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The Land Rover Range Rover combines luxury, power and offroading ability. There very few SUVs that can match with the new Range Rover when it comes to offroading capability. The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover gets some new features like optional reclining rear seats with winged head restraints, an optional audio system with 19-speakers and new exterior colors. The new Land Rover Range Rover also gets improved hill ascent and hill descent control.
The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover received and an improved engine and interior and the current version carries over these changes. The 2011 Range Rover Base trim (HSE) gets a 5.0-litre V8 engine which makes a decent 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. The other trim (Supercharged) generates a an impressive 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Power to the Four Wheel Drive system is delivered through a six Speed Automatic transmission. Fuel economy did not improve over the previous versions and is not that impressive like others features in this vehicle. It achieves 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
This expensive SUV comes equipped with loads of features including an electronic locking rear differential, a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, an adjustable air suspension, fog-lights, heated windshield and rear window, privacy glass, keyless entry/ignition, heated and power-folding rearview mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a rearview camera, automatic xenon headlights with washers, power-adjustable and heated leather front seats, a heated steering wheel, interior wood trim, Bluetooth and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system. As optional package one can opt for heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and upgraded leather.
“Autobiography package” an optional package for the Supercharged adds adaptive front lighting, high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated reclining rear seats, a locking rear differential, a heated windshield, blind-spot monitoring, quad-zone automatic climate control, HD radio and a rear-seat entertainment system with six-disc DVD changer.
Safety features in the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover includes antilock brakes, parking sensors, a rearview camera, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag.
The Land Rover Range Rover also provides and optional safety features package called “Vision Assist” which includes blind-spot monitoring, adaptive front lighting, automatic high-beam assist and multi-camera parking assist. There are many other safety features available as standalone option.
When it comes to comfort and practicality it scores high. Both front and rear seats are comfortable with good amount of head and leg space. It has got decent amount of cargo space along with foldable rear seats.
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Land Rover is known for it’s quality, performance and offroading capabilities and LR4 is no exception. The Land Rover LR4 falls into category of Luxury Midsize SUV with unstoppable off-roading abilities. The LR4 is upgraded version of the LR3 with improved interior, a new engine, and other improvements but its styling remains almost same. The LR4 can accommodate up to seven adults with the optional third row.
The new Land Rover LR4 gets a new 375-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine replacing the old 4.4-liter V8 engine. The new 5.0-liter V8 engine makes 375 hp and 375 pound-feet of torque achieving zero to sixty mph in 7.5 seconds and 12 mpg in the ity/17 mpg on the highway. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard which delivers power to a full-time four-wheel-drive system. The driver can select one of five settings that optimizes the engine, transmission and suspension settings according to road conditions. The LR4 gets fully independent suspensions which can be controlled electronically.
Safety features on the 2011 Land Rover LR4 include traction control, stability control, antilock disc brakes, hill descent and gradient control, hill start assist, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.
The interior has high-end materials and optional high-tech features, like a rear-seat DVD system and a beverage cooler. Other features include power locks, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry, a universal garage door opener, automatic climate control with a dual-zoned front air conditioning system and an AM/FM/CD stereo system. Option of a dual moon roof, a generic sun/moon roof, a panoramic roof, or a sun roof with power slide/tilt also available.
The Sport is built on the platform of the fairly new Land Rover LR3 midsize SUV. Overall, it is an enjoyable and luxurious vehicle to drive as well as look at.
As with other Land Rovers, the Sport has an advanced full-time 4-wheel-drive system that can handle really awful off-road conditions.
The Sport is offered in two equipment-loaded trim levels, HSE and Supercharged. Both have smooth,
sophisticated Jaguar engines also used in the Land Rover Range Rover because Land Rover and Jaguar are Tata Motors family members.
The HSE has a 4.4-liter V8 with 300 horsepower, while the 140-mph Supercharged version has a supercharged 4.2-liter V8 kicking out 390 horsepower and lots of torque. Figure on 13-14 mpg in the city and 18-19 on the highway. The HSE does 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds, and the Supercharged hits 60 in 7.2 seconds. Both work with a modified 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Range Rover Sport is the first Land Rover to offer the company’s Dynamic Response suspension system, which is standard on the Supercharged model and optional on the HSE. The HSE comes standard with 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, an adjustable air suspension with adaptive damping, bi-xenon headlights, foglights, keyless entry/ignition,
front and rear parking sensors, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, leather upholstery, power front seats with driver memory settings, wood interior trim, dual-zone climate control, a navigation system with off-road tracking, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and information controls, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with six-CD changer and auxiliary jack.
Optional Luxury package adds 20-inch wheels, premium leather upholstery, a heated windshield, available piano black trim, heated washer jets, heated front and rear seats, additional driver seat adjustments and a cooler box. The Supercharged adds a more powerful engine, Brembo front brakes, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, a Dynamic Response suspension system, a unique grille and upholstery, and satellite radio.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport has plenty of room to be found in the Sport, with enough head- and legroom in the back for adults and 958 litres of bootspace with the seats in place and up to 2,013 litres available in total.
Rivals to the new Land Rover LR2 compact SUV include the BMW X3 and Acura RDX, but they can’t topthe snob appeal of the Land Rover, which will be instantly recognized at every upscale country club parking lot.
The early 2008 LR2 replaces the Land Rover Freelander, which was popular in Europe but flopped in America. The $33,985 LR2 should
do much better here because it has more power, room, luxury and versatility.
Potent Volvo Engine
Ford owns Land Rover and Volvo, so the LR2 has a 3.2-liter 230-horsepower inline 6-cylinder engine from Volvo’s S80 large premium sedan. The smooth aluminum engine is sophisticated, with dual overhead camshafts, 24 valves and variable valve timing.
The compact engine is mounted transversely—or sideways—which seems like odd positioning for a Land Rover engine. But it has enough go-power to give the 4,255-pound LR2 strong acceleration for fast merges and passing on highways.
However, with all that weight, fuel economy is only an estimated 16 mpg in town and 23 on highways. And premium gasoline is recommended.
Tedious Push-Button Start
It’s annoying to start and stop the engine. It haspush-button starting, like some other new vehicles. But, before pushing the button to start the engine, one must put a foot on the brake and jam the key fob into a narrow, almost invisible dashboard slot near the steering wheel instead of just putting the fob anywhere in the vehicle—which is the case with other push-button-start vehicles.
To stop the engine, you must push the key fob farther into the slot to remove it—and then push the button again. (Land Rover says all this keeps the fob’s battery charged.)
The only transmission offered is a responsive 6-speed automatic, but it perfectly suits the LR2. This is just too plush and prestigious a vehicle to have a manual gearbox for the American luxury vehicle crowd.
Rather Plain Styling
The styling is rather plain, but the LR2 has a nice planted stance. Land Rover and the larger Range Rover models always have been too boxy to win beauty contests.
But the LR2 is nicely sized and its clamshell hood, jeweled headlights, side air intakes and slotted grille give it a strong Land Rover identity.
Steering is quick, and the turning circle is tight. Handling is good for a rather tall SUV, with little noticeable body sway when zipping through curves. The fully independent suspension provides a pleasant ride, although there is mild pitching on some surfaces. Stops are made quickly. The brake pedal has the right amount of firmness, although some may feel it’s touchy.
Sophisticated All-Wheel Drive
The LR2 has no low-range gearing usually needed for good off-road prowess. But it has a sophisticated all-wheel-drive setup and a Terrain Response system controlled by a console switch. The system alters powertrain and suspension calibrations to accommodate normal driving, grass, gavel, snow, mud, ruts and sand.
The all-wheel drive mainly works in front-wheel-drive mode with only a small amount of power shot to the rear wheels during most driving conditions—until more rear-wheel power is needed.
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Anti-lock brakes, traction/anti-skid control with rollover sensors and hill-descent control are standard. So are many comfort, convenience and safety items, which include front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags with rollover deployment.
Among the few options is a $700 package containing heated front seats and a heated windshield. A $3,500 technology package has a navigation system, upscale sound system, satellite radio, rear radio controls and a wireless cell phone link.
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Narrow Rear Door Openings
It takes some extra effort to slide in and out, but occupants sit high. Outside door handles are large, but narrow door openings inhibit back-seat entry and exit.
The cargo opening is high, but there’s only a moderate amount of cargo space for an SUV unless the rear seat backrests and bottoms are folded forward, which is easily done.
While it feels solidly built, the LR2 is too new to have a track record. And reliability has been an issue with some Land Rover and Range Rover models.