It’s like off roading in an arm chair is how one of my mates has described tackling the rough stuff in a Range Rover – and he’s right!
Long travel coil spring suspension allows the wheels to track the ground, while you sit in luxurious comfort inside. And its not just you who get all the benefits of the comfort, its your passengers as well.
The main drawback of getting a Range Rover for off roading is the proliferation of rust. Although the outer bodywork is alloy, the internals are steel and if you leave wet mud on them you’ll soon be faced with an empty shell. Therefore you must clean them regularly.
The main limiting factor of a Range Rover Classic off road is the standard tyre size. Try following in the ruts left by a Defender 110 and you’ll soon find yourself waggling your wheels in the air.
You could fit a slight lift and bigger tyres, but as soon as you start getting into the realms of modifications, you loose some of the charm of the original.
Range Rover Classic summary
- Pros: Comfort and ability
- Cons: Must be cleaned afterwards, dents don’t look good!
- Off roading rating: 7/10
- Price guide: £400 – £8000
- Advice: V8 versions are great fun, but thirsty. Tdi versions are much more desirable.