2014 Land Rover Range Rover Comfort & Quality

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Despite losing 700 pounds from its previous generation, the Range Rover managed to grow in overall size by several inches in nearly every dimension last year. For 2014, the new Long Wheelbase (LWB) model joins the range, adding even more size.

The Range Rover LWB adds a substantial 7.3 inches of rear-seat legroom and nearly 8 inches of wheelbase. The resulting space in the second row is expansive, and can be enhanced further with the addition of an optional executive seating package. For the ultimate in luxury, a new Autobiography Black package for the 2014 model year adds a private jet-level of class and equipment.

The Autobiography Black package, available only on Range Rover LWB models in the U.S., brings with it upgrades to both front and rear seats, including a unique seat cover design, memory seat settings, climate controls for each zone, massage functions, and more. For the rear seat, the Autobiography Black package adds: lumbar massage; powered reclining individual seats; electrically deployable tables with integrated USB charging sockets and cupholders; a chiller box between the rear seats; 10.2-inch rear seat entertainment screens with navigation display; and a power-recliner calf rest for the rear right-hand seat. Other Autobiography Black-package equipment includes configurable LED mood lighting in a range of 10 colors; upgraded veneered surfaces throughout the cabin; more leather-wrapped elements; and unique Autobiography Black script marking its status. Three exclusive interior color combinations are also available for the Black model: Ebony/Lunar; Espresso/Tan; and Dark Cherry/Ivory.

With exceptional space, especially in new long-wheelbase form, the Range Rover's cabin is eminently comfortable luxurious.

In the more ordinary Range Rovers--which is to say, still very luxurious and accommodating--both standard and long-wheelbase models offer a choice of bench or bucket rear seats, comfortable standard front seats that offer a wide range of adjustment (and some of the softest, most comfortable headrests in the industry), extensive leather upholstery, fine veneers, and Range Rover's typically classy styling and high build quality.

Head room, leg room, and shoulder room are all very good at every seating position; the driver's position is possible as close to ideal as any vehicle on the road when it comes to a commanding view. The driver's seat height is slightly lower than before, at least in some modes, thanks to the variable-height air suspension, but the expansive glass and low dash give unparalleled forward and side visibility.

Standard models also get a host of available rear-seat equipment, including DVD entertainment, heated/ventilated/massaging seats, a chiller box, and more.

Cargo space in the Range Rover is easily accessible thanks to the power tailgate. The tailgate splits horizontally, letting the glass top lift up, while the body-colored lower panel folds downward, presenting a flat surface against the cargo floor. With the lowering air suspension, access to the Range Rover's cargo area rivals that of some much less capable crossovers.

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