The Range Rover established the luxury SUV niche more than four decades ago. Today, it shows no sign of slowing down. The 2017 Range Rover continues the SUV’s tradition of uncompromising balance. Thanks to its supple air suspension, it’s just as capable of trudging through wilderness as it is soaking up potholes. Its stately physique is complemented by an elegant and refined cabin. Standard features are plentiful, and for those with more discerning tastes – and deeper pockets – the options list is long.
The Range Rover backs up its imposing looks with robust performance, thanks to a selection of V6 and V8 engines. Factor in a hearty 7,700-pound towing capacity, great diesel fuel economy, generous cargo space, and an airy cabin, and you’re looking at one of the best luxury large SUVs on sale today.
EXTERIORS AND STYLE ;
Land Rover has been out for a long time in the market and it never actually had a serious makeover whatsoever. It is not because people in Britain are too skeptical about it or they are too busy assisting US in invading oil wells but because they always knew that Range Rover had a near-perfect design from the very first day itself.
The front of the Range Rover still portrays a broad and butchy stance. Grille is still massive and protrudes out with an intimidating visage. The new adaptive xenon headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) makes Ranger Rover much more modern and sophisticated than its predecessor. Almost camera lens detailing on the xenon bulbs is a nice touch too. New generation model is little bit wider and lower than the previous one and therefore makes the car much more appealing to a wider audience. Side profile of the Range Rover has been tweaked slightly making it the most aerodynamic model of all of the Range Rovers with an aerodynamic coefficient of just 0.34. That along with new lighter all-aluminum unibody improves the performance of the car and makes it much more dynamic and agile for its size. The V6 variant comes with 19” five-split spoke alloy wheels whereas both the petrol and diesel V8 rides on 20” alloy wheels. Side gills and aluminum side strip have a personalization color option to it. Overall, the car is longer than the previous model but with more curves and lowered roof it looks equally proportioned. Rear end looks good with LED tail-lamps and roof-spoiler. Although the raised-up bumper and split tailgate makes it more functional and boxy it is still is a very nice looking and quality product nevertheless. Land Rover has made the car much more modern and appealing from the outside but for some the less-brawny character and a bit resemblance with Ford Explorer makes Range Rover not everyone’s cup of tea.
INTERIORS AND SPACE ;
Walk straight inside the new Range Rover, thanks to its wide doors and height and you will simply be amazed by the level of quality and luxury inside the cabin. Everything in the new Range Rover makes you feel this is a concept car and a not a production model, leaving you spellbound. The attention to detail is staggering and so are the comfort levels in the opulent interiors, which can give a 7-star presidential suite a complex. Material quality is of the highest standard and the new Range Rover can be called the Rolls-Royce of SUVs. Soft leather, wood and metal have been used flawlessly to create a panache of luxury, making you feel a sense of occasion every time you step in. Even the stitching on the seats have been monitored thoroughly to give consistency and visual delight. Everything has been meticulously thought off, including storage places, which although abundant are neatly placed. There are umbrella holders on doors along with bottle holders and map pockets. Twin glove boxes are opened by buttons on the dashboard, while there are twin sun blinds for each of the front passengers. Cabin lights can be illuminated with a feather touch.
The dashboard now features a clean layout with drastically reduced buttons over its predecessor. The large steering wheel houses buttons to utilize in car functions and the seats are positioned perfectly to give easy access to all controls. The instrument cluster is completely digital and has white dials with blue rings. It is extremely easy on the eyes and is quite high tech with plethora of car functions embedded into it. Some styling cues come from the Evoque, like the touch screen unit which works perfectly. The navigation maps on the vehicle don’t seem to work well in Indian environment though. The 8-inch display is highly rich in content and carries an array of data, including various performance metrics and all around cameras (Surround Camera System). The centre console is clean and features brushed aluminium pillars on each side of the centre stack with the rising gear knob, Range Rover badging, Terrain Response System controls and storage bay in between the front seats.
The Range Rover is now a 4-seater and every occupant gets to pamper themselves with the optional rear executive class seating. Each of the 4-seats are semi-airline leather seats with 18-way adjustment and massage function. Thus, each occupant gets the same set of buttons to adjust the seat to their liking. The headrests are particularly soft and the increase in wheelbase along with clever engineering has led to impressive rear legroom (increase of 118 mm over previous model). The rear seat occupants also get entertainment system with individual LCD screens, remote control and wireless headphones. The only gripe we have with the rear entertainment system is the TV, which somehow doesn’t catch proper reception. This issue is most likely an India centric one.
Land Rover designers haven’t even left the door handles which have been crafted with utter precision. The cabin has LED mood lightning, which highlight the cabin’s design in the night. The 29-speaker Meridian surrond sound system gives the new Range Rover an entirely different aural delight. Sound quality is crisp and can easily rival a disco. The twin-split tail gate is electronically operated and the Range Rover can fit in big bags without a hiccup. One need not push the door to close it, a slight tap is enough, as the doors have suction function to close the door even with a gentle nudge. The new Range Rover also boasts of the biggest panoramic roof, which weighs in at 52 kgs and gives a very airy feel to the cabin. We were impressed with the adaptive xenon headlamps which move quickly to point in the direction you are turning before you reach there. The illumination from the headlights is top class too.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;
The base engine in the 2016 Range Rover is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 340 hp and 332 pound-feet of torque. It’s standard on the SE trim, while the HSE gets a tweaked version that’s rated at 380 hp. EPA fuel economy estimates are 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway) either way.Newly available for 2016 is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, known as the “Td6” and rated for 254 hp and a formidable 443 lb-ft of torque. The EPA pegs it at 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway), a remarkably efficient result for such a heavy vehicle. You can get the diesel engine in either base or HSE trim.Supercharged and Autobiography models step up to a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 engine producing 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. The SV Autobiography gets a tweaked version that’s good for 550 hp and 502 lb-ft. EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 16 mpg combined (14 city/19 highway).
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with all engines, as is full-time four-wheel drive. The standard Terrain Response system provides five driver-selectable terrain modes with distinct powertrain, suspension and traction-control settings, while the optional Terrain Response 2 system adds an adaptive mode that senses surface conditions and adjusts the settings automatically. Land Rover’s All-Terrain Progress Control extends the functionality of Hill Descent Control by maintaining a driver-specified speed (up to 20 mph) regardless of terrain incline. An active locking rear differential is optional on the Supercharged and standard on the two Autobiography trims.Land Rover says the base Range Rover V6 will hustle from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, which is on the slower side for a high-end luxury SUV. In Edmunds track testing, the new diesel model hit 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. On the other end of the spectrum, a Range Rover Supercharged thundered to 60 mph in a stunningly quick 4.7 seconds.
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
The 2016 Range Rover’s entry-level supercharged V6 is a fine engine in its own right, but it can feel somewhat overmatched by the Range Rover’s imposing mass. The addition of 40 extra horsepower in the HSE model is helpful in this regard, as is the new turbodiesel engine, which effortlessly gets that mass moving with its huge low-end torque. That said, if your investment accounts are ready for a Range Rover, you might as well go all the way and grab the supercharged V8. Initial response to your gas pedal inputs can be a bit abrupt, producing less than civilized lurches at times, but the 5.0-liter mill is undeniably strong. The even larger and heavier Range Rover LWB doesn’t feel quite so spirited with the 510-hp version of the V8 (the extra 40 horses attempt to alleviate this in the SV Autobiography), but there’s still more than enough power on tap for refined, elegant acceleration.
On the downside, the Range Rover doesn’t exactly bristle with athleticism on winding roads, and the ride quality can be somewhat brittle over rough pavement. That’s especially true if you opt for one of the larger wheel options; they go as high as 22 inches, and we feel even the Autobiography’s standard 21s are pushing it. You’ll find a bit more ride comfort in the LWB models, which do a better job of ironing out road imperfections. Either way, we suggest paying close attention to the steering during your test-drive; although it’s light and precise around town, we’ve found it gets somewhat heavy at highway speeds. Off-road, of course, the 2016 Range Rover is very capable, easily powering through challenging terrain that would stop most luxury SUVs in their tracks. ;
BRAKING AND SAFETY ;
The braking system of the Range Rovers is well designed and well-crafted all kinds of possible scenarios. Cornering Braking Control (CBC), Electric Parking Brakeare been some key features of the Range Rover. All of this car has got Terrain Responses provided with it.Like all other fields, Range Rover have passed in the safety field from ARAI, the Indian Homologation Authority. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) are some of the key features of Range Rover. The all-around airbags of driver and passengers and the Emergency Assist have enhanced the field.
The new Range Rover is a giant leap over its predecessor. This multi faceted vehicle can do quite a few things with such precision, it inspires awe. The levels of engineering is excessive with over the top attention to detail. The new Range Rover can make other SUVs look two generations old, while at the same time, it can put to shame quite a few luxury sedans too. Combine that with genuine off-road ability, high end technology, smooth performance and crater bashing ride quality and you know why the new Range Rover is simply unmatched in many regards. The only chink in its armour is the price, which at an exorbitant Rs. 2.18 crore for the top spec Autobiography variant is very steep. However what you get is thorough exclusivity and a bespoke SUV which none can match. The new Range Rover thus further cements its position as the ultimate luxury SUV in the world.