2012 Land Rover Range Rover

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Pros: Very exclusive; Off-road capability, Strong V8’s; Beautiful and comfortable interior

Cons: Poor fuel economy; High price; Limited cargo space; You won’t want to get it dirty

Overview
Now in its third generation, the Land Rover Range Rover continues to offer classic, oh-so British luxury. It is the SUV that all other SUV’s aspire to be no matter the brand, and although it’s known world-wide for its off-roading finesse, it’s just as capable on the pavement too.

Its patented Terrain Response system will modify the engine, transmission, differentials and air suspension responses to maximize its traction and control over varying surfaces. Just be sure to read the manual on this driver-selectable, multi-mode system before your adventure. It will pay off by making climbing and descending nearly effortless once the vehicle is properly configured.

If you think the outside looks nice, wait until you see the inside. Its cabin is exquisite. The use of high quality leather and wood trims create an interior that exudes an air of traditional British luxury. Also present is a host of high-end features such as heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a seven-inch high resolution color touchscreen. Upgrading to the new Autobiography model will really push the price envelope by adding teak flooring in the cargo area, iPads for rear passenger and an interior that can be customized to suit a buyers tastes.

Although most Range Rovers will never see chilly stream water, muddy trails, or view from the highest peaks but it’s still good to know that you can if the opportunity presents itself.

Trims
The 2012 Range Rover is available in two trim levels- HSE and Supercharged. The base HSE come standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, an electronic locking rear differential and adjustable air suspension, fog lamps, a heated windshield, heated and power folding mirrors, Xenon headlights with washers, a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with power adjustable and heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, wood interior trims and 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system with Bluetooth®, USB/iPod®/auxiliary ports and HD radio.

Stepping up to the HSE Luxury Package will get you a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and upgraded leather upholstery. The Supercharged mode includes all of the above items except for the locking rear differential but adds adaptive suspension damping, Brembo brakes and the supercharged V8.

A Luxury Package is available on the HSE model and will add additional front seat power adjustments, ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery and trim, auto-dimming side mirrors and a luggage net. Adding the Silver Package, which is available on both trim levels, will get you adaptive headlights, auto high-beams, a blind-spot monitoring system, a 360-degree camera system, quad-zone automatic climate control, a leather/wood steering wheel, and a premium 19-speaker sound system.

The Autobiography Package, available on the Supercharged only, includes all of the Silver Package’s features plus adaptive cruise control, a locking rear differential, a heated windshield, heated and ventilated reclining rear seats, a rear seat entertainment system with a six-disc DVD changer, additional wood trim pieces and a full leather interior. Some features in this package are also optional on the HSE model. A towing package is available on all models.

Safety
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, emergency brake assist, brake-force distribution, dynamic stability and traction control, hill decent control, front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. It also includes six airbags consisting of driver and front passenger dual threshold airbags, side thorax and head-protection side-curtain airbags. Other safety features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a collision activated inertia switch that will automatically unlock the door, turn off the fuel pump and activate the hazard lights in the event of an accident.

A 360-degree camera system, active headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, trailer stability assist and a blind spot monitoring system are all optional safety features.

Warranty Information
Every new Land Rover or Land Rover Range Rover vehicle is covered by a New Vehicle Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles, a 6 year/unlimited mileage corrosion perforation warranty and other various emissions warranties. While under warranty, your new Range Rover will be covered by Land Rover Road Side Assistance which will bring help 24 hours a day, anywhere in the US. Bring your Rang Rover into an authorized dealer within the first 12 months or 15,000 miles, whichever occurs first,  and the first required maintenance will be performed free of charge.

MSRP- 2012 Range Rover:  

Available Trims and packages: MSRP
2012 Range Rover HSE $80,275
2012 Range Rover HSE LUX $84,645
2012 Range Rover Supercharged $$95,670
2012 Range Rover Autobiography $126,665
Similar vehicles that are worth a look before you buy: MSRP
2012 Mercedes Benz GL-Class GL550 4MATIC $86,175
2012 Cadillac Escalade $69,315
2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid $77,395

EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

2012 Range Rover HSE

5.0L V8

6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Drive Select

12/18

2012 Range Rover Supercharged

5.0L Supercharged V8

6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Drive Select

12/18

 

 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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