The Good Brilliant rear-seat entertainment system; intensely cool 360-degree camera; Outstanding off-road performance; Mandatory carbon offsetting programme.
The Bad Doesn't come cheap; High running costs; Carbon offsetting doesn't lower road tax.
The Bottom Line The 2011 Range Rover combines stonking luxury with exceptional off-road performance. A vehicle very much at the top of its game.
Range Rover 2011
Thebrings with it a wealth of new-fangled technology. This model acquires a new rear-seat entertainment package, a cleaner, more powerful, more efficient engine, and subtle tweaks to its bodywork, including a new grille, wheels and vents. But in its quest to become more civilised, has it lost its off-roading pedigree?
Land Rover would have you believe this car is an ideal candidate for trundling across inhospitable deserts or expeditions in the arctic, but you wouldn't think so to look inside. The top of the range Autobiography model we drove was ludicrously luxurious -- particularly in the back, where it has one of the best rear-seat entertainment systems we've seen.
A pair of rear-facing 5-inch TFT displays are mounted into the front headsets, on which passengers can watch DVDs and digital Freeview telly, or even enjoy devices such as games consoles, which can be connected via twin composite inputs and juiced from a dedicated power point. Audio can be played over the car's superb Harmon Kardon speaker system, or -- if Mummy and Daddy don't want to hear what's going on back there -- channelled directly to a set of wireless headphones.