2015 Land Rover Range Rover Review

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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Overview

In the automotive world, certain models elicit a clear mental image. The Land Rover Range Rover epitomizes this. For 2015, the Range Rover remains one of the best vehicles for on-road use made at any price point, and the Range Rover is also one of the best off-road vehicles made at any price point. It's very difficult to find comparable vehicles. Mercedes and Jeep have offerings that do things a Range Rover can, but the Range Rover seems to stand apart from its competitors as an icon that cannot be topped.

Photos and video accurately convey what the off-road ride of a 2015 Range Rover might be like. We can see that the vehicle has immense mud, dune and water-fording capabilities. However, to believe that the vehicle is as good as a great sport-luxury sedan on the road, one needs to drive the Range Rover. Do so, and you will quickly discover that the engineering that goes into this vehicle makes it drive not at all like a sport utility vehicle. It's not tippy. Although bumps are handled with almost comical ease, the vehicle still handles crisply and feels like a low-slung sports sedan when pushed.

For model year 2013 the Range Rover moved to a 700-pounds-lighter all-aluminum body. The Range Rover also made a much more dramatic shift from a body-on-frame design to a unibody design, meaning this 2015 Range Rover is a crossover. The engineers who designed the Range Rover in its new form are some of the same individuals that did similar work for Jaguar and the new 2015 Ford F-150, as much of the technology development was done while Land Rover and Jaguar were part of Ford’s Premier Auto Group. This is a vehicle that has the gravitas of a storied history but is also thoroughly modern.

The 2015 Range Rover lineup includes seven versions. Four are the standard-wheelbase Range Rover, and three are long-wheelbase versions. Beginning with the standard wheelbase is the Range Rover Base. It packs a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. This model features 19-inch wheels. Standard equipment includes Land Rover’s Terrain Response system and hill-descent control. The leather front seats and front and rear glass are all heated. The infotainment system is premium, with a 380-watt Meridian sound system and an 8-inch color screen with navigation. Most of the luxury items optional in many premium brands are standard. The most notable additions are a variety of panoramic roofs to choose from, a towing package, rear-seat entertainment and adaptive cruise control.

In the standard-wheelbase 2015 Range Rover, one can choose from three more levels of luxury. First is the HSE. This trim adds heated rear seats, the panoramic roof, front climate seating, better leather, Grand Black Lacquer trim, and 20-inch wheels. The Supercharged trim (an odd name since all Range Rovers are supercharged) swaps out the V6 for a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with an incredible 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque. This large crossover can sprint to 60 mph in about 5.1 seconds. That's faster than most BMW sports sedans. In this trim wheels step up to 21 inches, the Terrain Response system becomes more elaborate and Dynamic Response is added.

Finally, we arrive at the 2015 Range Rover Autobiography. This is Rover’s premium trim. Interior materials are at the top of the market. The audio system is boosted to 1.7 kW. Front seats come with massage functions. Special 21-inch wheels are fitted, and a Surround camera and a host of driver aids are now included. If one is trying to buy a proper Range Rover, this is the one.

The long-wheelbase 2015 Range Rover adds 7 inches to the wheelbase and about 8 inches of overall length to the vehicle. This is intended to make the second row much more comfortable for owners who have a driver. Rather than repeating a lot of the above, we will abbreviate our long-wheelbase overview a bit. The long-wheelbase 2015 Range Rover trims begin with the Supercharged. It includes the same content listed above for the short-wheelbase trim. Next is the Autobiography. Finally, we arrive at the very special, limited to 100 units per year in the U.S., Autobiography Black trim. This top-of-the-line crossover has it all. In the second row, it has a console with deployable tables ready to accept USB cables. The driver gets 20-way-adjustable seating. Wheels and leather are upgraded. Land Rover calls this a custom-crafted vehicle built to satisfy the growing demand for ultra-luxury Range Rovers.

The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover is a vehicle for drivers seeking the ultimate in go-anywhere driving comfort and pleasure.


John Goreham is a life-long car nut and recovering engineer. In the early 1990s, he was part of a team that built a solar-electric race car from scratch. In addition to his work at CarGurus, John covers automotive news at Torque News and GM-trucks.com and is a contributor to CarTalk and BestRide. Aside from all things automotive, John loves fishing and hockey, preferably in the company of his two boys.

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