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This Range Rover costs as much as a Rolls Royce

Almost, anyway. LWB Rangie SVAutobiography gets much leather, wood and legroom

Land Rover has used the ordinary Range Rover’s facelift to add even more leather, wood and knurling to its flagship – the SVAutobiography. 

This is not a Range Rover you drive, but a Range Rover you’re driven in, hence the fact you can only get it with the long wheelbase, and the rear seats that offer a massive 1.2-metres of legroom, recline through 40 degrees and have a hot stone massaging function. The rear doors are powered (like a Rolls Royce’s) and there are tables that deploy electronically from the extended centre console, which also houses a special Zenith clock and a fridge large enough to hold two bottles of wine. Naturally there are screens – two ten inchers – giving much wirelessness. 

These things are hand-finished in SVO’s workshop, which almost makes up for the £167,850 asking price. That’s more than double a basic Range Rover, and a hell of a lot more than you’d pay for well-specified versions of the Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7 Series. A Rolls Royce Ghost starts at £186,140, which should give you some idea of where Land Rover’s pitching this thing. Regular long-wheelbase Rangies start at £112,900. 

You can have a hybrid or a diesel, but the one you want is the 565bhp supercharged V8. Because if you’re spending £170k upwards on a Range Rover, you’re not interested in saving money. Or the planet, we’d wager.

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