and the boot, with its split tailgate, is both generous in size but also adds practical benefits, such as an ideal picnic spot if you do go off-roading (or simply down to the Polo).
The updated InControl Touch Pro Duo does add another layer of style and technology to the cabin with its very modern-looking twin-screen set-up. However, while it looks stylish and is largely intuitive to navigate the lack of haptic buttons, save for the twin dials either side of the lower screen, does make it tricky to operate at times on the move.
Is it safe?
The Range Rover may be more than 40 years old but it has moved with the times. The Vogue comes equipped with full airbag protection, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning. However, it does miss out on adaptive cruise control with queue assist, that’s a $3600 option which is a little disappointing when look at the price and what rivals offer.
Would I buy it?
Most definitely. Nothing oozes cool on the road like a big, blacked-out Range Rover and it is a genuinely enjoyable car to drive. The combination of comfort and style make it a winner in my books.
What else should I consider?
Range Rover doesn’t have a glowing reputation for reliability so you may want to look around for alternatives. In this current age of SUVs there are no shortage of luxury options including the Audi Q7, BMW X5 (and upcoming X7), Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lexus LX, Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante and the Bentley Bentayga.
2018 Range Rover Vogue TDV6 pricing and specifications
Price: From $190,000 plus on-road costs
Engine: 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel
Power: 190kW at 3750rpm
Torque: 600Nm at 1750-2250rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
Fuel use: 6.9L/100km
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