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PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10
plenty of grunt
equipped with one of the finest off-road systems ever designed
Kelley Blue Book
mountain goat off-road and carlike on-road
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.
The Range Rover has the ability to "whisk the aristocracy away from most any uprising," says Car and Driver, and Autoblog reports there's "plenty of grunt" on tap. The new 375-horsepower base engine should overcome complaints about the last-gen car's 305-horsepower engine. Automobile calls the new 375-horsepower base engine and 510-horsepower supercharged unit "big upgrades over the aging 4.2-liter V-8" found in the previous model. ConsumerGuide agrees, noting the Range Rover provides "ample power for daily driving."
The Supercharged model in particular impresses with its speed and power. Car and Driver notes that the 510 horsepower is enough to make the Range Rover Supercharged "rear up onto its back tires under full throttle." Electronically controlled shocks work continuously to keep body motion in check, however, both in a straight line and around corners, and on all new 2010 Range Rovers.
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 find 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.
Whether crawling the hillsides or roaming the highways, ConsumerGuide points out that you can choose to shift your own gears with the six-speed automatic transmission standard across the range.
The high-tech gearboxes, computers, and differentials at work in the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover turn it into what ConsumerGuide calls a "mountain goat off-road" without ruining its "carlike on-road" feel. The Range Rover does have a tendency to lean due to its tall height, however. Kelley Blue Book says the Range Rover is fitted with "one of the finest off-road systems ever designed." Aiding this symphony of drivetrain technology is a computer-controlled suspension system that raises the vehicle for extra ground clearance when needed. Edmunds praises the driver-selectable "powertrain, suspension and electronic system" controls, which help the vehicle meet the conditions, whatever they may be.
On-road and off, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover is a capable, strong vehicle.