REVIEWS: 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

August 20, 2010
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I used the Range Rover to tow my race car and trailer to the track over the weekend. The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine did really well considering the extra 4500 pounds attached to the rear end. I was really impressed with the automatic adjustable suspension; after loading my car onto the trailer, the rear end of the Range Rover was compressed quite a bit, but after starting the Range Rover and letting it sit for a minute, it automatically lifted the rear end back to a level ride height.
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The interior is beautiful, especially the soft leather seats, stitched dash, and black lacquer trim finish. However, I felt a little awkward having a $101,575 paddock support vehicle, when normal tow vehicles consist of Ford F-150s and Dodge Rams. But to my surprise, I found a lot of other racers liked the Range Rover.
My only criticism of the Range Rover as a tow vehicle is this: the car comes standard with a class III trailer hitch receiver, but the wiring harness is a dealer-installed option. What's up with that?
- Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator
I would like to have the Range Rover back in, oh, February when the snow will be swirling and the winds howling. Then, instead of noticing its rather narrow cabin and high ride height, I will notice the heated steering wheel (dreamy) and its sled dog tenacity in the snow and slush. Meanwhile, I'll turn the seat temperature switch from red to blue and freeze my fanny in today's 90-degree furnace blast and hideous humidity. Being so cosseted makes it that much easier to enjoy the plush club-like surroundings. I especially like the fat control clusters on each side of the steering wheel. It's a very fresh, modern treatment that still maintains the special atmosphere for which Range Rovers are renowned.
- Jean Jennings, Editor-in-Chief
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As proof that no automaker can resist market pressures, just look at the upcoming Range Rover Evoque. The storied off-road brand is readying a smaller, cheaper crossover based on a front-wheel-drive architecture. It's unclear if Land Rover will sell a two-wheel-drive Evoque in America, but the mere idea of such a vehicle is almost as wild as that of a Porsche SUV.
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Of course, this Range Rover Supercharged has itself come a long way from the Range Rover's original mission back in the 1970s. That Range Rover was meant to be more comfortable than a Land Rover, but it was hardly a luxury vehicle. Instead, engineers required designed for on-road comfort and off-road ability with a fairly utilitarian interior. Today, the exterior styling is subtle, yet the interior is unabashedly indulgent. It's delightful to sit in and ride in, but frankly driving the Range Rover is a sedate experience. It behaves well for a large truck and the supercharged V-8 makes for easy speed, but the Range Rover doesn't have much personality beyond luxury. And luxury is something that can be had from dozens of automakers. So perhaps something lighter and more agile can reinvigorate the Range Rover nameplate. Bring on the Evoque.
- Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor
As Eric pointed out, this Range Rover doesn't drive much different than other luxury utes but somehow it still manages to exude originality. Or -- at over $100,000 -- is that exclusivity? Either way, this Range Rover continues Land Rover's recent tradition of building vehicles that effortlessly combine utility, off-road capability, and uber-luxury. And this Supercharged Rover's massively powerful V-8 only adds to that overall feeling of specialness.
- Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
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2010 Range Rover Supercharged
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Base price (with destination): $95,125
Price as tested: $101,575
Standard Equipment:
5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine
6-speed automatic transmission
20-inch wheels
4-wheel disc brakes with 6-piston front calipers
Dynamic stability control
Electronic brake force distribution
Hill decent control
Electronic parking brake
Enhanced electric air suspension with auto load leveling
Front and rear fog lamps
Heated front windshield
Adaptive Bi-xenon headlights with power washers
Front and rear park distance control
Tire pressure monitoring system
Triple-zone automatic climate control
Heated power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Electronic cruise control
Heated and cooled front seats
Tilt and slide glass sunroof with sunshade
One-touch open/close for all windows
Heated rear seats with 60/40 split
Laminated exterior glass panels
Rear view camera
12.3-inch touch screen
GPS hard disc navigation with voice control
720-watt, 14-speaker Harman/kardon Logic7 surround sound
6-disc CD changer
Satellite radio
Bluetooth connectivity
Auxiliary audio jack/iPod and USB port
Options on this vehicle:
Rear seat entertainment -- $2500
6-DVD changer
2 headrest displays
2 headsets
Remote
Audio system upgrade -- $1350
1200-watt Harman/kardon system
19 speakers
Rear recline seat pack 2 -- $1250
4-zone climate control -- $1000
Black lacquer finish -- $350

Key options not on vehicle:
Adaptive cruise control -- $2000
Surround camera system -- $800
Fuel economy: 12/18/14 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
Engine:
Size: 5.0-liter supercharged V-8
Horsepower: 510 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 461 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Drive: Four-wheel
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Curb weight: 5891 lbs
Wheels/tires:
20 x 8.5-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
255/50YR20 Michelin Latitude Diamaris summer performance tires
Competitors: Porsche Cayenne Turbo, BMW X5M, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

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2010 Land Rover Range Rover

HSE 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8
starting at (MSRP)
$78,425
Engine
5.0L V8
Fuel Economy
12 City 18 Hwy
2010 Land Rover Range Rover