For 2015, the premium Land Rover Range Rover SUV continues on as the fourth generation of a long line of pedigree British Motoring. The Range Rover had a major update in 2014 with a flush-look front fascia, updated taillights and more use of lightweight aluminum construction to keep weight down. Also debuting in 2014 was a new eight-speed automatic transmission, with paddle shifters and the option of a V6 engine.
The Land Rover Range Rover is offered in four versions: the Range Rover at $102,555, the Range Rover HSE at $106,555, the Supercharged Range Rover at $117,555 and the Autobiography Range Rover at $152,555.
There are two engine options based on the Range Rover model chosen: a supercharged 3.0 litre DOHC V6 offering 340 hp or a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 that makes an impressive 510 hp. Both engines are combined with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with stop-start technology.
Safety features in the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover include ABS brakes, electronic braking assistance, electronic brake-force distribution, dynamic stability and anti-roll stability control, trailer stability control, terrain response auto adjustment, electronic traction control, active speed limiter, dynamic route guidance and lateral and rear obstacle warnings.
Step into the cabin and you are greeted by a smartly designed ambience. A commanding driving position and good head room are also welcome. The seats are well proportioned and comfortable. High quality soft-touch plastics, flush-fitting switches and rich leather dominate. The dash is also smart with a padded feel and well-designed easy to read instruments and controls. Attractive features include a start button on the dash beside the twin-dial instrument layout. An easy to read screen for navigation, phone, and audio is also present.
The rear cabin offers good legroom and headroom department; Generally the cabin and cargo space for the Range Rover is quite impressive. On the road, the Range Rover has no trouble handling corners and off-roading if need be. The class-beating ground clearance also allows it to handle rough terrain with aplomb,
The ride comfort is extremely good with a smooth ride. The high seating position means drivers and passengers feel well protected. With the adrenaline –inducing V8 power, four –wheel drive system and big powerful brakes the V8 Range Rover always feels confident and well cosseted by the tank like protection. However, the light power assisted steering and the available Park Assist and Vision Assist packages do help in negotiating parking and tight surroundings. The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover competes with such luminaries as the: BMW X5, the Cadillac Escalade, the Infiniti QX80, the Lexus LX570, the Lincoln Navigator and the Porsche Cayenne.
Built to be indestructible on road and off – imposing, powerful and luxurious – the Range Rover lineup is hard to fault. True, the big V8 is thirsty, but buyers in this market may not criticize the costs really. Buy it in deep glossy black and you really will feel like a millionaire!
2015 Land Rover Range Rover, priced from $102,555 – $152,555.