Those who listen to the show know that I often speak highly of the Range Rover. After all, I have owned a dozen of them or so, and my wife currently drives a 2013 Range Rover Supercharged. The 2014 Range Rover Supercharged got in my review rotation, and I was eager to see if anything had changed.
To clear up any confusion, Land Rover is the brand, Range Rover is the model. So officially, this is a Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged. It is akin to Ford Taurus SHO as an example.
Range Rovers are known for several things…an exceptional interior, an incredible 4-wheel drive system, and safety. I am not sure why they don’t make this better known, but there has never been a death in the United States in a Range Rover. Low volumes certainly have an effect on this, but it’s still quite impressive.
The big story with my Corris Grey colored Rover is the Supercharged engine. Imagine if you can a pretty large 5-passenger luxury SUV with 510-horses and 461-foot pound of torque. It is safe to assume it is a land rocket when you stomp on it. All that power is locked to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
One big change for 2013 is the widespread use of aluminum in the Rover. It has aluminum doors, fenders, and hood, which helped with fuel economy and acceleration. To further cut weight, it has an aluminum monocoque integrated body and chassis.
Range Rovers come completely loaded keyless entry, pushbutton start, heated steering wheel, leather heated seats, panoramic sliding moon roof, and a split tailgate with dual power buttons. The tailgate system works great with the upper part going up, and the lower part going down, with the push of a button.
Everything runs 8-inch touch screen above the center stack, and for the driver there is a huge 12.3-inch screen that features a virtual instrument panel that is really cool. As standard is navigation system, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and triple-zone climate control system.
My tester has the upgraded 625-watt stereo, the soft door close option, and trailer towing package. Those options come in at $3750.
At just over $100,000 this vehicle is clearly not for everyone, but if you are looking for a luxury SUV, I honestly don’t know of anything like the Rover. There has been a waiting list for the Supercharged model for over a year now with no end in sight. If you can find one, and if you can get it for MSRP, you are doing well.
If you opt for the non-supercharged model, there is a new V6 this year as standard equipment. It is a 3-liter supercharged engine which replaced the 5.0-liter in 2013 and will save you $16,800. For 2014, all Range Rovers have the stop/start technology.
What I liked most: Interior and performance!
What I would change: Make remote start available for this kind of money.
MSRP: Base price $99,100, as equipped $103,745.
Fuel Economy: EPA rated at 14 in town/19 on the highway.
Weight: 4918 pounds
2014 Range Rover S/C in a few words: The ultimate large SUV.
Warranty: 4 year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with free maintenance and roadside assistance.
Manufacturer’s website: http://rangerover.landrover.com/us/en/