Thursday 23 January 2020

Range Rover Vogue is simply Electric

YOU know you're getting old when you go to a music festival on board a Range Rover Vogue.

'Not very rock and roll,' is the cry, but giging weekends nowadays are very wimpy affairs, a far cry from sleeping in a boot at the Trip to Tipp.

These are days of so-called boutique festivals and there is no finer example of this first-world phenomenon than Electric Picnic.

Rustic crafts stalls, children's zones and fine-dining experiences operate in tandem with intimate music tents and Body and Soul experiences.

Anyway, last weekend, I took the brand new Vogue to Electric Picnic, which isn't all that remarkable in itself, when you consider EP is a boutique festival, as it likes to be called.

But if there is one car that doesn't comply with the ethos of a hippy fest it's probably the one that has a reputation for ferrying the more privileged bottoms in high society around the place.



However, Electric Picnic isn't so much a socialist revolution for fans of free love and free social benefits, it's a festival for the better-off members of society and their privileged friends.

EP is one of those events where well-off young and not-so-young people fork out a couple of hundred quid for the honour of sitting in a field in Co Laois, with thousands of similar folk.

They do not have to eat out of tins and pee into pots, however, this is boutique glamping at its finest.

And unlike other music events, there is little chance that you will wake up with a gouger in your tent pilfering your belongings and helping himself to your supply of Dom Perignon.

Now, driving across a dry field to get my parking place is hardly what one would term off-road driving, but sadly this was the closest I got to testing her 4x4 powers . . . and it glided.

Anyway, the Vogue isn't for the off-roader with a drive to hop over hills and dunes, this is far more civilised than that.

This is a car for the golf club, the executive car park, the private members' club.

And while it was the carriage of choice for the made men of the boom, it is still the must-have for the old-moneyed, or the growing number of post-depression IT executives.

It's all very well being a status symbol, but what is the all-new Vogue really like?

Well, this is the best motoring experience I've enjoyed all year – it hit the sweet spot in just about every which way possible.

The new Vogue differs from the past mainly due to the fact it is a lot lighter, meaning it no longer spews the emissions of a small country when you drive it, making it far more economical and eco-friendly. This is because the TDV6 diesel is unlike the old V8 model, making it obviously lighter, and when aluminium reductions are included, a full 450kg slimmer.

The real joy of the new Range Rover, though, is the onboard luxury, which one has come to expect from RR. There are all the tools you could hope for, including television for front-seat passengers, fully i-compatible and the best sound system in motoring.

There is even a Batmobile feel to this car, where a giant Range Rover logo beams out on to the ground when it's dark, for no apparent reason but to look extremely cool. And that's exactly what the Range Rover Vogue is, extremely cool.

Prices for the Range Rover start at €119,355.

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