2012 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged – Review

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RANGE ROVER INTERIOR

Inside, the Range Rover came with sand Oxford leather seats with sand-colored carpeting, making for a very elegant look.  The interior was cavernous and the seats provided excellent support and comfort.

The Silver Pack ($5500) included numerous options including the Vision Assist Package (blind-spot detection), automatic high beam, adaptive front lighting, and the Surround Camera System that has five cameras to give the driver more information about his surroundings in low-speed maneuvers as well as parking.    It also included the 19-speaker Harmon Kardon 1200W Logic7 sound system, which filled the cabin nicely with sound, four-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel (something I always appreciate on cold mornings), and Grand Black Lacquer trim.

The car also came with the Rear Recline Seat package which, not surprisingly, includes a recliner feature for the rear seats as well as 4-way headrests, and memory for the passenger seat.  The Rear Seat Entertainment option ($2500) came with a DVD player, two displays mounted in the headrests, as well as a remote and headphones.

Sadly, the 8-inch Dual View infotainment screen is not available in the U.S.  Available in most other markets, it displays a different image to the driver and passenger simultaneously, such as map data to the driver and a video to the passenger.

Although I’m not a fan of touch-screen interfaces in cars, I found the RR’s navigation system fairly simple to use.  It also surprised me with creative routing for my drive. The navi recommended a radically non-traditional route from New York to Philadelphia – and it resulted in my all-time fastest New York-Philly run ever at one hour and 50 minutes.  Instead of having me continue down the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 4 (Ben Franklin Bridge) or Exit 3 (Walt Whitman Bridge), it recommended exiting the Turnpike at exit 7A and (skipping a few steps) taking Interstate 195 to US1 to the Schuylkill Expressway to the Spruce Street exit.

While it may be hard to think of energy efficiency in such a big vehicle, Land Rover’s Intelligent Power Management System (IPMS) keeps the battery at an 80% charge to avoid the alternator working harder than it has to, thereby reducing fuel consumption.  The alternator charges whenever possible when the car is slowing down, recovering kinetic energy in the process.

With a fuel tank capacity of 26.7 gallons (101 liters), the car has a maximum range of 480 miles (772 km).  I managed to get roughly 300 or so miles (467 km) on a tank full, making my fuel economy roughly 11.5 mpg (20.45 l/100 km).  Close to 90% of my driving was on the highway and my speed typically ranged from 55 mph (88 km/h) to 75 mph (120 km/h).

BOTTOM LINE

Fuel economy notwithstanding, I was glad to be driving the Range Rover in snowy and icy conditions. Last year on the first day of the winter driving school I bestowed the name “British snowmobile” on the Range Rover and its siblings.   Most of the time, drivers will not need the extraordinary handling that the RR is capable of but it’s there when you need it, whether it’s over the river and then literally through the woods, or just down the Turnpike.

 

 

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
Base price/price-as-tested $94,820/$102,720
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 5.0-liter/510 hp/461 lb-ft torque/V-8
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight  (lbs) 5668-6195
Wheelbase  (inches) 113.3
Length x width x height  (inches) 195.7 x 87.2 x 73.4
0-60 mph (seconds) 5.9
City/highway fuel economy (mpg) 12/18

 

 

 

 

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