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2012 Land Rover Range Rover

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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

Delivering a gratifying combination of off-road capability and on-road comfort, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover expands its go-anywhere, do-everything mantra with a host of refinements. Considering the Land Rover brand is an international icon for luxury SUVs, it's no surprise the flagship Range Rover offers the most desirable creature comforts along with the latest high-tech gadgets. While it currently faces formidable challengers in the category it created over four decades ago, Land Rover's renowned social status and legendary off-road reputation place the 2012 Range Rover in a class of its own.

You'll Like This Car If...

You may find the 2012 Range Rover a suitable vehicle if you fancy a full-size luxury SUV with prestige, exemplary off-road ability and an unmistakable design that is likely to turn some heads.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are searching for a luxury vehicle with a track record for high quality, Land Rover's long-standing reputation of questionable reliability might seem off-putting. Additionally, if you want impressive off-road performance and require an 8-passenger seating arrangement, the Lexus LX 570 might be the better choice.

What's New for 2012

The Land Rover Range Rover benefits from a modest styling upgrade for 2012. Highlights include color-keyed side vent surrounds and door handles, gloss black headlight and taillight housings, and new 20-inch V spoke alloy wheels.

Driving the Range Rover

Driving Impressions Though not many people are going to take an $80,000 vehicle for a romp in the mud, it's nice to know that, if you must diverge from the civilized road,...

the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover is equipped with one of the finest off-road systems ever designed. Its permanent 4-wheel-drive system and complex array of electronic monitoring devices permit the Range Rover to ascend hills that might have a mountain goat thinking twice. The air-spring suspension allows you to choose the ride height of the vehicle, raising it higher when more ground clearance is required and lowering it when conditions allow a lower center of gravity. For a big SUV, the Range Rover handles itself surprisingly well, devoid of that top-heavy feel you sometimes experience in softly-sprung SUVs.

Terrain Response
Since conquering varying types of terrain demands varying sets of vehicle dynamics, the Range Rover comes equipped with Terrain Response. Once the driver selects the type of terrain he – or God bless her, she – wishes to traverse, the system automatically alters the engine, transmission, suspension, and traction-control settings for enhanced drivability.

Electronic Air Suspension
The 2012 Range Rover utilizes an Electronic Air Suspension system to help compensate for uneven vehicle loads and inconsistent road quality. The suspension dampers adjust nearly 100 times per second for a smooth, balanced ride regardless of the driving conditions.

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Details
Interior

Inside, the Range Rover SUV's unique character is expressed with an abundance of premium soft-touch materials in a rugged, yet modern, design. The 2012 Range Rover's profusion of features creates enough buttons and switches to make an airline pilot feel right at home. The cabin's centerpiece is undoubtedly the digital instrument cluster with its brilliant 12.3-inch LCD screen and fully customizable information displays. The 5-passenger cabin provides a capacious ambiance for its occupants in addition to a sufficiently roomy cargo area. Those who seek a touch of personalization in their next vehicle will appreciate the Range Rover's bespoke interior and its array of color schemes, textures and trims.

Exterior

While original Land Rover DNA remains evident in the overall shape, the 2012 Range Rover builds upon its generational domestication with smoothly contoured edges, LED running lights, and massive 20-inch wheels. Supercharged Range Rover trims flaunt a sporty mesh grille, unique 10-spoke wheels and fender vents. While you are more likely to spot a current Land Rover smothered in tire shine and finishing glaze rather than mud and sand, the Range Rover maintains its off-road roots with over 11 inches of ground clearance and exceptional water fording capability.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2012 Ranger Rover HSE features full-time 4-wheel drive, xenon headlights, Hill Descent Control for those unnerving downhill adventures, dual heated auto-dimming mirrors and a rear backup camera. Your comfort is covered by 3-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, steering wheel and windshield-wiper fluid, and a memory feature for the driver's seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel. Multimedia is comprised of a hard-drive-based navigation system, 720-watt 14-speaker harman/kardon LOGIC7 audio system. Safety comes in the form of seven airbags and whiplash-reducing front seats.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2012 Range Rover include a sporty Supercharged trim with a potent 510-horsepower V8 engine, cooled seats, 14-way power driver and front passenger seats, a surround camera system offering a near 360 degree view around the vehicle, a blind-spot monitoring system, an automatic high beam feature, adaptive headlamps for increased visibility around corners, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The range-topping Autobiography trim option adds Diamond Turn 20-inch wheels, semi-aniline leather seating surfaces, veneer wood trim, 4-zone climate control and unique exterior body components.

Under the Hood

The standard 375-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine of the Range Rover HSE provides ample horsepower and torque, but don't expect to see fuel economy figures breaking the 20-mpg mark. The supercharged 5.0-liter engine delivers superior off-the-line acceleration as well as passing power without a drop in fuel efficiency, but the additional $15,000-asking price is steep. Both engines are matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a sequential shift mode and CommandShift, a piece of technology designed to alter shift points according to road conditions and driving style.

Range Rover HSE
5.0-liter V8
375 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18 mpg

Range Rover Supercharged
5.0-liter supercharged V8
510 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18 mpg

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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.3
Out of 10

Based on 201 Ratings for the 2003 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.2/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    7.3/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Reliable, comfortable, go anywhere

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, solid, quiet ride."

Cons: "Cost (but comparable to Tahoe, etc.)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been a great vehicle. I purchased it at 38,000 miles and now have 107,000 miles 4 1/2 years later. It is serviced primarily at a Ford dealer because no Land Rover near me. Regular servicing has been very affordable -- I typically buy my own oil and filters but have Ford dealer do the change, dispose of oil, plus they do safety checks, etc. I have replaced my front air bags (suspension) and will likely do the rear air bags in the near future. Cost is not too bad if you can do the change yourself, or purchase the parts and have a professional do the installation. This is my daily driver and it has proven very reliable. Comfort is still top notch, styling still looks good, ride is smooth, moderate off-road performance is great. Only real limit with off-road is your choice of tires. I admit to being concerned about reliability when I purchased the vehicle, but it has been very reliable with good, consistent power. In hindsight I'd purchase again, but be sure to research model year and individual vehicle records. 2007-2009 are recognized as among the most reliable Range Rovers available. Price at time (used) was better than Land Cruiser, about same as Tahoe, Yukon, Expedition, and the Range Rover fit in garage better."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've owned

By on Friday, August 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "handling; comfort; stylish looks"

Cons: "no blue tooth and aftermarket parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned a lot of vehicles over the past 36 years, and surprisingly this one has been the best yet. I was apprehensive when I bought it (used w/ 40K) over two years ago, but I had a comprehensive pre-check and since then I haven't had any problems. When I bought it I had a key fobe problem but the seller took care of that and since then not one additional problem. Yes, I do drive it off road (gravel-logging roads) and have plowed it through 6+ inches of snow. It's built like a tank, but handles excellent on the highway. Either I have just been down right lucky or the 07 was the best year. It has a Jag engine so it doesn't cost me alot to maintain. I put a K&N filter on it and get 19 city and 24 highway; no complaints there either. Suspension system is awesome. I don't kid myself, when something breaks it will cost, but so far I wouldn't get rid of this vehicle for anything; it looks great too!"

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Great vehicle. Best truck I've owned.

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Status, fun to drive, reliable, great quality"

Cons: "expensive to repair when outside warranty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I drove an Escalade, QX56, and Avalanche before buying the Range Rover. The only vehicle that comes close to the Range Rover overall is the Escalade. I heard the horror stories about the Range before buying it. I didn't listen, as I wanted it, and figured I would get an extended warranty anyway. The only issue I had was the suspension, which seems to be a common issue after a while. As long as you have warranty, you're good. If not, be prepared to spend at least $2500 on the suspension. I was lucky. My suspension went out while under the warranty."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Much improved service quality from previous models

By on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ride Comfort"

Cons: "Price (value)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The 2011 Range Rover is much improved from previous models when it comes to quality and reliability. The comfort of the car is unmatched, and it works well to service a family's needs. The technology still needs upgrades as the Nav, Sat Radio and other creature comforts are still the same as the when the model was launched in 2003. I suspect that all of that was taken care of with the new 2013 edition Range Rover."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

2007 Range Rover HSE Rock Solid

By on Friday, September 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability,Quality,Comfort"

Cons: "Improve service departments attitudes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Land Rover has come a long ways. I owned a 2000, 2003, and a 2007 Range Rover. Reliability has improved so much over the years that the old sad story about the Range Rover no longer applies. I already know what my next SUV will be, but its going to take longer to replace the one I am in because it is still Rock Solid!"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

2011 Range Rover Supercharged

By on Thursday, September 26, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, power, lots of technology"

Cons: "Glitches with some of the technology"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We bought this vehicle brand new and were a little blown away with the price tag but it is a luxury vehicle. This thing is loaded. Heated & cooled seats, 360° cameras, etc. I must say this SUV is easy on the eyes, just a beautiful design with nice lines. Our journey hasn't been perfect and there has been a couple of glitches with the cameras but that's not a deal breaker. The DvD screens in the headrests are nice and out of the way. We've taken trips up north and nothing but comfort was experienced. I have to say this vehicle has some power, takes a little bit to get it going because it's heavy but keep in mind it's not supposed to corner like a Porsche. This is a solid SUV and I feel safe going anywhere with my husband and our two children. We didn't purchase this vehicle for great gas mileage, we wanted to give this luxury SUV a shot and when this one wears out I expect we'll buy another. My husband is in love."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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