The Land Rover Range Rover is a luxurious and rugged SUV. Luxury SUVs are easy to come by these days, but a luxurious SUV capable of crawling down stairs, over rocks, through streams, across mountains and just about anywhere else it is pointed is a little harder to find. That’s where the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover comes in. Adjustable ride-height, air suspension and automatically set power train, suspension and electronic systems, depending on the terrain, are standard features that won’t be found on any other SUV, luxury or otherwise.

The downsides to the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover are few, but worth looking at. The price is high, rear-seat legroom is cramped, cargo space is limited and the reliability is questionable. With the majority of Land Rover Range Rover drivers using the vehicle for general pavement driving, the price is very high. The Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL550 or Lexus LX 570 cost less and offer superior reliability. But if using the SUV for highway and extreme off-road conditions it can prove to be worthy.

Trim Options

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover is available in the HSE or Supercharged model. The HSE come standard with automatic or manual air suspension (which monitors vehicle load and road conditions), tri-zone automatic climate control, 12-way driver and 10-way passenger power-adjustable power seats, leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, sunroof, and auxiliary audio jack. As far as standard entertainment and electronics, Bluetooth, satellite radio, 14-speaker Harman Kardon Logic7 stereo with six-CD changer and navigation system with off-road tracking are all included.

The Supercharged model comes standard with a supercharger, of course, but also has 20-inch wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated 14-way power front seats, electronically locking rear differential and adaptive headlights. The HSE model has the option for all of these features. A rear-seat entertainment system with a six-DVD changer and two LCD screens mounted in the front headrests is available on both models. Choices of cherry or walnut wood accents are available for both models.

Safety

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover comes standard with brake assist, stability control, hill descent control and antilock disc brakes. The Supercharged model has powerful Brembo brakes. Other standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a driver’s knee airbag, full-length side curtain airbags and side airbags for front occupants.

Performance

The permanent four-wheel-drive system, low-range gearing and nearly 11 inches of ground clearance come standard on both models. Maximum towing capacity is 7,700 pounds. Power train, suspension and electronic systems are customizable by the driver to better handle different off-road conditions such as general driving, grass/snow/gravel, mud/ruts, sand or rock crawl. Handling and ride quality is better than expected in this type of top-heavy SUV.

Offering two engines with an EPA estimated fuel economy of 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway, the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover comes in with the rest of the pack of most SUVs. The HSE model gets a 4.4 liter V8 with 305 horsepower and 325 pound feet of torque. The Supercharged model is powerful with a 4.2 liter supercharged engine pushing 400 horsepower and 420 pound feet torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with sequential-shift mode comes with both engines.

The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover is a carryover from 2009. The 2009 Range Rover comes in HSE and Supercharged trims. The former is equipped with a 305 horsepower, 4.4 liter V8 engine that also produces 325 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is the only available gearbox, and fuel economy is rated at 12 miles per gallon in stop and go driving and 18 miles per gallon during highway cruising. The Supercharged edition of the Range Rover bumps power up to 400 ponies thanks to the installation of a supercharged, 4.2 liter 8-cylinder motor. Also capable of cranking out 420 lb-ft of torque, this mighty mill offers identical fuel mileage when compared to the HSE. Both versions of the Range Rover employ full-time four-wheel drive.