The Land Rover Range Rover is one of the most impressive cars on the market because it is widely regarded as the best luxury SUV money can buy. Anybody who wants to buy a Range Rover is clearly looking for an SUV with unbeatable off-road performance but luxury to match any of the luxury saloons and estates available in the UK. With prices starting from nearly £70,000, the Range Rover will not be a best-seller in the UK (a sub-£30,000 Range Rover, the Evoque, will be launched in September 2011) but the price reflects the ultimate luxury available with the Range Rover. In celebration of one of the most iconic luxury cars on the market today, we’ve compiled a guide to the Range Rover, including a section on the options for those who want to bump up the exclusivity and luxury even further.
What do I get with the Range Rover?
The Range Rover comes in three trim levels; Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography. Usually the least expensive, or entry-level trim, will be sparsely equipped. However, in a Range Rover the £68,985 price tag means this is far from the truth. The Range Rover Vogue comes with plenty of driving aids to ensure the off-road performance is still there. These include the Terrain Response system, which cleverly tweaks the car’s setup to deliver the best possible performance depending on the type of terrain being driven on. It also includes hill start assist and a gradient acceleration control. Inside, the Range Rover Vogue is kitted out in premium leather and the rear seats are heated. The car comes with an electric sunroof, wood veneer trim and a sound system featuring 14 speakers, which can be extended to 19 speakers with an optional pack. Moving up the range, the Range Rover SE starts from £76,135 and adds even more equipment to the standard Vogue specification. This Range Rover Voque SE adds heated and cooled front seats, an optional rear entertainment pack which includes DVD players in the back of the driver and passenger seats. New 20″ alloy wheels, adaptive headlamps and a new luxury wood veneer are also thrown into the package. The final model in the range is the Range Rover Autobiography, a stunning model priced from £83,185. Alongside some powerful engines (see below), the Autobiography adds even more equipment as the range-topping option. Extra equipment includes some new exterior styling to highlight its ‘craftsmanship and exclusivity’, including a new front grille and side vents set off by exclusive new alloy wheels. It also comes with full leather headlining and an upgrade to some of the interior equipment.
What Range Rover engines are available?
The three different specification levels share the same engine – a new 4.4-litre V8 diesel unit matched to a ‘paddle shift’ gearbox. However, Autobiography buyers can choose the Supercharged Autobiography fitted with a 5.0-litre supercharged diesel engine for added performance – but with the downside of added fuel consumption as well.
I want something extra
If the Range Rover Autobiography is not enough – and we would imagine it is for all but the most dedicated Land Rover enthusiasts, you could always try one of these three customisations to add a little extra.
Perrys Rocar Moores in Huddersfield offers a fun way of making a Range Rover stand out – by fitting striking wraps to the car and adding other stylish touches such as carbon fibre detailing to the door handles and front splitter.
Ultimate is such an overused word because it should mean the elite – the unbeatable, best thing possible. However, the £130,000 Range Rover Ultimate Edition certainly fits the bill. Available with a 4.4-litre V8 or the supercharged 5.0-litre – and to be honest, the latter is the only real option to suit the style of the car – the Ultimate Edition is a lesson in opulence and luxury. Inside, there are specially designed individual seats, wood and leather throughout and even a drinks chiller and laptop table. It also comes equipped with iPads in the back of the driver and passenger seats. It doesn’t stop there, however. The Range Rover Ultimate Edition, also adds a yacht-style teak floor with leather and aluminium highlights in the boot. The car was so impressive, reports suggest several Chinese buyers wanted to buy a model there and then when it appeared at the Shanghai Auto Show this year.
Modding a car yourself can often end in disaster, and can reduce the price of the car itself drastically. Land Rover has an ‘official’ brand which modifies the Range Rover – Overfinch. Promising bespoke additions to the standard Range Rover, Overfinch Range Rovers are not for the faint-hearted. Styling additions, engine tweaks and added luxury all come as part of the packs, allowing the owner to transform the Range Rover to hundreds, if not thousands, of different configurations. More recently, ‘Project Khan’ has launched its own take on the Range Rover – named the 2012 Vesuvius edition Sport 300. That lengthy moniker is backed up by a special orange bonnet, stainless steel exhaust, orange interior highlights and a new supercharged engine. The lengthy list of components, says Project Khan, can even be ordered separately, allowing an owner to completely customise the Range Rover to specific specifications. Browse new and used Range Rover prices Book a Range Rover test drive