When it comes to luxury cars, our priority tends towards the former of our two headline dynamic traits. And providing a smooth secondary ride – that is, a car’s ability to smooth out smaller surface imperfections – should, in theory at least, be the Range Rover’s forte. A heavy bodyshell and high-profile rubber usually proffer exceptional bump-soothing qualities. And so it proves here, with this large 4x4 providing excellent isolation from the roughest and toughest of surfaces taken at low speeds.
It is exceptional, in fact, and particularly so given that, despite the many advantages a Range Rover does have, it is also equipped with air springs, which are not always the ideal choice for quiet progress over sharp ridges. Air suspension’s major advantage comes while traversing larger inputs and degrees of wheel travel, which can be compensated for by adjusting the air pressure. And so it proves.
Despite the Range Rover’s generous maximum wheel travel, it remains exceptionally stable across higher-speed roads that dip and crest and brow and have bad cambers, thanks to its active dampers and anti-roll bars. In corners, meanwhile, it is uncannily flat and fleet-footed for a car of such size.
The TDV6 doesn't come with the active anti-roll system, which makes it float about more than the two V8s, but its lower weight (thanks to the smaller engine) helps it to feel just as agile as the larger engined cars. And the supercharged V8 is just as deft and able as the diesel V8.