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Land Rover Range Rover
The Top Gear car review:Land Rover Range Rover
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
Do you really need an S-Class or BMW 7 Series? Not anymore. In fact, you might not even need that Flying Spur (the Bentayga, on the other hand…). Land Rover has noted how many Range Rovers are used as transport for the chauffeured rich and famous, and designed this new one to suit. And with this year’s facelift, it’s added much tech and upped the glam.
The biggest change is the addition of the ‘Touch Pro Duo’ infotainment system that debuted in the Range Rover Velar. This means you get two, 10-inch touchscreens – one on top of the other, like Audi’s latest system as fitted to the A8 and A7 – and very few buttons. The top one does navigation, entertainment, comms and lots of configurable car features, whereas the bottom one handles climate (but can also do media, Terrain Response and so on) and carries two context-dependant knobs that control temperature seat heating/massage among other functions.
For a full explanation visit our review of the Range Rover Velar. But in summary, while flash, this is not as slick, swift or user-friendly a system as Audi’s effort. Which is a shame. Its UI doesn’t feel as rich or intelligent, the screens reflect and are slower to respond than they ought to be. Some form of haptic feedback wouldn’t go amiss.
Elsewhere there are new seats front and rear (an Executive Class Seating option for rear-seat passengers gives 40 degrees of recline and a powered rear centre console that, when stowed, gives a third, middle seat), a gimmicky and pointless gesture-controlled sunblind, three-zone ambient lighting and a new air purification system. Various multimedia options (including a 1,700w 29-speaker Meridian stereo), top-quality materials and impeccable fit’n’finish make the Range Rover feel every inch the Bentayga competitor. As, indeed, it ought to.