What is it?

Thank goodness for Euro 5 emissions regs. Sure, they’ve killed off a few choice models – Mazda’s RX-8 and the five-pot Ford Focus ST, to name but two – but equally, they’ve forced some manufacturers to rethink products that, well, needed a rethink.

And this is a prime example: the 2011 Range Rover, equipped with a new, Euro 5-compliant 4.4-litre TDV8 powerplant and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The luxo-SUV uses parallel sequential turbocharging to deliver more power (308bhp) and torque (516lb ft) than the old 3.6-litre TDV8, while still managing to reduce CO2 emissions (by 14 per cent, to 253g/km) and fuel consumption, too.

In fact, it nudges 30.1mpg on the combined cycle; Land Rover proudly points out that this makes it the first Rangie to beat 30mpg.

The eight-speed auto is available only on the TDV8. It is controlled by a Jaguar-like rotary dial that rises from the base of the centre console. The 2011 model year also means new grilles and side vents on diesel models, a couple of new colour options and optional illuminated treadplates for the front doors.

What’s it like?

On the road, the new car builds on an already strong package. The V8 is smooth and laden with torque from as little as 1200rpm.

There is a gentle metallic twang as it rises through the rev range, and you’ll hear the faintest of V8 rasps from the exhaust, but in general it’s extremely refined.

The transmission represents a gain over the six-speed auto, too. It does trip up over its tall overdrive occasionally – you’ll feel the odd kickdown on motorways when you don’t necessarily want one – but it’s still an impressive upgrade.

Inside, the cabin is pretty much as you were, with the exception of that gear selector. The slabs of wood on the deliberately chunky dashboard and the sat-nav screen that can display different images to driver and front passenger remain, as do the excellent driving position and accurate steering.

Should I buy one?

So, the Range Rover remains an accomplished, comfortable, plush long-distance cruiser with few obvious rivals – and this is the car’s strongest variant yet. Small wonder that it has so few obvious rivals.

John McIlroy

 

Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

Price: £81,395; Top speed: 130mph; 0-62mph: 7.5sec; Economy: 30.1mpg; CO2: 253g/km; Kerb weight: 2580kg; Engine type: V8, 4367cc, turbodiesel; Power: 308bhp; Torque: 516lb ft; Gearbox: 8-speed automatic

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Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

Whereas the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is arguably the best luxury saloon in the world, I'd say the Range Rover is the best luxury 4x4. I want one so badly!

DKW

Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

'The luxo-SUV uses parallel sequential turbocharging to deliver more power (308bhp) and torque (516lb ft) than the old 3.6-litre TDV8, while still managing to reduce CO2 emissions (by 14 per cent, to 253g/km) and fuel consumption.'

I think the parallel sequential turbocharging is used primarily to broaden the power band, particularly at low revs (which is very welcome). Improvements in efficiency come from this and other changes, but delivering more power? - definitely not, as the specific power (output per litre) has taken quite a hit.

Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

Beginning to find the styling of the Range Rover a bit fussy. The early versions of this generation from 2002/3 still look sharp and fresh, yet the new ones I am starting to find a little dated. Still wouldn't mind having one on my drive though!

Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

Fantastic car till the thing inevitably breaks down as Landrovers do . £££££

Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

Old Toad wrote:
Fantastic car till the thing inevitably breaks down as Landrovers do . £££££

Well, if you had a bad experience that may explain your post, but in our family we've had a 2nd generation Range Rover and Freelander and both were faultless for the entire time we owned them.

Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

Dark Isle wrote:
Well, if you had a bad experience that may explain your post, but in our family we've had a 2nd generation Range Rover and Freelander and both were faultless for the entire time we owned them.

I too would tend to agree that Land Rover have come along way with reliability, much better than they were. Although they still tend to come at the bottom of surveys.

I think the main problem with Land Rover is Price. No doubt the Range Rover is a super car, but its very expensive now. Are there that many people with that much money to spend on a car?

Its like the discovery, in my opinion, its been pushed too far upmarket. It has the level of luxury befitting a Range Rover as well as the price. I think they ought to bring the Discovery a bit more downmarket, reduce the price so it can again be a bit of a workhorse.

Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

The front looks like a Japanese car from the 80's. The first model years of the third generation Rangies really look impressive, beautiful and classy, while the facelifts as usual made things worse

Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

Im currently on the market for a new 4x4/suv, I love Range Rovers but I've been hearing a lot about their reliability, which is a shame because its been my dream to own a Range Rover and I can finally afford one. Slightly ashamed to say this but Im also taken by the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo, should I fork out for the Turbo? Or should I risk it with the Range Rover... anyone got any tips?

Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

fhp11 wrote:

Dark Isle wrote:
Well, if you had a bad experience that may explain your post, but in our family we've had a 2nd generation Range Rover and Freelander and both were faultless for the entire time we owned them.

I too would tend to agree that Land Rover have come along way with reliability, much better than they were. Although they still tend to come at the bottom of surveys.

I seem to remember the Disco 3 coming 4th overall in a recent Auto Express survey.

LR has come a long way but for some reason it's a brand that some people like to try and put down.

Re: Range Rover 4.4 TDV8

4 years 7 weeks ago

I'm sure it's all beautifully built & equipped and will go almost anywhere but............£81,000+ !!!! I can remember when a Range Rover cost £4000; doesn't seem that long ago....................can you take me back to bed now, Matron?


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

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