2012 Land Rover Range Rover

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Posh cabin materials
  • Ride quality
  • Acceleration
  • Off-road capabilities
  • Commanding seating position

The Bad

  • High price
  • Old-school tailgate
  • Body roll when turning
  • Poorly executed backup camera

Notable Features of the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover

  • Seats five
  • Standard full-time 4WD with Terrain Response system
  • 375-hp or 510-hp V-8
  • Standard navigation system
  • Ultra-luxury Autobiography editions

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Road Test

Kelsey Mays

Over the years, SUVs have stood for a lot of things: glorified pickups, cul-de-sac fads, gas hogs. But the SUV that lorded over the rest — Land Rover's inimitable Range Rover — transcended the fracas with its own brand of damn-the-torpedoes capability. The 2012 model, which starts at $79,425 and approaches $200,000 in an impossibly decadent Autobiography Ultimate Edition, remains as transcendent as ever.

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover packs top-shelf refinement and utmost capability — and justifies its stratospheric price.

A five-seater, the Range Rover got a few styling tweaks for 2012; you can compare that model with the 2011 here. It comes in HSE and Supercharged trims, which you can compare here. A decked-out Autobiography Edition is available within the Supercharged line. Land Rover will mint fewer than 50 of a top-of-the-line $170,000 customized Autobiography Ultimate Edition — a distinct trim from the Autobiography Edition — for the U.S. market.

We tested a Range Rover HSE. Note that the Range Rover nameplate now appears on the Range Rover Sport and, as of this model year, the Range Rover Evoque, which ride different, smaller platforms. We cover them separately in Cars.com's Research section.

The Refinement
No longer the lumbering beast it used to be, the Range Rover launches with authority, cresting hills with a pleasing exhaust note and reserve power to spare. The standard six-speed automatic upshifts smoothly and kicks dow...

Over the years, SUVs have stood for a lot of things: glorified pickups, cul-de-sac fads, gas hogs. But the SUV that lorded over the rest — Land Rover's inimitable Range Rover — transcended the fracas with its own brand of damn-the-torpedoes capability. The 2012 model, which starts at $79,425 and approaches $200,000 in an impossibly decadent Autobiography Ultimate Edition, remains as transcendent as ever.

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover packs top-shelf refinement and utmost capability — and justifies its stratospheric price.

A five-seater, the Range Rover got a few styling tweaks for 2012; you can compare that model with the 2011 here. It comes in HSE and Supercharged trims, which you can compare here. A decked-out Autobiography Edition is available within the Supercharged line. Land Rover will mint fewer than 50 of a top-of-the-line $170,000 customized Autobiography Ultimate Edition — a distinct trim from the Autobiography Edition — for the U.S. market.

We tested a Range Rover HSE. Note that the Range Rover nameplate now appears on the Range Rover Sport and, as of this model year, the Range Rover Evoque, which ride different, smaller platforms. We cover them separately in Cars.com's Research section.

The Refinement
No longer the lumbering beast it used to be, the Range Rover launches with authority, cresting hills with a pleasing exhaust note and reserve power to spare. The standard six-speed automatic upshifts smoothly and kicks down swiftly. A Sport mode quickens the Rover even more, holding lower gears for a sense of urgency you probably won't need — but might enjoy — around town. My only complaint is a touch of accelerator lag when calling for sharp power from a stop. It's a common complaint in luxury cars, and Land Rover is nowhere near the worst offender.

Four adults and a weekend's worth of luggage reduced our tester's 5.0-liter V-8 to merely quick enough. Those who want effortless power with a full load can opt for a supercharged V-8, which is standard on all but the HSE. It packs 510 horsepower and launches the Rover to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, Land Rover says. The 375-hp HSE, by contrast, takes 7.2 seconds.

Unlike the smaller Range Rover Sport, whose ride quality is a little firm, the regular Range Rover rivals flagship luxury cars. Fitted with optional 20-inch wheels, P255/50R20 tires and an adaptive air suspension, our test car traveled pothole-riddled streets and undulating highways with excellent composure. You won't forget the potholes exist — as you might with Mercedes' Airmatic suspension — but their significance diminishes.

Nineteen-inch alloy wheels and higher-series tires are standard, as is an air suspension without adaptive shock absorbers. The Land Rover Range Rover's precipitous body roll limits your fun to straight-line acceleration, but the brakes haul you down fast: Our test car's antilock discs brought the 5,697-pound SUV to a halt with confident, linear pedal action. Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged models have larger discs. The Range Rover's well-assisted steering settles in on the highway, requiring few corrections to stay at 12 o'clock, and characteristic of cabins in this price range, you won't have to raise your voice to chat with backseat passengers at 80 mph.

The Capability
Off-road capabilities and Range Rovers go together like cigars and brandy, and our HSE lived up to its reputation. Land Rover's Terrain Response system optimizes the drivetrain and suspension for various selectable terrain scenarios: snow, rocks, sand and the like. You can also adjust the suspension to varying ride heights independently, including an off-road setting with 11.1 inches of ground clearance, and switch the four-wheel-drive's transfer case into a trail-crawling low range. Auto-locking center and rear differentials complete the ensemble.

Equipment alone doesn't equate to off-road capability — something we've observed in the Range Rover Sport — but the Land Rover Range Rover impressed. At first, a patch of mud had all four wheels slinging more dirt than a presidential-primary debate, with little progress to show for it. (Sort of like those debates.) With all-wheel drive in Low range and the suspension raised, the Range Rover needed a little rocking to extricate, but before long the differentials locked automatically and all four wheels rotated in unison. One corner found footing, the SUV clawed its way out, and I enjoyed a badass factor of 10 driving a mud-splattered Range Rover the rest of the day on-road.

The Inside
It's rare to find a luxury SUV with the cabin materials, floor to ceiling, of the priciest luxury sedans. The Range Rover meets this standard with rich leather seats, low-gloss finishes and plenty of real wood and metal. Higher trims swathe the doors in more cowhide, while the Autobiography Ultimate Edition gets its own custom leather and — yes, really — a yacht-style, teak-lined cargo floor. It ought to look familiar, as I suspect anyone who gets an Ultimate will drive it … to his yacht.

The Autobiography Edition's custom fittings also include unique wood and leather, power-adjustable rear captain's chairs and a center console with an aluminum laptop table and refrigerator. The rear entertainment system integrates two iPads as viewing screens.

Both the front and rear seats have high seating positions and good room, with decent driving visibility except for an undersized rearview mirror. The cargo area offers 35.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 74.2 cubic feet with the seats tumbled. The maximum volume compares favorably with the Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes G-Class, but less so with the Infiniti QX56 and the mammoth Cadillac Escalade.

Safety
Because of this model's low sales volume, crash-test scores and reliability data aren't available — though reliability data was on hand during our 
Land Rover Range Rover review several years back, and it stank. Standard safety features include head-protecting side airbags and, as is required of all new 2012 models in the U.S., antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Click here for a full list of standard safety features, or here to see our evaluation of child-seat provisions. Of note to parents with small children: The Range Rover's Latch anchors are among the most onerous we've ever tested. Click the photos at right for more details.

Safety related options include adaptive (swiveling) headlights with automatic high beams, a blind spot warning system and surround-view parking cameras. The backup camera disappoints, however; see the photos for more.

Range Rover in the Market
Part of the 
Land Rover Range Rover's iconic nature is that it's always had few direct competitors. Other flagship luxury SUVs have three rows, larger dimensions and, ultimately, lower price tags. The only true competitor, Mercedes' age-old G-Class, sold fewer than 1,200 last year — less than one-eighth of Range Rover sales. So the Range Rover is out by itself, sitting on turf few competitors have confronted. Damn the torpedoes indeed; this Land Rover has no equal.

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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Land Rover

Program Benefits

Rigorous 165-Point Inspection, Transferable Warranty, Roadside Assistance, No Deductible, Vehicle History Report, Trip Interruption Benefits

  • Limited Warranty

    Up to 7 Years / 100,000 miles

    Up to 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date (no deductible), whichever comes first
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 165 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Range Rover received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker