2007 Land Rover Range Rover

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$76,535

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2007 Land Rover Range Rover

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Offroad capabilities
  • Land Rover reputation and heritage
  • Newly available features

The bad:

  • Pending further review

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2007 Land Rover Range Rover trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Available supercharged V-8
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Electronic parking brake

2007 Land Rover Range Rover review: Our expert's take

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Glancing at the back of the 2007 Land Rover Range Rover HSE owner’s manual, I notice four official seals, stating “by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen,” “by appointment to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh,” “by appointment to HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother” and “by appointment to HRH the Prince of Wales.” Wow, that is mega royalty, indeed. So where do I fit into the picture? How about HM (Her Momship) the Queen Bee? Yep, that sounds right!

For starters, I ponder ditching my sweats and donning something more appropriate. After all, I’d like to live up to my new role as Her Momship. I decide a pair of my favorite jeans coupled with heels and a fancy purse will do the trick. Dressed up in my new ride, I’m feeling very much like royalty.

At least, I imagine I would feel that way if I were actually in the vehicle. As it’s night, however, and the key fob is black on black, I can’t see a blasted thing. Where is my chauffeur, already? How about a spare MI6 agent with night-vision goggles? While I’m on the key fob, why does it take a thumb made of steel (mine is cramping) to actually get the buttons to respond? Holding that thumb position long enough is well worth the effort, though, since all of the Range Rover’s doors, windows and even the sunroof majestically open up for me. Her Momship’s chariot awaits!

Although the Range Rover is definitely ready for me, my precious little princes are another story. You see, there are two issues to work around: No. 1, don’t even consider three kids in car/booster seats in the rear. In order to get all three kids into the Range Rover for carpool (two boosters and one car seat), I’m confronted with a last-minute shuffle. Even after this rearrangement, securing the kids is still a nightmare. While my son is already sitting in his skinny booster (at 13 inches wide it’s one of the narrowest available), I am forced to buckle him in because he has NO chance of doing it on his own. To accomplish this seemingly effortless task, I painstakingly lift up my son’s booster (with his 40-some-odd pounds in it), laboriously shove it against his brother’s car seat and barely make it to the seat belt receptacle. Finally, I’m ready for the third child (a first-grader), but because she also can’t reach and manipulate the receptacle, I’m left buckling her in as well. So much for fostering independence. Needless to say, this ridiculous exercise leaves me completely exasperated, and any visions of royalty have vanished into thin air, along with my discarded heels (a casualty of the need for better car-seat leverage).

As for problem No. 2, the Latch connectors are much too tightly sandwiched between the seatback and the seat bottom. Luckily, I can comfortably access the plain old top-tether anchors, which I use to secure my 2-year-old’s car seat. For persons with older, non-car-seat riding children who are exempt from such car-seat debacles (and whom I seriously envy right about now), I suspect the rear seat heaters and the rear auxiliary jack would make for splendidly good times.

Having just aired my major complaints with the Range Rover, let me get to the juicy stuff.

Despite all those grievances, I have a secret to confess: I have a crush on the Range Rover. I absolutely love its look and feel. The classic body style blends a certain ruggedness with understated aristocracy (Her Momship is resurfacing). Furthermore, I appreciate that the interior uses the right amount of metal-like accents to add to that mildly industrial look.

On a stretch of gravel out in the boonies, I catch myself driving way too fast, as the Range Rover seemingly glides over everything from potholes to rocks. Her Momship is on cloud nine, and the music she’s got pumping from the 14-speaker surround-sound system is definitely adding to the majestic moment. Additionally, some fluff I can’t help but be intrigued by is a body that lowers for easy entry, and steering-wheel heat. On a more rational and realistic note, I appreciate that the Range Rover is outfitted with nine airbags.

Although the Range Rover HSE is not the best vehicle choice for families with young children, it does have a certain seductive appeal. Infatuations do tend to make us blind to major annoyances, don’t they? I guess that would be called compromise. On second thought, Land Rover, why not just do parents a favor and rectify the seat belt/Latch situation in the back? After all, even royalty doesn’t preclude parenthood.

*For more information on the Range Rover and its safety features, visit Cars.com.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS

Latch Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 5

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair – Ample

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Fair – Great (ideal with two older kids; not with three little ones, due to difficulty reaching the seat belt receptacles)

Fun Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove On): Groove On

Specs

Base price: $76,535

Price as tested: $77,350

Engine: 305-hp, 4.4-liter V-8

Fuel: 14/19 mpg

Length: 195.7″

Width: 77.0″

Ground Clearance: 8.9″/11.2″

Turning Radius: 19.0′

Cargo space: 74.9 cu. ft.

NHTSA Crash-Test Ratings

Frontal Impact

Driver’s side: Not Rated

Passenger’s side: Not Rated

Side Impact

Front occupant: Not Rated

Rear occupant: Not Rated

Rollover resistance: Not Rated

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Just for me

It's a life lifestyle you know how to take care of car and this is the one for you and your family it's a great car everything I need .

4.9

My Fifth Rover

I love Range Rover supercharged because the ride and comfort lve owned a few Rovers the only problem over had with it was the air suspension find yourself a mechanic if not get a Good warranty other wise Man these trucks are super Nice make sure you check any recalls on your vehicle

4.7

Very reliable

Had this for several years. I put on 30K miles per year and it never failed me. I never got stuck anywhere. It just did what it was designed to do. I took it off-road several times. The Range Rover took everything in stride from dirt to snow to ice off-roading.

See all 24 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles

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