There's a certain feeling you gets driving the new Range Rover Vogue for the first time.
It kicks in some time after every second person has turned their head as you drive past and reaches its peak after you've had a play with the multitude of features available, your backside has been cooled and massaged on a 40C day, and your passenger has kicked back and watched the cricket.
As you relax in your splendid surrounds and look down from your elevated position on the hordes of other SUVs driving around you, you start to feel something like - well - royalty.
Of course, that isn't necessarily anything new. Land Rover has long aimed to make their flagship SUV as big, lavish and generally over-the-top as possible - but the fourth-generation model takes things to another level.
Hopping inside, you feel like you've taken your seat in first-class of an aeroplane. It's big, roomy, surrounded by sumptuous leather and a whole heap of creature comforts, with even those in the back able to stretch out in comfort.
As well as the heated/cooled/ massaging seats, the test car also had a cooler box in the centre console and a dual-view touch screen which allows passengers to watch digital TV, but the driver can only see the menu options.
A set of wireless headphones means those not wanting to be distracted don't have to listen. Rear passengers can watch separate programs should the buyer choose to have screens in the front headrests.
It's a great feature and with the dual-view screen, about as safe as a TV in the front of a car can be from a driver-distraction perspective.
There are many other features which would be standouts in other vehicles - Bluetooth, sat-nav with go-home function, and a superb entertainment system among them. Yet Land Rover has drastically reduced the number of buttons and switches, making the interior feel clean.
But perhaps the biggest evolution is the body of the car. Made from aluminium, it has made the vehicle 420kg lighter.
That means when combined with stop-start technology, the turbo-diesel V6 uses 22 per cent less fuel than the turbo-diesel V8.
But it can still move the big beast, making the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel we tested the likely engine of choice for many over the 4.4-litre V8 diesel and the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine also on offer.
Also, the Rangie is born from a proud off-road heritage.
If you're going to pay this much for a four-wheel drive you want it to be able to go anywhere and the latest version can do that with aplomb.
The off-road tools are easy to use: a push of a button adjusts the ground clearance up to 303mm.
When off road, the car will automatically choose the right suspension and drive mode. However, the driver can also make the choice with a cluster of buttons on the centre console.
The Vogue is the top-spec 3.0-litre model, coming in $10,000 more than the entry level HSE at $168,990, and to get many of the best features you'll have to tick the options box.
The test model was equipped with nearly $14,000 worth of extras ranging from the ho-hum (sliding panoramic roof, load space rails and crossbeam) to top-notch (dual-view screen, solar attenuating glass).
However, having blind-spot monitoring only as an $840 option is a bit of a letdown, and the lack of extensive driver assist technologies is surprising.
Not that you'll likely notice or care, though. This is an immaculate vehicle which will courier you in comfort befitting a king no matter where you choose to go.RANGE ROVER VOGUE
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