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The very capable Range Rover MK IV (pictures)

The new Range Rover is one of the most capable cars we've ever driven.

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Drew Stearne
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This is the fourth-generation Range Rover.
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Customers loved the old one so much that when they were asked what they'd like to see in the new one they said: "Don't change anything, just make it better."
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So that's precisely what Land Rover has done.
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It's just as, if not more, capable off road than its predecessor.
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On road, it's pretty brisk, too. The top spec 5.0-litre supercharged V8 was tested at 180 mph.
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Customer cars, however, are limited to 155 mph.
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This generation uses two-thirds as much fuel as the old model...
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...thanks to extensive use of strong-but-light aluminium.
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That means the fourth generation is more than 400kgs lighter than the third.
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As well as being faster and lighter, the new Range Rover is also quieter than ever before.
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Engineers benchmarked it against the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Continental Flying Spur to ensure it's as quiet as possible.
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The old car was criticised for having a cabin rather over-encumbered with buttons.
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Land Rover has largely done away with them, leaving a much cleaner cabin.
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Rear leg room is also better in the new Range.
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You can have a traditional rear bench seat back there, or two captain's chairs with a massage function.
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Light weight means that now, on soft sand, it is possible to doughnut a Range Rover.
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Even on 20-inch wheels and road tyres, it's immensely capable off road.
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Sand, mud, rocks, and...anything else you care to lob at it aren't a problem.
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All in all, the new Range Rover is a pretty awesome bit of kit.

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