2014 Range Rover

The Range Rover lineup is king of the mountain when it comes to off-road capability. The Range Rover gets a new engine choice for the 2014 model year – a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with a stop/start feature. Buyers can either opt for that V6 or a V8 supercharged engine that kicks out 510 horsepower. Also new on the Range Rover with the V8 is Intelligent Stop/Start Technology.

Range Rover vehicles, manufactured by the Land Rover company, are driven by people who either want to go where few other vehicles can take them, or by those who want it to look like they go where few other vehicles can take them. In a class by themselves, Range Rovers are status symbols that can talk the talk and also walk the walk.

Several years ago, we had an opportunity to attend a Land Rover off-road driving school in North Carolina near the Biltmore Estate. We were amazed at how easily the Range Rover handled a wide range of terrain, ranging from steep inclines and declines, to swampy bogs, to river crossings.

The primary reason Range Rover vehicles can tread where many others can’t is the Terrain Response System 2. The system uses sensors to analyze the driving surface and conditions, then automatically selects the most suitable terrain program. The system can switch between general, grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts, sand, and rock crawl. The system is much like the original Range Rover Terrain Response System, except the second generation system can automatically select the right terrain program. With its air suspension system, the Range Rover can also ford streams up to 35.4-inches deep.

For drivers who never venture past the end of the asphalt, the Range Rover’s interior is world class. First, there is an ocean of room inside the cabin. Legroom in the rear seat is a whopping 40 inches. Our test LWB Fuji White Range Rover Supercharged had reclining heated rear seats, four-zone climate control, heated and massaging seats in front, a cooler box and a rear seat DVD player.

Other standard features include a heated steering wheel with controls, heated mirrors, one-touch power windows, a navigation system with off-road functionality, a 380-watt Meridian HD audio system with satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch screen interface with a driver information system.

A wide range of safety and security systems is included on Range Rovers, including front and side airbags and head curtains for the driver and passenger, and head curtains for outboard rear passengers. All windows and the sun roof have anti-trap features.

Range Rovers are expensive vehicles – 2014 models start in the mid-$80,000 range and go up to more than $199,000, depending on trim and special packages. If you can afford to write that kind of a check for a vehicle, you may not mind the Range Rover’s mileage figures of 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 mpg on the highway (V8 Supercharged model).

But if you’re looking for a status symbol ride that is even more capable than it is luxurious, the Range Rover is one fine hunk of automobile.

2014 Range Rover

Supercharged LWB

Engine:

5.0-liter Supercharged V8

Horsepower/torque:

510 / 461 lb.-ft.

Transmission:

8-speed automatic w/permanent 4WD

Price:

$105,300 ($121,815 as tested)

EPA mileage rating:

14 mpg city / 19 mpg highway