The 2014 Range Rover Remodel
When I heard that Land Rover was releasing an updated version of their Range Rover I knew I had to take it for a test drive. Range Rovers are always fun to drive and the 2014 edition was no different. Not only does this model feature a new updated look that is all masculine SUV, but its performance is kicked up a notch with slightly more refinement as well. It’s a ride that everyone should experience at least once.
Performance and Handling
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes in two different performance flavors. It’s either equipped with a V6 engine that provides plenty of power, or a monstrous supercharged V8 that’s over the top but a heck of a lot of fun to drive around.
The V8 provides a whopping 510 horsepower and 461 lb.-ft. of torque for very fast acceleration. Both of these models are tied to an eight speed automatic transmission that can be operated with paddle shifters. The center and rear differentials are electronically locking for improved control in varied conditions. The Terrain Response System, automatically locks and unlocks both differentials to improve driving conditions, while the constant four-wheel drive gives this vehicle plenty of traction.
Seven Driving Modes
The Land Rover Range Rover features six different driving modes and the Sport edition comes with one more. The automatic setting alters performance levels to meet with the varied conditions that you come into contact with. It is also equipped with a grass/gravel/snow setting, one for mud/ruts, one for sand, a rock crawl and general setting for clear roads. The sport edition also features a dynamic mode that is for high-performance driving.
Quick downshifts and upshifts paired with a high-powered engine make the Range Rover sport very fun to drive. Press firmly on the pedal and it screams to life leaping ahead and passing the speed limit in mere moments. The throttle provides refined control but it does take some getting used to in order to operate it smoothly. The V8 model also has a nice throaty growl during hard accelerations. The supercharged V6 model isn’t quite as exciting to drive, but it isn’t sluggish either. Sufficient acceleration and plenty of control make it an enjoyable option.
Even though this Rover is designed for rough driving conditions it was also built to glide smoothly down the road. With an air suspension and active dampers most bumps and ruts in a standard road will go completely unnoticed.
The new Range Rover has a sporty look that models the Evoque more than anything else. The large wraparound headlights give the front a modern look and the LED accents only serve to enhance the effect. The small side grilles are a nice touch that give the front an intricate look and the textured side-sill is another small touch that help complete this overall package.
The 2014 Range Rover is luxurious on the inside with a fabric coated dash and soft touch materials throughout. Knobs and controls are accented by textured aluminum for a modern look. While sitting in the driver’s seat the high ride-height creates high visibility driving conditions and the highly adjustable seat provide plenty of support for a more comfortable ride. The high seat position in this Rover does make getting in and out of it a bit more challenging however.
One weakness in this highly refined interior was the multimedia system that Land Rover used. The 8-inch touchscreen is cumbersome to use and the menus are difficult to navigate. Overall the system feels a bit dated and can’t stand up to some of the more refined systems out on the market today.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport isn’t a vehicle that you’ll forget about after driving. Its high powered acceleration, luxury interior and great ride quality all make it into an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. While many people won’t want to pay the premium prices for this SUV (over 80K) those who do will certainly be getting their money’s worth.