$168,900 – $240,100
Good: Bold exterior styling; Luxurious interior; Awesome V8 diesel engine note; Smooth power delivery; True off-road capabilities.
Not so Good: Pricey starting price; Handling performance compared to the traditional coil spring and shock setup; Inner city maneuverability.
Design and Engineering
Good : Arriving down under in February 2013, the simply mammoth Range Rover Vogue commands attention – be it driving down a suburban street or climbing a rocky mountainside.
Up front you’re greeted with a metallic finished grille and streamlined headlights that integrate into the front of the vehicle.
From the side the Range Rover Vogue features an upright windscreen that creates a box like shape for the top half of the vehicle. The side also features shark like gills that sit just behind the front wheels.
Because of the lines Land Rover has incorporated the rear appears smaller than the rest of the vehicle, this is emphasised by the upward angle of the rear bumper and pillar tail lamps.
Depending on grade or option boxes ticked the Range Rover Vogue comes with the choice of 19-inch, 20-inch, 21-inch or the massive 22-inch alloy wheels. And, if that’s not enough there is also a few different styles to choose from.
Not so good : There’s nothing you can really fault the Range Rover Vogue on in terms of styling. It’s a stunning piece of machinery.
Interior and Styling
Good : Inside is even more impressive than the outside. Soft touch materials cover most surfaces and high quality leather also features prominently throughout the cabin. Fit and finish is also top notch.
The colour touchscreen unit located in the centre of the dash runs quite smoothly and is very responsive to the fingers (some cheaper units experience lag).
Sitting behind the leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel is a set of digital dials that replicate the traditional rev and speedometer.
The 380W Meridian Audio System sounds pretty amazing, but if you want a truly thigh shaking experience the 825W Meridian Surround Sound Audio System is where the party’s at.
The supple leather seats are likened to a couple of leather lounge recliners you’d find in a living room. They are that comfortable you could almost sleep in them – they’re also heated and cooled so your butt will always be at the perfect temperature.
Not so good : Our only complaint is that there is so much attention to detail that it’s almost overwhelming – it would take years to soak up everything this interior has to offers.
Good : Powering the Range Rover Vogue line-up is two diesel and one supercharged petrol engine. Entry models come equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel engine, producing 190kW of power and 600Nm of torque from as little as 2000rpm. Next up, is a 4.4-litre V8 turbocharged diesel engine, producing 250kW of power and a whopping 700Nm of torque from 1750-3000rpm. The big dog and most expensive of the bunch is a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine, producing 375kW of power and 625Nm of torque from 2500-5500rpm. All engines come matched to a silky smooth 8-speed Sports Automatic transmission, the gearbox shifts through gears effortlessly and the eighth gear helps improve fuel efficiency while cruising at highway speeds.
Not so good : The cheapest 5.0-litre V8 supercharged model is roughly 30 grand more expensive than the entry 4.4-litre V8 turbocharged diesel model. So why would you go the petrol when the diesel offers up similar performance with better fuel economy?
Ride and Handling
Good : The Range Rover Vogue is a truly capable off-roader, featuring a Terrain Response 2 Auto system that monitors ground conditions to determine the most appropriate response to the terrain and automatically changes vehicle settings on the fly. While the Intelligent 4WD helps maintain outstanding performance on and off-road, and the Adaptive Dynamics (as standard) improves handling and refine ride quality. The airbag suspension can be lowered and raised by the push of the button, this comes in handy when entering low undercover car parks or driving over harsh speed humps. The Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system helps to delivers sharp and well weighted steering. The power assistance is speed-sensitive so the steering is light and responsive at lower speeds and firmer at higher speeds.
Not so good : The airbag suspension doesn’t feel as confident while cornering as a traditional coil spring and shock setup. However, the airbag suspension is very comfortable during normal everyday driving.
Buying and Owning
Good : Piece of mind is covered with a maximum 5 star ANCAP rating, safety features include Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Permanent Four wheel drive (4WD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC) and Roll Stability Control (RSC). There’s also driver & passenger airbags, side, seat-front, thorax and pelvis airbags just incase they are ever needed. There’s also comfort in knowing that the Range Rover Vogue range comes with a three years/100,000km warranty.
Not so good : The Range Rover Vogue is such a nice vehicle that is fitted with pretty every creature comfort you could imagine. But, it does come at a premium.
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