Range Rover is a 4×4 SUV built for offroading by the British car manufacturer Land Rover. The first generation of Range Rover was produced from 1970 to 1996. It was available only in a two-door body up to 1981, although before this, four-door models were produced by specialist firms.
The early Range Rover was not designed as a luxury-type vehicle. Convenient features such as cloth/leather seats, carpeted floors, air conditioning, power steering, and wooden interior trim were fitted later.
In 1970 Range Rover was introduced as a 3-door model with the production of 5-door models commencing in the early 1980s. Currently, the Range Rover is in its fourth generation. The 1st generation was from 1970 to 1996, the 2nd generation was from 1994 to 2002, the 3rd generation was from 2002 to 2012 and the latest generation which is the 4th generation was from 2012 to the present.
Land Rover expanded the use of the Range Rover sub-brand by introducing Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Velar, and Range Rover Sports. After the development of the Range Rover Stormer concept vehicle, which was called Range Rover Sports “L320” then the Range Rover Sports came into production. This is no new specification, rather an adaptation from Discovery “L319” in the Range Rover lineup. Out of all the Land Rover products, Range Rover Sports became the best seller. In late 2004 this model was released for sale as a 2004 model and restyled its sports version in 2013 and released for sale as a 2014 model year.
The Range Rover Evoque came into production in July 2011. It is available with a 3-door or 5-door hatchback body, front-wheel drive, or 4-wheel drive, and with a 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine or 1 or 2 different power output 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engines.
In March 2017 Land Rover unveiled a mid-size crossover using the Range Rover name and named the Range Rover Velar which serves as the base for its design and on its bodywork its roofline running away and uses the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace.
Interior & Exterior
The Autobiography model features a heated steering wheel, panoramic roof, and a beautifully designed dash, while the SV Autobiography Dynamic is almost worth considering as a separate model.
It is the most luxurious on the lineup, though, with almost every conceivable toy on it. That includes 24-way adjustable heated, massaging, cooled front seats, four-zone climate control, ebony quilted perforated semi-aniline leather upholstery, and cabin preconditioning with remote function.
Previous generations of Range Rover models have suffered from reliability niggles in previous years. Range Rover worked hard to improve its cars’ durability. Range Rover kits the Rover out with an attractive array of safety equipment as standard, including a full set of ABS, airbags, seat belt reminders, ESP, trailer stability control, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring.
For feel, sense of image, and superiority, the Range Rovers can line up against limos concerning legroom. Legroom used to be what let it down, but the addition of the LWB to the range sorted that out. If you need to take it one step further there’s the option of Executive Class Seating arrangement at the back, providing 2 individual chairs with 40 degrees of recline and a powered center console that, when in place, provides a 3rd middle seat. There’s also 3 zone ambient lighting and various multimedia options such as a 1,700w 29-speaker Meridian stereo.
There is also an option for a 13-speaker plus subwoofer 380W affair in Range Rover Vogue, while the Autobiography and Vogue SE is upgraded to 19 speakers plus subwoofer and 825W.
Engines & Performance
The Range Rover used coil springs as opposed to leaf springs, four-wheel disc brakes, and permanent four-wheel drive. The Range Rover was powered by diesel engines and various Rover V8 engines.
Range Rover can keep up with its German competitor in terms of luxury and refinement, but what makes it differ from them is its mega off-road ability and huge towing power.
The Range Rover is also quite attractive and refined inside no matter which engine you choose, while the smooth 8-speed automatic gearbox contributes to a relaxed driving experience.
The Range Rover standard adaptive damping and air suspension deliver an attractively composed ride, which is only set up when the large wheels thump into a badly repaired pothole. If comfort is your priority, the long-wheelbase car is even more indulging.
Additionally, the Range Rover’s steering is well-weighted and accurate, and the optional Active Lean Control to tighten body control even further can be added up.
Range Rover lovers can choose from 2 diesel engines and 2 supercharged petrol engines, alongside mild-hybrid and plug-in versions.
The 3.0-liter V6 in the SDV6 delivers 271 bhp between 3,500 and 4,250rpm from just 1,500rpm, making it more capable of dealing with the 2-tonne-plus bulk of the Range Rover. It does 0-62mph in a completely acceptable 7.9 seconds, going on to reach a top speed of 130mph.
Range Rovers offer many desirable driver-assistance technology systems, but many such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist are optional, which is disappointing considering the SUV’s lofty price. Key safety features include automated emergency braking and Standard forward-collision warning, Standard lane-departure warning, and Available adaptive cruise control
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Originally published Apr 8, 2020, updated Oct 16, 2021
Written by: Josephat Lukaza