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New Range Rover
The desert crossing, mountain climbing limousine just reached new heights – and saves a little on the company car tax rate

 

Land Rover Range Rover 3.0 TDV6 Vogue Auto

Range Rover review: SUE BAKER

What is it?

A CAR designed to cross the Sahara or crest the Atlas mountains that you’re more likely to drive around the M25 or across London. Probably the most capable car in the world, and at the price, it should be.

It’s the new Range Rover, of course. With the best engine for business car users, the new TDV6.

  • The TDV6 tested here is the engine that makes most sense for business car drivers

Land Rover’s new 3.0 V6 turbodiesel engine is superbly refined, smooth and powerful. The car’s double-glazed windows help seal out unwanted noise, so you’re cocooned in the tall, 4×4-capable equivalent of a luxury saloon. It is the first Range Rover with an all-aluminium body, making it 180kg lighter.

The new Range Rover is a major step-up in luxury, and with half the number of switches, life is even easier for the driver

Tempted? If you can stretch to the £71,725 price – or a staggering £98,395 if you go for the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol Range Rover Autobiography version with all the bells and whistles – you get a business car in which you can literally go anywhere in limousine comfort. It’s chairman of the board motoring.

New Range Rover
There are other luxury cars out there, but not many can do this at the weekend

For the majority of SME business owners and directors, though, it’s the new V6 diesel Range Rover that makes most sense as a business car.

The new TDV6’s power output is 258PS. That’s the least of the three engine versions, but the best for efficiency. The official fuel economy is 37.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 196 g/km. That means the potential company car tax is a 33% banding in 2012/13 tax year.

The other diesel engine for business car use in the new Range Rover  line up is a 4.4 litre V8, with 339PS. But with  32.5mpg fuel economy and  229g/km CO2, that puts  it in top-rate 35% for benefit-in-kind company car tax purposes. That’s the same as for the V8 supercharged model, with a whopping 510PS, fuel economy of 20.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 322g/km. The transmission in all versions is a ZF eight-speed auto.

The Range Rover reviewed here for this business car test Is the Vogue model, priced at £71,295 on the road.

New Range Rover
The Range Rover has shed a staggering 180kg in weight. So it’s more nimble to drive, and more fuel efficient. 0-62 only takes 7.4 seconds

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