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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2015 Land Rover Range Rover OVERVIEW
The original luxury SUV, the Land Rover Range Rover represents the best the brand has to offer in terms of craftsmanship and sheer prestige. Along with abundant luxuries, you get indomitable off-road performance and a certain old-world charm that its competitors have yet to duplicate.
What's New for 2015
The Range Rover get minor equipment updates only.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover
The Range Rover comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive with low range and Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which optimizes traction for five driver-selected surface conditions. An upgraded version, known as Terrain Response 2, can sense road characteristics and adjust systems accordingly without driver intervention. It's available across the board and standard on upper-trim models. The five-passenger interior is festooned with fine wood and leather as only the British can do. An extended wheelbase is available for exceptional rear-seat comfort.
The standard supercharged 3-liter V6 delivers 340 horsepower. Buyers in the mood for performance can upgrade to a supercharged 5-liter V8 that achieves a stout 510 horsepower. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All models benefit from an adaptive air suspension and automatic emergency braking.
The Range Rover is available in four main trim levels with various option packages within each:
All of the above can get the Vision Assist package, which adds the following features (if not already standard): Terrain Response 2, surround-view cameras, adaptive headlamps with automatic high-beam control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and auto-dimming side mirrors. Individual options include an automated parking system, adaptive cruise control, soft-close doors, a towing package, a rear-seat entertainment system and a 19-speaker Meridian surround-sound system. The Base model can also get a panoramic sunroof (it's standard on the others).
The well-rounded HSE strikes us as the best overall value of the group, but you can make the case that an SUV like this requires no less than the V8 engine found in the Supercharged models. If you want an over-the-top combo of power and luxury, the Autobiography will deliver it without breaking a sweat.