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2014 Land Rover Range Rover

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2

The 2014 Range Rover represents the pinnacle of Land Rover's lineup, and offers among the best combination of off-road ability and on-road comfort of any vehicle. While that former trait comes as no surprise given Land Rover's heritage of trekking to the ends of the Earth, it's that latter characteristic that is such a welcome surprise in a stout SUV. Thanks to the massive reduction in weight and even more advanced terrain response system that came with last year's revamp, the Range Rover is as comfortable hurtling over highways as it is crawling up cliffs. At $80,000-plus, the Range Rover is not an inexpensive proposition, and its history of subpar resale value doesn't help matters when compared to rivals such as the Lexus LX and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want the ability to traverse any terrain while ensconced in a cocoon of the finest amenities, the 2014 Range Rover fits the bill. This 4-wheel-drive vehicle is just as at ease ascending the Andes as it is pulling up to the opera.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need seating for more than five, look to a larger 3-row SUV such as the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class or the considerably less-expensive and more fuel-efficient Infiniti JX. Another question to ask yourself is whether you really need the added expense that comes with the Range Rover's extreme off-road abilities.

What's New for 2014

In an effort to improve fuel efficiency and decrease emissions output, the 2014 Range Rover's base engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 instead of the naturally aspirated V8. (A supercharged V8 remains optional.) Also on the efficiency front is engine start/stop technology that reduces idling in stop-and-go traffic.

Driving the Range Rover
Driving Impressions

On-road or off, the 2014 Range Rover is a no-compromises machine. With advanced software to back up hard-core hardware, the Range Rover can be optimized to conquer various terrains like...

... mud, snow and rocks with the literal touch of a button. Though the majority of drivers probably won't use the Range Rover's low-range gearing to claw up mountains or take advantage of its adjustable ground clearance to wade nearly three feet of water, this SUV has the capability to push far beyond civilization. Thankfully, the 2014 Range Rover also excels in the urban jungle. Its ride is so refined that you'll think you're in a luxury sedan. The supercharged V8 model we tested had excellent acceleration, with the ability to leap to 60 mph in a sports-car-like 5.1 seconds. Even V6 models are no slouches, with the oomph to hit that mark in 7.1 seconds. Despite its tall profile, the Range Rover feels composed in corners.

SUPER ABILITIES
It may not leap tall buildings, but the 2014 Range Rover can sure scale other objects. When elevated nearly a foot via air suspension, this SUV can clamber over obstacles or wade through creeks. Low-range gearing and Terrain Response, meanwhile, can make off-road amateurs look like pros.

ON-ROAD COMFORT
There’s an old yarn about how a Land Rover is most often the first vehicle seen by remote populations because it’s the only one that can reach them. But the 2014 Range Rover’s quiet, supple highway ride is equally stellar.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Details
2014 Land Rover Range Rover photo Interior

Though tough on the outside, the 2014 Range Rover's interior is soft and luxurious. Two rows of seats hold five passengers, with plenty of cargo room in back. Rear legroom is much better than past models, and the front seats offer a commanding view. Leather seating is standard, with plusher Oxford leather available. Even the cloud-like headrests will make you feel like royalty. Range Rover Autobiography editions take lux to the extreme with semi-aniline leather and an available Executive Class Seating which replaces the 3-passenger bench with a pair of deeply sculpted seats that both recline and massage.

Exterior
2014 Land Rover Range Rover photo

Totally revamped the prior year for its 4th-generation debut, the 2014 Range Rover is slightly bigger than its predecessors but a whole lot lighter. At 196.8 inches in length – shorter than a full-size sedan – it is still relatively easy to maneuver. Though sleeker and with contemporary flair seen in places like its headlight and taillight housings, the Range Rover retains the boxy design that has been inherent to its rugged looks since 1970. Those blocky aesthetics also translate to good cargo space and excellent visibility from within. Below the paint is a unibody structure made of aluminum that has helped shed up to 700 pounds versus the previous generation.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover comes in four trims: Range Rover, HSE, Supercharged, and Autobiography. The $83,000-plus "Range Rover" trim is considered the base version, but you won't exactly feel like a pauper in it. All models are extremely well-equipped. That bottom trim, for example, includes leather, a power tailgate, 19-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering column, navigation, and a 380-watt Meridian premium audio system with 8-inch touchscreen. Higher models replace the supercharged V6 engine with a supercharged V8 and ladle on extras like 20- or 21-inch wheels, a more advanced Terrain Response system, and a rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2014 Range Rover vary with trim level and are abundant. The Vision Assist package includes a surround camera system, blind-spot monitoring, and the Terrain Response 2 system. Yet-louder and more primo Meridian sound systems are available, including one that will please the most discerning audiophile with 1,700-watts of bliss pumping from 29 speakers. Other extras of note include executive 4-passenger seating in Autobiography models, 4-zone climate control, and heated/ventilated front and rear seats with a massage feature. Driving aids include adaptive cruise control, parallel-park assist, and an active rear locking differential.

Under the Hood

Options for the 2014 Range Rover vary with trim level and are abundant. The Vision Assist package includes a surround camera system, blind-spot monitoring, and the Terrain Response 2 system. Yet-louder and more primo Meridian sound systems are available, including one that will please the most discerning audiophile with 1,700-watts of bliss pumping from 29 speakers. Other extras of note include executive 4-passenger seating in Autobiography models, 4-zone climate control, and heated/ventilated front and rear seats with a massage feature. Driving aids include adaptive cruise control, parallel-park assist, and an active rear locking differential.


Under the Hood (50-125 words + hp/mileage modules)
A new engine powers base Range Rover and HSE models for 2014: a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that replaces the previous naturally aspirated V8. The new, smaller engine has 35 less horsepower than the outgoing V8, but better fuel economy. Still, at an estimated 18 mpg combined, the V6-powered Range Rover isn't exactly a fuel miser. The Supercharged and Autobiography trims retain a very powerful – and thirsty – supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. All 2014 Range Rover models use an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and have a defeatable engine start/stop function to eke out better fuel economy. The tow rating for all models is a commendable, if random-sounding, 7,716 pounds.

3.0-liter supercharged V6
340 horsepower @ 6,500
332 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy, est.: 16/22

5.0-liter supercharged V8
510 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
2013 EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 mpg
(2014 model's EPA rating is still to be announced)

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.6
Out of 10

Based on 19 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    6.2/10
    Quality
    6.9/10
  • Reliability
    6.1/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

4 replacement engines

By on Friday, June 24, 2016

I don't own this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "drives nice on highways"

Cons: "gets stuck in mud"

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

"Has no dipstick only an oil sensor that does not work my son is on his second engine his friend has had four engines range rover paid for the replacement however this says nothing about quality!"

Best car ever Range Rover Supersport V8

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, luxury and fast! Expensive but Worth it!"

Cons: "None"

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

"I own a Porsche and Infiniti and we always want to take the Range Rover due to its comfort and ride. Nothing like it. Very reliable and fast. Took a road trip from California to Texas and this car just cruised in comfort. Never felt tired or beat. Step on the gas and it goes! We will always own a Range Rover after this one. Very dependable and the quality is excellent. The Range Rover wont be in a junk car when the Lexus, etc would be scrap metal. This car is built to last. Repairs are not anymore expensive than my Porsche and are the typical brakes, tires, and oil. Very happy with my Range Rover Super sport!"

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Most comfortable car created

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable beyond belief; performs well"

Cons: "Clunky electronics; serivce a nightmare"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"6'2" and car feels like I'm driving a recliner chair. Accelerates wonderfully for a car this size. Turns on a dime. Electronics are clunky- GPS difficult to use, radio only a little less so. Biggest problem: service. Not helpful, often closed on weekends, expensive, nothing like my old Lexus, where advisors fell all over themselves to make things right."

38 people out of 41 found this review helpful

50k great miles and counting

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "All purpose that is perfect for my needs"

Cons: "Soccer mom image and that's okay"

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

"My 2012 Sport is my first Rover. I winter in AZ and summer in MN. I drive in MN snow, ice etc and dessert off road in AZ. City driving is light and agile for such a heavy vehicle. Because of it's rock climbing ability, the steering is designed to turn on a dime making u turns and parking like no other. I have more aggressive Nito tires and am amazed at the lack of road noise. Cross country trips are comfortable to the point of relaxing. I'd like the drivers seat in my living room."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Service rides in the backseat.

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,340

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very comfortable"

Cons: "Unreliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Very plush. Very comfortable. Turns on a dime. The drawback is that it is full of inferior made parts. Sensors, modulators and drive shafts. Problems galore after 50,000 miles on a vehicle that never left the pavement and was parked in a carpeted garage."

22 people out of 25 found this review helpful

More time in the shop than on the road

By on Saturday, October 17, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Quality

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looks expensive"

Cons: "Looks can be deceiving."

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

"Car looks good. That is the end of the positives. Lack of reliability makes features laughable. I guess I have to agree that the only reason people buy this piece of trash is the look at me factor. If only I didn't have to spend all my time explaining why it was in the shop."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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