Exploration of the autonomous features, powerful engine and striking styling that ensure this SUV excels.
Range Rover core strengths
The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is a new, top of the range, sports-utility vehicle that incorporates semi-autonomous technology. It is among the most complete vehicles on the market as it is luxurious, tremendous off-road, spacious enough for a family and sports a badge that screams prestige. Prices start at £132,800.
Park Assist is among the standard fit, semi-autonomous, systems. It steers the vehicle into parking spaces – both parallel and perpendicular – so the motorist only operates the throttle, transmission and brakes while guided by graphics and audible notifications. The system can steer out of such parking spaces too.
The Autonomous Emergency Braking system incorporates a forward-facing camera that scans for hazards such as slowing cars. If the motorist fails to react and a collision is likely, the system issues a visual/audible warning. If the driver continues to be passive, it brakes to avoid the collision or mitigate its severity.
Adaptive Cruise Control With Queue Assist enables the motorist to set a favoured speed of (say) 40mph. If the traffic ahead slows, the system brakes to maintain a reasonable distance which is particularly helpful in traffic jams. As the road clears, the vehicle speeds-up automatically to the favoured, pre-set, velocity.
Advanced Tow Assist is a zero cost optional extra that eliminates the stress of reversing a trailer. Based on preferences selected via the touchscreen interface and a rotary dial, the vehicle automatically steers to manoeuvre the trailer into the favoured position. The motorist works the throttle, brakes and transmission.
Engine and performance
A 5.0-litre, V8, 550hp, supercharged engine makes this trim the most powerful to ever grace the brand's showroom. Expect: 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, 8-speed auto transmission, a top speed of 155mph and 680Nm of torque. This trim is, therefore, thirstier than its siblings so averages 22.1mpg and emits carbon at a rate of 299g/km.
The SVAutobiography Dynamic comes in standard wheelbase from only so is 4,999mm long, 2,220mm wide and 1,827mm tall. Extras that ensure it stands out include: Brembo branded red callipers, exclusive wheels and paint and a Graphite Atlas finish on the side vents, bonnet finisher, grille, front bumper and tailgate finisher.
The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic has other strengths too.
- The Terrain Response system optimises the response of (say) the engine, gearbox and differential to provide the most grip based on the terrain. Modes are: General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand, and finally Rock Crawl.
- The wading depth through water is 900mm.
- Compared to its siblings, the suspension has been lowered by 8mm to improve body control and agility.
- The cabin has diamond quilted leather seats with contrast stitches, Grand Black door veneers with a contrasting red line, and knurled finish to the start/stop button and pedals.