2014 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Road Test & Review: Introduction
For the way most people employ them, buying a Land Rover Range Rover is the equivalent of buying an aircraft carrier to go water skiing. The depth and breadth of the Range Rover’s capabilities far exceed anything a good 90 percent of the people who purchase one will ever require.
Let’s face it, do you really need a 4,900-pound, all-wheel drive, six foot tall vehicle with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, nine feet of wheelbase, a 6,724-pound gross weight, a 7,716-pound towing capacity, and a five and a half foot wide track—to get little Ashley to ballet class?
Suddenly that aircraft carrier analogy isn’t looking so exaggerated—is it?
Factor in the Land Rover Range Rover’s ability to surf Moroccan sand dunes, scale the Ukraine mountains, and tow a 2,500-pound Airstream trailer to the top of the Atlas mountains—one of the highest points in Africa—and back, and actually that aircraft carrier starts coming up a bit short in comparison.
After all, have you ever seen an aircraft carrier tow an Airstream up a mountain?
But we digress.
The fact of the matter is the Land Rover Range Rover’s refined four-wheel drive powertrain, sophisticated terrain management systems, (yes—plural), amazing articulated suspension system, surround view cameras, exceptionally powerful engines, and of course the positively palatial accommodations for which the top Land Rover model is well known, make it one of, if not THE most capable luxury SUV ever offered for sale. For 2014, the model comes to market with newfound efficiencies in the form of a supercharged V6 engine and an all-aluminum monococque responsible for both paring weight and adding a newfound degree of agility and fuel economy.
Without question, this is the best Range Rover the Land Rover company has ever offered.