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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
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 215 Ratings for the 2003 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    7.4/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Best Vehicle Ever!!!

By on Sunday, November 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Classy vehicle that is fun to drive and comfy"

Cons: "dont do maintenance at dealer!"

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

"I usually flip cars every two years. I bought this one w/ 10K miles and have had it for 4 years and will drive it until my daughter starts driving. It is super fast and performs well. stops on a dime...saved me from several accidents. I have done all maintenance and have never had trouble with it. Overall performance and looks and comfort are outstanding. I also have an LR3 which is amazing and has been a great car as well. Dont be afraid of Land Rover."

16 people out of 21 found this review helpful

drove BMW 740 entire life this is best car yet.

By on Thursday, September 3, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"It's a 2012 with 17500 all in California.... black Rover with black interior. Has 20" black rims with premium low profile tires. Turns heads like nothing I've driven."

12 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Nothing Better - and - Nothing Worse

By on Thursday, April 9, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Unparallelled luxury, commanding road presence"

Cons: "Expensive to run and maintain as a B2 Bomber"

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

"Have had vehicle for 18 months and about 24,000 miles. It is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable vehicles to drive. 6,000+ pounds of Britain's finest provides a level of comfort and extravagance fit for the Queen. The Supercharged engine is responsive and delightful in all modes. The interior is extremely well appointed and provides a sense of luxury and sophisticated ambience. I truly enjoy this vehicle. All that being said - I am pretty handy with my cars and this has come in handy since I have had to replace the following this year - suspension compressor, steering rack, coolant overflow reservoir, coils on 2 cylinders, hatch lift hydraulics, cupholder, and an air conditioning vent. In a nutshell - she is a gorgeous lady who requires a lot of care and feeding! In the end would I buy another - absolutely!"

33 people out of 48 found this review helpful

Awesome driving SUV and great looking!

By on Monday, March 2, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Exciting to drive, great ride, been very reliable"

Cons: "Premium gas only"

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

"I have enjoyed the power, ride and handling! Low maintance and has been very reliable! Would buy another and recommend to a friend!!"

20 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Land rover got it right!

By on Thursday, February 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "supreme comfort, great build quality"

Cons: "expensive to maintain, loves premium fuel"

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

"This is the 5th Land rover that we've had. In the almost 6 years of ownership we have not had ONE problem! routine maintenance, brakes, tires, plugs, coolent flush, ect..... the truck has been brilliant! would recomend to anyone! we use it all the time for light off roading.... it goes ANYWHERE!!! great truck, comfortable ride... we love our rover!"

15 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Great road trip car

By on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"If you are worried about gas mileage around town this is not the car for you. 12-14mpg city/ 23 highway. Great road vehicle, quite comfortable, easy to drive."

10 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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