- Springboks Range Rover Sport SVR Photo by Lance Branquinho

Simply put, its the other SUV celebrities are driving if they are not in their G Wagons or Bentley Bentaygas.

From the Kardashians to our very own lunatic of a celebrity, Ginimbi who has one or in the latter’s case, about four or five of them to be more accurate and for good reason. Its a bonafide status symbol. So whether you are a celebrity or a “business man/woman” the Range Rover signifies some sort of a ‘right of passage’ if you will. Your mouthpiece to tell the world....’Momma I made it!!’

Its quite an impressive feet for Land Rover Range Rover, to create a vehicle even worthy of Queen Elizabeth's driving pleasure whilst simultaneously having the off road capabilities to give the more rugged off-road vehicles on the market like the Jeep Wrangler a good run for their money.

Queen Elizabeth driving a Range Rover https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Does-Queen-Elizabeth-II-Know-How-Drive-45313439

Queen Elizabeth driving a Range Rover https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Does-Queen-Elizabeth-II-Know-How-Drive-45313439

Lets take a look back to where it all began shall we?

The first generation of the Range Rover came out in 1970 as a strict 3 door SUV and was in production all the way up to 1996. (That's a freakishly long run!) By 1981, it at least grew two more doors aiding in practicality. Interestingly enough It was not originally designed to be a luxury vehicle as these models had basic interior design and materials for easy cleaning purposes even with a hose if you so wish. Approximately eight engine choices were available in either petrol or diesel V8’s with power output ranging from 111hp to 200hp.

First Generation Range Rover Picture by Kirk Bell https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1108705_land-rover-offering-factory-restored-first-gen-range-rovers

First Generation Range Rover Picture by Kirk Bell https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1108705_land-rover-offering-factory-restored-first-gen-range-rovers

1994 saw the birth of generation 2 of the Range Rover. It was from this model onwards that the Rover began to feature more upmarket features due to increased competition, and also from BMW’s influence as a result of its acquisition of the brand at the time. Gen 2 ran from 1994 to 2002.

Second Generation Range Rover http://www.dunsfoldcollection.co.uk/collection/range-rover/holland-and-holland-p38

Second Generation Range Rover http://www.dunsfoldcollection.co.uk/collection/range-rover/holland-and-holland-p38

It was in generation 3 that the brand really came into its own as an upmarket vehicle. It also benefited from sharing parts with BMW’s top tier vehicles mainly its flagship 7 Series and 5 Series models. It is also during this run, that the Range Rover Sport was introduced, in 2004 and it sold like hot cakes.

Third Generation Range Rover https://carlook.net/ja/db/land_rover/range_rover/3rd2_f/suv5d/

Third Generation Range Rover https://carlook.net/ja/db/land_rover/range_rover/3rd2_f/suv5d/

Now in its 4th generation, the Range Rover is still going strong, still seen as a symbol of great opulence. Within this production run, we have seen the return of the Range Rover Sport and the introduction of the all new Evoque, as well as the Velar.

Range Rover Evoque https://www.landroverknoxville.com/new/Land+Rover/2020-Land+Rover-Range+Rover+Evoque-e70ca0e50a0e0adf28121c4552d5f01f.htm

Range Rover Evoque https://www.landroverknoxville.com/new/Land+Rover/2020-Land+Rover-Range+Rover+Evoque-e70ca0e50a0e0adf28121c4552d5f01f.htm

Range Rover Velar Picture by Jerry Reynolds https://www.carprousa.com/2018-Range-Rover-Velar-R-Dynamic-Test-Drive/review/222799

Range Rover Velar Picture by Jerry Reynolds https://www.carprousa.com/2018-Range-Rover-Velar-R-Dynamic-Test-Drive/review/222799

Now lets bring it home...

The third and fourth generation models are mostly found in the capital city of Zimbabwe, called Harare. Here you can find all sorts of examples running about with a lot of head turning from the public as they gaze at what money looks like in the form of a car.

So you may be considering to buy one with your newly found or soon to be acquired wealth. Here’s what you need to know.

On the upside, if you get a Range Rover, your neighbours will surely look at you in a different light, and so will everyone else, even in the 3rd generation variant. Whether thats good or bad is solely subjective.

In the latest variant, the Range comes with a 3 screen setup. One which acts as a digital cockpit display and two centre screens. With a wide variety of interior options to choose from, it is very easy to make your Range Rover suit your taste or sometimes lack thereof.

However, the Range Rover has also gained a negative reputation when it comes to reliability. It is unfortunate that even with the new models, there have already been well documented instances where the infotainment screens have malfunctioned whilst being tested by automotive journalists.

Older models are plagued with an array of electronic failures and mechanical failures such as the air suspension, gearboxes and the fuse board just to name a few.

So what do I think?

Truth be told, a Range Rover is a very enticing vehicle as it seems to be the very definition of the SUV term which stands for “Sports Utility Vehicle.” If you can handle the high running costs, I say go for it. If however you can barely afford to pay the asking price and you don’t have ‘just incase’ funds at hand, I suggest you turn your attention to Japanese options as these brands are much more reliable. If it is luxury or status you are after, why not go for a Lexus which is also known as the ‘Japanese Mercedes Benz’. To me that is a high praise and worth giving it a look particularly the LX line.

Lexus LX 570 https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2020-lexus-lx-570-sport-package-suv-debut/

Lexus LX 570 https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2020-lexus-lx-570-sport-package-suv-debut/

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