absolutely! AUTO REVIEW | By Steve Kursar
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover is a British SUV that combines
top-tier luxury and unsurpassed capability. This vehicle can scale the heights of the Himalayas with ease while swaddling the driver in creamy leather and rockin’ out with the 29 speaker sound system. Why would anyone want to own such a vehicle? Well, Queen Elizabeth II drives a Range Rover when she tours Balmoral, her Scotland country estate. Need I say more?
Land Rover brought out the first generation Range Rover in 1970. It was designed to drive fast on English motorways and be sturdy enough to handle muddy and rocky terrain. The first Range Rovers immediately appealed to Londoners who wanted a vehicle to drive directly from their city homes to and around their country estates. Mud left by boots could easily be hosed out of the interior. The high-quality interior materials came later, but the ability to traverse challenging terrain remained.
The 2015 model represents the fourth generation Range Rover with an aluminum unibody that has lost none of its capability or appeal. The exterior styling of this big SUV is classic, understated, timeless and yet very contemporary. It is available in a standard body style and a long-wheelbase (LWB) version.
The interior is spacious, although there is no third row option. The quality of the leather used is superb, and the fit and finish is exquisite. Although you may never need to touch it, there’s a knob in the center console that allows the driver to instantly adapt the Range Rover to adverse conditions, such as mud, snow, sand or rock crawling. To fully understand the capability of the Range Rover, a course at a Land Rover Experience Driving School is a must. You will emerge as a true believer.
The base Range Rover has an MSRP of $83,495 and that comes equipped with a 340 hp, 3.0 liter, supercharged V6 engine mated to an eight-speed transmission delivering EPA estimated fuel economy numbers of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you need more power, opt for the 510 hp, 5.0 liter supercharged V8 (13 mpg city/19 mpg highway) that can rocket this SUV from
0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds.
And just in case you hit it big, the Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB with Valloire White Paint is available for $200,995. It’s the ultimate luxury SUV, truly fit for a queen.
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