The previous generation of the Range Rover has turned the model into a machine that provides limo comfort at height. The new model brings all sorts of technological advances on the table, so it promises to score better.
The interior space now comes in even greater abundance, with the rear passengers benefiting most from the increase - the legroom is vastly improved and the headroom is also more generous. In addition, the entry/exit is facilitated by the lower access height of the air suspension, as well as by the larger doors.
As you are installed in your armchair, you notice the Stonehenge-sized hood and the Range Rover feeling - floating above all else - installs. We could ask for softer headrest and more modern armrests though. As for the rear seating, you can order an Executive Class pack - this brings individual reclining rear seats with memory and massage, also offering a superior range of veneers.
The soundproofing is excellent: there is a bit of wind noise from the massive mirrors, but the only thing that truly manages to enter the cabin is a mannered V8 soundtrack that appears at generous throttle applications.
Of course, you only need to push the pedal in this way if you're looking for absurd speeds. For normal driving, the Range Rover Supercharger's throttle can be handled with touches so delicate that they're barely noticeable.
The audio calibration perfectly expresses the nature of the car - the 510 horses are allowed to slightly bring their presence inside the cabin, while the exhaust is completely muted.
The Range Rover Supercharged now uses an eight-speed gearbox, which, among others, brings an extra touch of refinement though its closer ratios.
Literally above all, sits a panoramic sunroof that prides itself with the title of the largest ever fitted to a Range Rover. Together with the generous glasshouse, this brings an explosion of light inside the car. One interesting detail is the fact that the textile inner layer of the roof seems to be extremely vulnerable to wear and tear.
There are a few problems of the previous generation that are still present, such as the cover for the luggage compartment. This is just as difficult to fold or handle as it was in the old Range Rover.
But these elements can be overlooked by many owners. Alas, the Range Rover has an Achilles' heel that can't. You can take this in the literal sense, as we're referring to the suspension here.
The Range Rover uses a reworked version of the replaced model's suspension, which mixes air springs with adaptive dampers. Engineers brag that this has been recalibrated for working with a monocoque chassis, but there is one big issue: whenever you reach a more serious obstacle, the ride becomes crashy.
The entire structure is briefly but firmly shaken and since the problem follows you wherever you go, on and off the road, this takes serious points of the Range Rover's otherwise excellent comfort score.Continue reading