Nowadays, SUVs are as commonly spotted cruising around in cities as they are out in the countryside. With the great safety and security offered by all Land Rover models, it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re ferrying the kids around in an all-new Discovery, or looking for a dose of dynamic luxury with a Range Rover Sport, here are some things to look out for when driving an SUV in the city.
Mind the gap
Things can often get tight when you’re driving around a city. From narrow one-way streets with parked cars either side, to feeling like a bus lane’s edging you towards oncoming traffic, the size of your ride can become an issue. If this is a concern for you, why not take a look at the Range Rover Evoque, which offers stunning contemporary design in compact SUV form. Its nimble steering and agile performance is perfect for quickly changing lane or darting down side streets. And its smaller proportions mean it’s no problem to fit into tight parking spaces. Look out for Land Rover Park Assist for more help with parking up.
Mind the little ones
With your raised seating position, your SUV gives you a superb view of the road ahead. This is ideal for driving on all kinds of roads, and in the city you can easily spot potential hazards. However, it might be a little more difficult to spot things closer to you. Make sure you put your wing mirrors to good use, and be careful when moving off from a standstill, especially if people are looking to cross the road.
Mind the queues
It’s a fact of city life that the streets are usually busy, and there’s not much you can do about it. Waiting around won’t seem so bad, however, when you can sit back in the elegant cabin of the new Range Rover Velar. Plus, if you choose the rear seat entertainment system you’ll get two 8” screens in the back of the front headrests. Your little ones in the back will be oblivious to the gridlock that you’re sitting in, making your journey easier all round.
City driving uses more fuel than if you’re cruising along the open road. This is the reason why you get urban and extra urban fuel economy figures. SUVs can be thirstier than smaller cars, so drive smoothly to spend less time at the pump. Go easy on the accelerator, avoid speeding up quickly just to suddenly brake again, and coast where possible. Also bear in mind that city centre petrol stations are rare, and usually expensive.
The style stakes
Finally, to the vanity of our pride and joy. At Hunters Land Rover, we love the way our SUVs look both inside and out. There’s no better place to show off the good looks of your ride than in a bustling city. It doesn’t get much cooler than the Range Rover Sport, especially when you ramp things up with the muscular SVR model.Give those countless sets of eyes checking out your wheels something to really stare at, and head down to your local Hunters Land Rover retail centre today to have a look at our latest new and used models.