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controls are very button-heavy
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fussy dashboard controls
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover features a range of useful but temperamental gadgets. TheCarConnection.com’s editors warn that the Range Rover’s controls and displays look great but aren’t as straightforward as they could be in execution.
For 2009 the standard Land Rover Range Rover is the HSE, while the Supercharged adds a host of features in addition to the more powerful engine. Neither should be confused with the Range Rover Sport, which is actually an entirely different model.
According to Cars.com, "Luxuries like heated leather front and rear seats and a navigation system" are standard on the Range Rover; other features include a dual-screen DVD entertainment system for rear-seat occupants.
AutoWeek reports that the Land Rover Range Rover's touch screen, while sophisticated in combination with the hard button interface, "doesn't do anything quite completely or easily." For all the available gadgetry in the 2009 Land Rover Range Rover, none of it seemed particularly user-friendly.
ConsumerGuide calls the gauges "small and hard to read in certain light conditions." This source also notices that while the steering wheel can be tilted upward even when the engine is not running in order to facilitate ingress and egress, the wheel on their test model would fall back into driving position on occasion. Edmunds comments that the 2009 Land Rover Range Rover's "controls are very button-heavy...and in fine British tradition, ergonomics can be a tad befuddling."
The Range Rover also offers adaptive cruise control, Cars.com reports. The optional system maintains a preset distance between the vehicle and anything moving ahead of it through radar.
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover swaddles occupants in traditional luxury, but not everything is easy to use.