There is no doubt that the Range Rover is iconic in all forms, fans of the marque, and sales, have gone from strength to strength since its inception in 1971. When the design team under the ownership of BMW were given a blank sheet of paper for the third generation model, codenamed L322, the results were staggering. With big dimensions and traditional detail it had the style that its predecessor seriously lacked. Now imperious with genuine presence, gone were the cheap plastic finishes and crude parts-bin feel, the all new Range Rover feels more like an off road Rolls Royce.
With a choice of either the Td6 diesel or 4.4 V8 petrol, both supplied by BMW, reliability has proved good. In 2007 the TDV8 diesel was introduced which produced an impressive 272bhp knocking over 4 seconds off the 0-60 time and returning an average 25mpg. For the petrolheads the BMW V8 was then replaced with the solid 2nd generation AJ-V8 engines and later the 3rd generation engines. As you would expect with a flagship Range Rover it has every extra imaginable and is jam packed with technology. On the downside, this means the old days of spending time in your garage with your old Range Rover Classic with a Haynes manual are long gone, the only way to find faults is using specialist diagnostic equipment.