Land Rover won my heart during my very first test drive, I think that was in 2011 (although I have driven the g63amg too), a Range Rover belonging to my friend's dad in Amuwo Odofin. It was an amazing experience and ever since I have followed the maker for years even though Mercedes Benz has my heart and the G Class remains my all time favorite SUV.
I posted a picture an asked my followers if they can suggest two cars to compare, lots of suggestions were made, but since I feel these 2 cars na them common pass for Lagos, I decided to do a review on both.
|Range Rover Autobiography and the Mercedes Benz G63AMG|
The big Range Rover sits at the pinnacle of the Land Rover tree, flaunting a level of luxury and performance, on-road and off, that make the large SUV stand squarely above the rest.It's larger, more luxurious and more expensive than the Range Rover Sport, and it has a different, more poised character.Staying true to the form of the original Range Rover, and following suit with the highly successful third-generation model, this fourth-generation Range Rover boasted tweaks that freshened and modernized, while keeping the car unmistakable.The five-passenger interior is more elegant and luxurious, with leather wrapping every surface, providing an environment that feels serene and comfortable, even during the most demanding off-road conditions.
|Range Rover Cockpit|
Customer-configurable LED mood lighting allows the owner to set the tone by varying the intensity of the lighting from a range of 10 colours. This feature is concentrated on the door handles and stowage compartments, as well as following the lines of the lavish, veneered surfaces on the centre console. The footwell lighting can also be adjusted to ambient rather than plain white.
Finer details include leather-wrapped parcel shelf, A, B and C-pillar lower sections and a perforated leather finish on the door insert. The seat backs, ski hatch, parcel shelf and upper D-pillar are also leather wrapped. Tread plates are illuminated with 'Autobiography Black' script whilst a brushed stainless steel tailgate finisher completes the detailing in the loading bay.
|Range Rover Backseat|
For the g63, theres nothing much to say, while it’s instantly recognisable as the ruggedly rectilinear Geländewagen that has been around for more than three decades, the G63 can be distinguished from lesser models by a unique radiator grille and front bumper, flared wheel arches, stainless steel running boards, a macho side-exit sports exhaust system and big, 20-inch alloys.
Most of the switchgear is familiar Mercedes fare, too – the exceptions being the trio of diff lock buttons high up on the centre console and a low-range selector button lower down. The lofty driving position is quite upright, but it’s very comfortable and roomy up front (although rear legroom isn't exactly generous); you're a lot less likely to crack your elbow against the door than in a LR Defender.
One source of noise that is always welcome, of course, is that big twin-turbo V8 and the bellow that emerges from the naughty side-exit exhausts whenever you stir the throttle.
Once you’ve overcome a moment of initial inertia, the G63 accelerates with the same inexorable force as a Bentley. Put it this way: its swollen performance is more than adequate for a vehicle like this, and easily accessed. You can even change gears manually via paddle shifters if you want.
The downside to the Range Rover’s accelerative abilities is, unsurprisingly, a serious thirst for premium fuel – efficiency is rated at 13 city/19 highway/15 combined mpg.
|Range Rover Engine|
The G63 and the Autobiography comes with a lot of awesome luxury features on the interior so really, you can’t go wrong either way. I however prefer the Autobiography’s interior because of it’s modern style and because it offers more options. Depending on what you are looking for and your personal style choosing one of these should serve you just fine. Exterior wise, I personally prefer the box design the G wagon is famous for, but the longer wheel base the Authobiography offers is extremely enticing. Performance wise there isn’t much of a difference but as you can see the price tag difference is huge. Overall if I wanted to choose a vehicle to get more bang for my buck I personally would choose the G63. If I wanted a luxury SUV that offers a lot of perks with a roomy interior, I would choose the Range Rover Autobiography.
So which of the two vehicles do you prefer? Feel free to comment below,