2010 Land Rover Range Rover Review

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor
January 20, 2010

The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover is a bit pricey, but it delivers a lot of value, too.

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the Range Rover to bring you their expert opinions. To bring the rest of the conversation together and help you make a smart, informed decision, TheCarConnection.com has also compiled a range of reviews from the web.

Though hordes of newcomers like the Escalade, Navigator, X5, and G-Class assault its throne, the Land Rover Range Rover is the only official off-roader of the English royal family, and it remains the ultimate luxury sport-utility vehicle for the Hollywood elite.

Major changes are afoot for the powertrain this year, but the exterior styling of the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover remains very close to the previous model; only subtle changes to the headlights, grille, and bumper set it apart. Inside, the Range Rover gets an upgraded interior that looks nicer thanks to a 12-inch screen in place of the traditional gauges, as well as enhanced materials.

Power for the base Range Rover HSE comes from a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine replacing the 4.2-liter from last year's model. Output jumps a healthy 70 horsepower to 375 horsepower, helping to cut 0-60 mph times to 7.2 seconds, as well as improving passing and acceleration. The Supercharged model bumps output to a whopping 510 horsepower, capable of rocketing the big SUV to 60 mph in a sports car-like 5.9 seconds. Both are also capable of towing up to 7,716 pounds.

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Fuel efficiency isn't the best, rated at 12/18 mpg for both models. But considering the Range Rover's big power output and blocky profile, that's to be expected. TheCarConnection.com's editors have found real-world numbers to sit closer to the low end of that range, however.

Either Range Rover is a strong on-road performer, with a stable, solid feel. Steering is slow but progressive, balancing everyday driving with its true mission in life: off-roading. If you want something sportier but still eminently capable in the dirt, the Supercharged model might be the right choice-but don't forget you're driving a 6,000-pound SUV. Even if you do, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover gets upgraded 14.2-inch brakes for more stopping power, while the Supercharged model picks up huge 15-inch stoppers. The revised Adaptive Dynamics system improves ride quality while also helping keep the vehicle stable in corners.

Off-road is where the 2010 Range Rover really shines. The Land Rover Terrain Response system has been updated to provide even better traction in sand, snow, or mud. The height-adjustable suspension allows more ground clearance, and the hill-descent control makes even a novice look good.

Upgrades to the interior materials and finishes push the new Range Rover into even more premium territory, with high-quality plastics and satin-finish real wood in abundance. A high-tech virtual instrument panel makes for a modern feel and conveys a wealth of information about the car whether on-road or off.

Spacious, comfortable seating for five is complemented by triple air conditioning with independent rear-seat controls. Without a third-row seat, there's no chance of hauling seven people around, but it does allow for plenty of cargo space in the rear and ample legroom for the second row. Plush carpeting and leather-upholstered door pillars and door casings round out a premium cabin.

No crash testing has been conducted on the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover. Nonetheless, with its wide range of safety features, the 2010 Range Rover is sure to inspire confidence. Radar-based adaptive cruise control, an optional Surround Camera system that lets the driver see a full 360-degree view around the vehicle, a complete slate of nine airbags, a whiplash reduction system, pre-tensioning seatbelts, and side impact beams shroud occupants in a cocoon of high-tech aids.

There's no shortage of features and options in the 2010 Land Rover Ranger Rover. From hard-drive-based navigation to the 12-inch TFT touchscreen output, there's a wealth of tech goodies to be had. Heated front and rear seats, a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, LED interior lighting, and Bluetooth integration are also available, as are a range of wood and leather interior options.

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