If you think Range Rover owners actually take their prized SUVs off-road for some good fun on a random day of the week, well, there’s a high chance you’d be wrong. In Malaysia at least. So when Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia told us that we could take some of its brand new SUVs off-road, we leapt at the opportunity.

The first order of the day was to take the handsome Range Rover Velar P250 R-Dynamic through a freshly-paved dirt route in MAEPS, Serdang. It was a painstakingly slow four-kilometre journey on muddied surfaces, plus the Velar we drove was literally brand new, with less than 100 km on the odometer. What’s worse, it poured the entire night before, and the Velar ran on factory Continental CrossContact LX Sport tyres.

After that, we took the Land Rover Discovery Sport through an “obstacle course” to find out the SUV’s breadth of capabilities. Examples include water wading tests, the frame twister course, as well a tennis ball challenge. The last course was timed – drivers are required to “touch” 10 tennis balls via the side mirrors (and the side mirrors alone) in under four minutes. If it touches any other part of the car before the side mirrors, or if you’ve exceeded the time limit, then you’re disqualified.

The test drive event was part of the Land Rover Above & Beyond Tour, which is a global initiative that enables Land Rover owners to test their off-road driving skills on a variety of obstacles. The best driver will win an eight-day, all-expense-paid trip to Namibia to drive the new Discovery, among other exciting activities.