The all-new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

Evoking the Evoque

Headlamps

Supercharged

Eight-speed transmission

15 mpg combined

Parallel parking

Ride height adjustment

Access height

Two off-road levels

Power lift gate

Rear storage

Interior

Steering wheel

Digital instrument cluster

Climate controls

Touch-screen navigation

Maps and design

Menu structure

Too many taps

Multiple cameras

Front corner cameras

Meridian surround

Audio sources

Comfort package

Cool box

4x4 monitoring

The newest generation of Range Rover switched from a body-on-frame to a monocoque construction, but it doesn't seem to have lost any of its off-road capability.
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The Range's design has been updated to be more in line with the aesthetic of the smallest Range Rover, the Evoque.
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The headlamps now wrap around the corners of the vehicle and feature LED daytime running lights. Opt for the Vision package and the high beams will automatically deactivate when oncoming traffic is detected by a camera high in the windscreen.
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Under the hood spins a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine. Power is rated at 510 horses; torque is 461 pound-feet.
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Power exiting the engine must first pass through an eight-speed automatic transmission, then a two-speed transfer case, and then a sophisticated array of differentials on its way to all four wheels.
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The EPA estimates 15 mpg combined fuel economy. I finished my testing at 15.1 mpg.
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An optional $650 park assist system allows the Range Rover to measure parking spaces with its sonar sensors and take over the electronic power steering to guide the SUV into the spot.
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The air suspension featured four levels of height adjustment. The standard height is fairly tall and offers pretty good ground clearance for most situations and good on-road manners.
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The Access height lowers the SUV significantly to make entry and exit easier, as well as allowing the Rover to fit into garages with low ceilings.
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There are also two off-road ride height levels that increase ground clearance, which in turn increases the approach and departure angles, break-over angle, and wading depth.
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At the touch of a button, the Range Rover's power lift gate opens to reveal a spacious cargo area.
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The rear hatch also features a small tailgate (also motorized) that creates a small lip into the cargo area.
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The rugged Range Rover's interior is rather refined, with leather, wood, and real metal trim as far as the eye can see.
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The heated wood steering wheel is a non-standard option. Wood or not, the steering-wheel controls are well laid out and cleverly designed.
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Like its sister brand's luxury sedans, the Range Rover features a fully digital instrument cluster that adapts to display audio source, navigation, and off-road options.
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Physical controls for the climate control system are also well-designed and easy to understand. Sadly, this ease of use drops off significantly when it comes to the touch-screen infotainment system.
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The hard-drive-based navigation system that is standard on the Range is also a reskin of the infotainment system that graces Jaguar's vehicles.
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The maps and menus boast decent resolution and an eye-pleasing design.
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However, the menu structure hides many of the most commonly accessed features in submenus, requiring more driver interaction than we're comfortable with. Additionally, the shortcuts on the far right bezel were too far from the driver's seat for me to reach without stretching.
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Getting to the address entry screen or the destination search requires about a half-dozen key presses. Even voice command address entry can be time-consuming.
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The aforementioned Vision package also adds an array of cameras that arm the driver with an around-the-vehicle view. Unfortunately, full access to these cameras is hidden two levels deep in the touch-screen menu.
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Perhaps the most useful of the cameras are the ones in the front bumper that give a pair of 90-degree views off of the front bumper, which is useful for nosing the large SUV out of blind spots. Thankfully, these cameras have a one-touch shortcut key.
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Our tester was equipped with a 19-speaker, 825-watt Meridian surround stereo system and it sounds fantastic.
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The standard list of audio sources includes satellite radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, USB, and iPod connectivity.
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A Comfort package adds four-zone climate controls, heated and cooled surfaces with pneumatic massage for the front row seats, and motorization for the second-row seats.
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That Comfort package also adds a refrigerated cool box to the center console that keeps drinks and snacks chilled.
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The off-road systems can also be monitored via the infotainment screen as well.
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