On the move, astonishingly, despite a heavy right foot and twisting country lanes, we achieved 23mpg, one more mpg than the quoted Combined figure, which I'd never done before in my life; last time I drove the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 in a Range Rover, six years ago, I was lucky to see 16mpg.
Inside, the SVO touches are surprisingly subtle, but when you get back in a “bog-standard” Range Rover, you notice the difference. Much of the black plastic around dials and switches in the standard model is replaced by knurled aluminium in the SVAutobiography. And you get quilted leather seats in a new choice of colours, with dual-tone inserts. Our test car seats were red and black, with the red picked up on the steering-wheel paddles and a circle round the rotary gearshift. They are pleasing design touches. The higher trim also gives you no-cost options of 10-inch entertainment touchscreens in the seat headrests, head-up display for the driver and electrically deployable towbar.
Should you choose to do some serious off-roading, it’s still among the very best, but this model is a glorious statement of 21st-century glamour and luxury, for drifting through the Cotswolds or across the Continent.
Price as tested: £132,800