By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
About the video
Cars.com's Kelsey Mays walks you through the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover. It competes with the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
(upbeat music) Hi, I'm Kelsey Mayez from cars.com. The Range Rover from Land Rover is one of the most expensive SUV's that money can buy.
But the current design has been around since the 2003 model year competitors from Lexus Mercedes and even Cadillac had been redesigned more recently. So how does this Land Rover hold up? We're going to show you. Now the Range Rovers boxy styling has really become emblematic of all Land Rovers. One case in point is that the slightly smaller Range Rover Sport actually looks very similar from a passing glance. So if your neighbor has one, just remember his cost $20,000 less probably means his boat. Isn't as nice as yours too. Inside the surroundings are pretty rich. The dashboard is wrapped in leather and just about every surface is soft to the touch. Land Rovers terrain response system is standard, and it's a real cinch to use. You just turn this knob to whatever the conditions are, snow mud, or what have you. And it automatically adjust the chassis and suspension to suit the situation. What's not so easy are some of these controls, the climate dials and the dials for the heated and cooled seats look exactly the same. So it can be hard to pick out what you need on the fly. The backup cameras mounted on top of the rear window. So it doesn't show you where your bumper is when you're going in reverse. That's pretty annoying. Navigation systems, a little bit better. The graphics are okay. And the touch screens easy to use. What's really cool is the automated voice. It's a British man. He sounds kind of like a nasally Patrick Stewart. (Automated Voice) Please proceed to the highlighted route. (Automated Voice) Then the route guidance will start. I feel like he's going to say warp six, engage. Now, you won't go warped six with the Range Rover's engine. It's a 305 horsepower V8, but it's saddled with a lot of weight to carry. So ultimately this car doesn't feel as fast as a Mercedes GL, 550 or a Cadillac Escalate. And there's an optional 400 horsepower supercharged, V8. I haven't driven it, but other Cars.com editors tell me it's significantly quicker. So maybe then you're looking at, you know, like warp three. And most competitors have a third row seat. The Range Rover doesn't with the second row folded down and tumbled forward. Total cargo volume is a little bit less than some of the competition. One other issue we have is the lift gate opens here, but there's also a tailgate that swings down like this. This extension means that shorter drivers might have to reach in a little bit more to get their luggage. The Range Rover is definitely a solid luxury SUV. It looks more subdued than others in his class, but its cabin is still near the top of the game that said most competitors offer more contemporary features and some start at a much lower price. So if you're not hanging your hat on the Range Rover name, there may be a better choice elsewhere. For additional information on this car or any other go to Cars.com and our blog Kicking Tires.