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Range Rover: It’s got to be the big one or nothing for me
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Range Rover: It’s got to be the big one or nothing for me
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  • Range Rover: It’s got to be the big one or nothing for me
  • Range Rover: It’s got to be the big one or nothing for me
  • Range Rover: It’s got to be the big one or nothing for me
The Range Rover that I like is the full size one and I have no qualms in stating my position on the subject, the others I am not so sure about and it all comes down to image.

Last night I joined a friend for a Chinese and a catch up and we pottered off to ‘Man Ho’ in the Range Rover…Sport. Yes, it looked nice and felt quite special, helped in part by the fact that this one was black with parchment leather and quite well specified in the ‘optional extras’ department. Then we pulled up and parked in front of a slightly tatty six year-old full size Range Rover and it all started to fall apart.

The larger car looked classy while the Sport looked glitzy and is today tarnished by too many footballers and wannabe gangsters driving pimped up versions around our streets with over-sized wheels and blacked out windows. Quite simply the same has not been done to the Vogue…it’s stayed classy.

Then I remember the Range Rover Evoque that I drove earlier in the year. It was as good as everyone says as a vehicle despite fuel economy figures that lag behind its German rivals and a slight lack of tech in the navigation department. But the price of that car, once you’ve specced it with a few of the essential bits comes very close to that of a Sport – and remember how much kit a Sport comes with as standard today.

Then, of course, there is a massive gap in price to the all-new Range Rover. It is priced between £71,295 and £98,395 which makes it a serious leap from the Sport which is meant to sit as the mid-range car. The Sport starts from a smidge under £50,000 but in truth there are plenty of deals out there and so closer to £40,000 would be more accurate.

The Sport also looks old-fashioned now, on top of lacking in the image stakes. All of this means it’s time for a new one, and soon too. Fortunately we should see something if not next year, in early 2014 and it won’t be a moment too soon.

I just wonder if they can turn the image on its head because at the moment I can’t help but see the Sport as a bit of a footballer’s car and the Evoque as tainted by Victoria Beckham. Sadly a new Vogue is a bit expensive for me though…can’t wait to drive one though.
jianbin1101
01.11.2016 @ 08:37
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