Its crash diet was such a success, the Range Rover has splurged a little, letting out its sheetmetal to accommodate 4.7 inches more between its wheels, and another 1.7 inches in overall length. Still 700 pounds lighter comparably equipped to the 2012 model, the new Range Rover's significantly more spacious, especially in the second row--almost large enough for a third-row seat.
The penalty-free growth spurt between the wheels pays other, bigger benefits, but in the front seats there's an added sense of room. Range Rovers have always had great headroom, but now it's complemented by a mostly flat floor and more shoulder room. The standard front seats fit us very well--they're at an ideal height for a panoramic view of the world--though some other drivers with us on a Moroccan adventure complained of a flat bottom cushion. We countered that with a little more tilt at the front of the seat, easily. The front seats avoid the overly intrusive headrests plaguing some luxury cars too; its headrests are softly padded, almost napworthy. And if you've never driven a Range Rover, the armrests are infinitely adjustable--but you'll have to get used to the fussy wheel-on-a-spindle adjuster to set them in place.
While the Range Rover sits at a commanding driving height, it's lower than before in some modes. That's because its air suspension can drop two inches lower than before, in its curb-friendly access mode.
Truly, if there's any place to be seen in the Range Rover now, it's in the rear seats. The standard three-row bench is fine, really--room in all directions, a bench nicely covered in leather, split and folding for more cargo access. But if you're into the full regal treatment, opt for the individual package--it splits the seats into two buckets that recline, heat, ventilate, and massage, and share a console with its own cooler box. Get the DVD entertainment system, stretch out with the exceptional rear-seat leg room now on tap (it's beyond long-wheelbase S-Class), and you'll see why the speculation about a three-row Range Rover's already out there. Our guess? An aluminum-bodied, three-row Discovery/LR4 could fit the bill just as nicely.As for cargo space, it's less arduous to access thanks to the new power tailgate. It's split horizontally, so the top glass lifts up, and the body-color lower panel lays down flat. The cargo floor's still relatively high in the normal suspension mode, but lower it and the Range Rover practically becomes a crossover. The servants will be pleased.