The Land Rover Range Rover. Certainly a mouthful of a model name. Despite the tongue twister model designation, it's combination of elegance and utter capabilities make this a model sought after by almost every segment of affluent buyers.
The Range Rover utilizes Land Rovers sophisticated, and highly adjustable air bag suspension. This affords a smooth controlled highway ride, with enough well damped travel to tame just about any jungle trail you can point it down. The British Auto Maker's jewel of technology, the Terrain Response system is available as well, making it even more capable off road. All of this is put into action with the available 510 HP 5.0 liter supercharged V-8 (a Jaguar piece) which puts its power to the ground through a 6 speed transmission.
The interior offers enough luxury to keep a Rolls Royce or Bentley owner content. Though only the Land Rover gives you the opportunity to enjoy such luxury while plowing through a untended trail through rough country. While very competent as an off road vehicles, most of the Range Rovers that are sold will find their way into suburban or city driving chores. They will excel there as they do in any other situation.
Engines: 5.0L V-8, 5.0L supercharged V-8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Models: HSE, HSE LUX, Supercharged, Autobiography
Like its only slightly less opulent LR4 sibling, the Range Rover benefits from new Jaguar-sourced power for 2010 -- including the LR4's 375-horse unit in the HSE and a 510-horse blown version in the Supercharged edition. Other updates include refinements to the suspension, a restyled interior, a new surround-view parking system, blind-spot monitoring, and more.
You don't mess with a classic: minor freshening carries the Rover shape onward. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard on the HSE, while the Supercharged wears standard 20s. Regal bearing included, no charge.
They don't get any nicer than this. Or more loaded. Standard equipment includes voice-activated nav, Bluetooth, surround-sound audio, and tri-zone climate control. Options include ventilated front seats and a heated wood and leather steering wheel.
Performance & Handling
With its boosted engine, the Supercharged is a real road rocket. And the hardware upgrades don't stop under the hood. Other S/C features include Brembo brakes, an electronically locking rear diff, adaptive suspension damping, and blind-spot detection. Even in "base" HSE trim, though, the Range Rover has all the competence of a military machine. But would you dare risk a scratch?
In addition to a full suite of airbags (including one for the driver's knee), the Rover boasts standard front and rear parking sensors and a parking camera whose display reveals a 360-degree "overhead" view.
EPA Fuel Economy
HSE: 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway
Supercharged: 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway
- Extravagant luxury
- Peerless competence
- Sublime ride
- Eating crumpets in the Amazon
You Won't Like
- Making the monthly payments
- Making friends at the gas station
- Howler monkeys scratching your paint
A luxury tank second to none
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