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2017 Range Rover Land Rover HSE

2017 Range Rover Land Rover HSE

By Vince Bodiford

With a profile that will put a hush over its rivals on or off road, the design is functional and distinctive. Inside, it’s pure luxury. Photos by Land Rover.

King of SUV’s hauls royalty for a living

In the world of SUV’s, the Range Rover is among the top expressions of luxury. We tested the new model and found it lives up to its world-class reputation, and contains more advanced autonomous technologies than before.

Since it redefined the luxury SUV sector more than 47 years ago, Range Rover has achieved more than one million sales and sits at the pinnacle of the Land Rover family. Range Rover’s unique combination of refinement, design and legendary all-terrain capability has seen it used to transport Royalty, undertake gruelling expeditions.

The original Classic model debuted in 1970 and over four generations the luxury SUV has established itself as a design reference, representing the ultimate in all-terrain luxury.

Vehicle Highlights:

MSRP starting at $85,650

(supercharged and fully optioned over $100k)

Fuel Economy ranges from 22-mpg to 29-mpg.

Vehicle Highs: Firm grip on off-road ability in a pure luxury package. Outstanding interior. Respected brand and capable performer. Long and short wheelbase choices.

Vehicle Lows: Hideously expensive, very high premium for brand cache. Standard engines are a bit underpowered for such a large, heavy vehicle.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said “Range Rover has been the world’s leading luxury SUV since its debut more than 46 years ago. Design is fundamental to this vehicle and the latest refinements reinforce its status as the ultimate luxury SUV. By offering our customers more choice, more technology and more power we ensure Range Rover remains in a class of its own.”

The Land Rover Range Rover comes in a several trim level choices to fit whatever use you have in mind, starting with a supercharged V6 or a turbocharged diesel V6, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – all standard.

Range Rover HSE includes more standard features, available with either the diesel V6 or a tuned-up version of the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that adds 40-bhp.

Next up is the Range Rover Supercharged, which is has a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (510-bhp, 461-torque).

The Range Rover Autobiography has with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine as the HSE and much more creature comforts and design. Up a rung from that is the SVAutobiography Dynamic. It uses a version of the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine and makes 550bhp and 502-torque.

The long-wheelbase models all share the same longer chassis. The Range Rover’s wheelbase is longer by 7.9 inches. At the top of the range, the SVAutobiography LWB comes with reclining executive seats, which include tables, a center console cooler with glasses, and a rear-seat entertainment.

The introduction of Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment is a significant enhancement to 2017 Model Year Range Rover. The system delivers improved satellite navigation functionality and connectivity while its more intuitive operation is augmented by the new larger 10-inch dual-view touchscreen display.

As part of the new InControl Touch Pro system, the fully integrated satellite navigation has been developed with a range of new features including door-to-door routing. The system allows customers to set a destination on the Land Rover-dedicated smartphone Route Planner app.

New 2017 model year Range Rover introduces a host of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to the luxury SUV. The level of personalisation available for 2017 Model Year Range Rover is taken to new heights with the introduction of new exterior finishes available through Special Vehicle Operations.

The mix of 19 new colours gives customers a more varied choice of metallic and pearlescent colours, all available in either gloss or satin matte finishes. The additional options range from traditional shades to bolder, more contemporary choices. From spectacular, deep blacks to dramatic reds, the new colours perfectly complement and finish the design of the world’s most luxurious SUV.

For more information, see your local Land Rover dealer or visit

Test Drive by Vince Bodiford

2004 Range Rover, by Land Rover (493)

This week I tested the 2004 Land Rover Range Rover. Is it just me or should they have named this the Ranger or something like that?

This is an SUV that is noticeably “Substantial” and of high quality. You know, when you go looking for a suit or evening gown and you see one you really like? You just know before you look at the price tag it’s going to be a LOT. It’s the same with cars and in this case the question has to be, “Is it worth all that money”? Will I also have to buy the more expensive suit and go to more expensive restaurants and use the Valet? You know, it isn’t just the car; it’s all the other trappings that go with the price of admission. Know what I mean?

A little history: Land Rover was sold to BMW in 1994 and Ford picked it up in 2000. Both companies have contributed improvements that make this a real contender. The engine is from Germany and the Ford brings organization to the brand as it did to Jaguar. It’s sure to become a heavy weight champion in the class and if I were spending your money, I’d own one.

General Info:

Parts – UK 54%, German 41%, US/Canadian 2%. Engine and Transmission – Germany.

Assembly – Solihull, UK.

Class: – Special Purpose

Cars: – Discovery, Freelander & Range Rover.

Handling & Performance:

This all wheel drive system is arguably the best of all off road vehicles. But you know, I gotta tell you; I have taken all the Jeeps off road in the most unbelievably challenging terrains and most of the other competitors too. It is my opinion that all have capability beyond what we’d ever need, beyond normal driving abilities and when coupled with the fact that few ever get off road anyway, spending the extra bucks for the best of the best is not a good reason to buy.

0-60 is 8.19 seconds which is very good especially when you consider the curb weight is nearly 5,400 lbs. When loaded it is well over 3 tons.

You’ll never want for power getting on the autobahn / freeway or for passing. But putting the pedal to the metal sucks up way too much fuel and we must know carmakers can do much better and should. See my columns on engineering issues with Merkel Weiss in prior issues or my website,


British cars have their unique and particular look because for the most part the British are practical people and very proper. Designs lean more to substance over form, with exceptions such as the elegant design of Jaguar, Rolls Royce and Aston Martin. Well, this Range Rover follows suit in being a performer rather than a looker. It has not been particularly pretty in the past but shows signs of better design touches in the future.

Fit and Finish:



If it isn’t there you “Bloody well don’t need it”. In fact the navigation system is more sophisticated than most and the off road feature provides longitude, latitude, elevation and heading, etc. It provides “Back Track” routes and elapsed time monitoring and more. If you want simple, this isn’t it. Go to the Japanese and American high tech equipment for simple user-friendly versions.


Way too much for traversing the countryside, but the Pentagon would pay twice as much, for a rather capable all terrain vehicle. Do the math; if they will pay $600 for a toilet seat, what do you think they would be willing to pay for a Land Range Rover? Well, enough of how poorly governments care for our tax dollars, which aggravates us all, and as well it should, mate.

Consumer Recommendation:

Where snob appeal is important and money is no object this SUV will surely be attractive. Of course you can’t have an ecological bone in your body to own it because this Land Rover will burn huge quantities of “Fossil Fuel”. Part of that fact comes from the boxy, out of the mainstream design. But then, if the different look is precisely what you’re looking for then this is your cup of English tea.

The Competition:

Range Rover $72-84,000, Volvo XC90 $35-36,000, Lincoln Navigator $49-56,000, Volkswagen Touareg $36-58,000, Cadillac Escalade $52-69,000, GMC Yukon Denali $50-51,000, Mercedes Benz M-Class $38-46,000, Lexus LX 470 $64,000, Toyota Land Cruiser $54,000, BMW X5 $41-52,000, Porsche Cayenne $43-89,000, Hummer H1 $105-116,000.

Good News:

It has an unassuming presence and communicates a quiet quality that is very British, you feel you’re in the “Outback” even on the streets of West Covina… or East Covina for that matter.

Bad News:

Miserable gas mileage, pricey and more car than 99.9% of drivers can or will ever need to do. Professional race drivers do things with cars the rest of us will never develop the skill to do. In golf we know we’ll never, ever be as good as Tiger Woods. But that doesn’t deter us from entering the games.

Standard Equipment:

4.4 liter 282 hp V8, 5-speed auto trans, permanent 4-wheel drive, traction control, power assist ABS disc brakes, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), HDC (Hill Descent Control which limits speed), EBA (Emergency Brake Assist), air suspension with auto load leveling, SRS (8-airbag restraint system), heated front windshield and rear window, high intensity headlights with power washers, parking sensors, keyless entry, climate control, power tilt and telescopic leather wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, power front seats with memory for drivers seat, steering column and exterior mirror settings, power heated mirrors and power fold, sunroof, one touch open and close windows and sunroof, trip computer with GPS satellite navigation with Off-Road function, stereo with 6 disc CD changer with surround sound, steering wheel mounted audio controls and speed sensitive volume control.

Gas Stats:

12 City and 16 Highway MPG.


MSRP $73,550.

2000 Land Rover Discovery (282)

The 2000 Land Rover Discovery provides a different “touch of class” to the SUV market. It’s not quite as different as the Hummer is, but it does have that look of take’n care of business. You know, safari style. It isn’t without its faults, but by and large there is little to complain about

A few things that I started to be picky about began with the impaired visibility due to the headrest in the middle of the rear seat. I thought I had found a legitimate complaint but it turned out to be one of many thoughtful touches. I simply had to pull the armrest down and down went the headrest. Wa-la, instant improvement of the rear view. Placement of the door handle inside also bugged me. You must reach down to open the door and that could have been rectified by placing the handle higher on the door. I also had a problem with the power seat adjustments placed on the side of the console. It’s more difficult to reach than it needs to be. And finally, I couldn’t fathom why there was a gearshift indicator on both sides of the shift lever. But then it became clear that this SUV is nearly a perfect “mirror image” on both sides of the interior. Most of the controls are exactly centered for equal access by both driver and passenger. I wondered if there was a steering wheel tucked away somewhere on the passenger side to provide a true co-pilot position.

The Land Rover has been around since 1948 and is sold in 100 countries. If you’re like me you visualize it on the sands of some far away desert or parked by a pyramid in Egypt. But you even find them in Beverly Hills where they can be seen scaling the heights of speed bumps or fighting their way through traffic on Rodeo Dr.

Handling & Performance:

Discovery handles extremely well. The suspension and front and rear sway bars give it a solid feel and the V8 engine is very responsive. I really didn’t expect it to handle as well as it does because it is taller than most SUV’s.


Different, but it grows on you. The statement it would make if it could talk is that “I don’t care what you think I should look like, I\’m a ‘Real’ off road vehicle. I make no bones about the fact that Function is more important than Form. I am what the Nissan Xterra only tries to portray.” That may even be true, but Xterra is trying to appeal to the younger set and really isn’t competition for this Discovery. Well, you be the judge.

Fit and Finish:

It’s very good but because it has that rugged “military vehicle” look, you don’t pay as much attention. I like the way the two jump seats in a third row fold away easily and neatly. The rear seats also fold away easily as well.


The model I tested included some nice stuff but it added about $9 grand that you could live without – like two electric sunroofs. Quite frankly I was surprised at the price and simply had thought they cost more than they do.


Even if you don’t end up buying one, I recommend you test drive it anyway.

The Competition:

Acura SLX $36,300, Chevrolet Blazer $18,970-31,570, Dodge Durango $25,975-27,975, Ford Explorer $19,970-34,375, GMC Envoy $34,170, Infinity QX4 $35,550, Jeep Grand Cherokee $26,570-34,345, Lexus RX 300 $32,505-33,905, Mercedes M-Class $35,300-64,900, Mitsubishi Montero $31,370, Oldsmobile Bravada $31,398, Toyota 4Runner $21,938-36,466.

Good News:

Thoughtful touches that set it apart from the crowd, handles well, powerful, function over form.

Bad News:

Terrible fuel consumption, poorly placed power seat controls and inside door handles.

Standard Equipment:

4.0 liter 188 horsepower V8 engine, 4-speed automatic trans, permanent four wheel drive, traction control, 4-wheel power anti lock disc brakes, dual airbags, child locks, front and rear fog lights, keyless entry, dual climate control, power windows, power o/s mirrors, tilt leather wrapped steering wheel, leather, 6-way power front seats, 12 speaker audio system with cassette and weather band, dual electric sunroofs, third row seating with audio controls, leather seating.

Gas Stats:

13 City and 17 Highway MPG.


MSRP $43,375