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Land Rover Range Rover D350 HSE 2022 UK review review

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Land Rover Range Rover D350 HSE 2022 UK review review

This model’s launch allows a considerable change in Range Rover’s price positioning. Today’s cheapest version costs £99,375, which advances the entry price by a cool £20,000 and allows JLR to profit from the widely held opinion of the previous model that it remained the best and most desirable luxury 4×4 even though a growing cohort of rivals cost more. Now dealers can cheerfully charge £140,000-plus for a V8 and be pretty confident that bespoke SV Range Rovers will routinely break the £200,000 barrier.

Our D350 HSE costs a mere £107,300 (not including £5000 worth of random trim options). While by most measures it’s luxurious (lustrously painted, beautifully assembled and lined with quality materials, mostly wood and leather), there’s a pleasant, day-to-day practicality about it that aligns well with its simple-looking controls and its ultra-clear and well-integrated 13.1in central touchscreen, from which most non-driving functions (at least those not controlled by Amazon Alexa voice activation) seem to emanate.

When you start to drive, the L460 feels at first like Range Rovers have always felt: big, tall, quiet, soft-riding and (for British roads) very wide.

It’s fast, too: our D350 soon proved it could dispatch a 0-62mph sprint in 6.1sec yet then cruised at 70mph with well under 2000rpm on the tachometer.

However, it only takes a mile or two to appreciate the fact that this car’s dynamics have progressed every bit as far as its sophisticated interior and exterior styling.

First, it’s extremely quiet on nearly all of Britain’s multifarious road surfaces – quite a feat. The ride is soft but always controlled. The suspension bristles with electronic gadgetry (traction, ride, ride-height and stability controls that can reconfigure 100 times per second if they have to), but the upshot is a soft-riding car that meets any obstacle, from a 100mph crest to a 15mph rutted railway crossing, with the same quiet competence.

Nothing can cause this Range Rover to lose its composure and there’s no facility (or need) for the driver to change the suspension rates. No Sport setting. You get what the engineers know is right, and this new Range Rover is all the better for that.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/land-rover/range-rover/first-drives/land-rover-range-rover-d350-hse-2022-uk-review

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