The 2011 model you see here is a facelift (the second one in the model's life) for the third generation of the Range Rover, which was introduced back in 2002. The Euro NCAP hasn't tested the car since then, but none of the facelift brought important structural changes, with the only major change for this chapter being the introduction of a knee airbag.
It's not easy to describe the safety rating of the 2002 Range Rover ,as the Euro NCAP had different tests back then, but we'll give it a go. The vehicle received a four-star rating, with the only problems being posed by the hard structures in the interior, which could cause damage to the driver and the passenger's knees in a frontal impact. However, like we said the carmaker introduced a standard knee airbag.
As for the side impact, the vehicle was among the best tested by the safety body at the time. The overall conclusion: the vehicle makes good use of its massive body to protect its passengers. However, the same massive body acts as a weapon of public execution if the car meets a pedestrian. The vehicle was only offered one out of four stars for this test.
The Range Rover is like an instrument built to protect you from everything that goes on below the floor and this can be both good and bad. You have to appreciate that the car places no strain whatsoever on the driver, allowing him to concentrate on the road and comes with decent handling and braking, but on the other hand, the sheer mass and lack of feedback can generate dangerous situations in which the driver doesn't even realize that there's a risk.Continue reading