The Range Rover is so achingly close to being a five-star car that it hurts. And the more time you spend with it, the more you live with it, being eased around the world in what is, without question, one of the finest and most impressive cars we’ve driven in a decade, the easier it becomes to justify.
You can even convince yourself that being the wrong side of two and a half tonnes – and barely the right side of 25mpg – is a small price to pay for its incredible ability.
Such is the burden of having the most all-round capable car in the world at your fingertips and beneath your feet. And there’s some truth in that. Being this good at everything comes at a price.
In the end, though, the lingering memory that, for all its aluminium technology, the Range Rover has the weight of a Porsche Cayman over each axle is sufficient to rob it of the ultimate accolade. But don’t let that make you forget what an exceptional car this is.