DriveApart Review: 2013 Range Rover

RideApart Overview
For 2013, Land Rover introduces the all-new fourth generation Range Rover to the lineup. With its more muscular shape and design and a lightweight all-aluminum unibody platform, the 2013 model is, hands down, the most capable Range Rover yet.

What We Like
The fourth generation Range Rover has been completely redesigned and re-engineered from the ground up. The aluminum underpinnings save an incredible amount of weight – almost 700 pounds – from the last generation improving both performance and the overall efficiency of the vehicle. We also like that Range Rover raised its game on the luxury quotient with its luxe and opulent interior, double pane glass and super quiet ride – which keeps the cabin quiet even while crawling over some seriously tough terrain.

What's Not To Like
The price is high - The Range Rover starts at $83,545 for the base Range Rover and moves on up to Autobiography at $130,995, an increase of $47,450 over the entry level model. It is a hefty price, but the Range Rover, we think, is well worth the money. Also, complaining about the price of a Range Rover is like saying that your handmade carbon-fiber fishing rod is too expensive – sure you can get something for less, but would you really want to?

The Range Rover has a lot of cargo space.

Tow and Haul
The 2013 Range Rover has a 7,716 gross towing load which means you can tow almost anything including another Range Rover, if your heart desires. There are a lot of technological features to assist you with towing like a surround camera system, tow assist for easier hitching and reversing and, something we love, a sweet trailer stability system. With the rear seats upright, the Range Rover has 32.1 cubic feet of cargo - with the seats down and forward that number more than doubles to 71.7 cubic feet. With that much cargo space, you'll be able to haul everything, easily and in style and comort.

The Drive
In a word, awesome. We spent an afternoon tooling around Utah and Arizona in the new Range Rover and through all kinds of weather and terrain and, to tell the truth, it was flawless in all environments. From the at above freeway speeds in the driving rain to the dry dirt roads, the Range Rover surpassed the last generation by leaps and bounds. But where the Range Rover really proved its mettle was on a scabby, rock-strewn BLM trail in the mountains outside of Kanab, Utah where we spent some time driving across some seriously adverse conditions. From a slow steady crawl over rocks to downhill mud descents to driving through a narrow track of snow-covered ground, the Range Rover outperformed all expectations, which has a lot to do with the updated Terrain Response Control system. While you can choose one of five settings – Auto, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl – you’re better off staying in auto mode and letting the Range Rover, in its infinite wisdom, choose the settings for whatever terrain you throw at it. Because really, if your SUV can withstand a hectic off-roading course, it can make it though the snow, rain and whatever else you throw its way n your daily drive.

The 5.0 liter V8 supercharged engine.

Engine and Drivetrain
The Range Rover comes equipped with two 5-liter V8 engines - a standard naturally aspirated version and a supercharged model. The standard engine produces 375 horsepower and 376 foot pounds of torque. The supercharged engine comes equipped with a twin vortex system supercharger that produces a whopping 510 horsepower and 461 foot pounds of torque. Both engines have significantly reduced their emissions from the outgoing 2012 model. The SUV comes with a new eight speed automatic gearbox that improves fuel efficiency. The driver is also able to select gears using the paddle shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Interesting Vehicle Features
The fourth generation Range Rover has been redesigned and re-engineered for 2013 and sports some seriously interesting features. For 2013, the Range Rover has been technologically enhanced with a laundry list of features, like the aforementioned updated Terrain Response system that automatically selects the best settings for the current driving conditions, electronic traction control with an intelligent four wheel drive system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Reverse Traffic Detection, an adjustable speed limiter device and a surround camera system.

Gas Mileage
With its massive mill, the high horsepower Range Rover doesn’t get great gas mileage. The standard engine has a mpg of 13 city, 20 highway and a combined mpg of 16 miles per gallon. The supercharged engine has 13 city, 19 highway and a combined of 15 mpg. That said, the Range Rover customer complains more about the range of the vehicle than the gas mileage.

The leather interior with wood paneling.

Interior and Exterior
The interior of the Range Rover is exactly what you would expect from a high-end luxury SUV - its gorgeous leather covered and wood laden interior is filled with some of the best technology you’ll find in the segment. We love the high-res TFT- gauge cluster in the dashboard and its neatly designed user functionality. We suggest, if you can, opt for the over the top Autobiography edition, with all the bells and whistles. Not only is the interior luxurious, it also spacious with some of the best room in its class. The Exterior has been completely redesigned for the fourth generation to enhance performance, overall efficiency of the vehicle and, well, make it look great.

Pricing
The entry price for a Range Rover starts at $80,275, the HSE at $84,645, and the Supercharged Range Rover from $95,670. The ultimate high-end Ranger Rover Autobiography starts at $130,995. The Range Rover may be an expensive SUV but it’s one of the most luxurious and technologically advanced luxury SUVs on the market today. The Ranger Rover is more costly than its competitors. It’s competition, the Lexus LX, the Mercedes Benz Gl, and the Porsche Cayenne S MSRP at $81,530, $62,400, and $65,850, respectively.

The Range Rover offroading.

What We Think
The 2103 Ranger Rover shaved off over 700 pounds in weight versus the older model, updated the already best in class all-terrain performance system, increased fuel efficiency, manufactured in Land Rover's state of the art facility in Solihull, UK, is, really, the world's finest luxury SUV combining the best in new technology with safety, comfort and style. For us, a perfect garage would be a Diesel-powered Defender 110 for the weekend and a brand new Autobiography for everything else.

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