So we got a 2010 Range Rover Supercharged

So we got a 2010 Range Rover Supercharged


The updated Range Rover was launched sometime in the second half of last year, complete with new engines, a new interior and, externally, a new grille. We finally got a 2010 Supercharged for a road test, although ironically, not before the 2011 model has already been announced, with further changes. We also had to sign a contract saying we cannot take it off-road. So we didn’t.

The Range Rover continues to be a handsome truck, even if we believe the best version of this generation was the clean 2003 debut design. The redesigned grille yet again seems a bit desperate, seemingly being facelifted every few years to keep it fresh. By the way, that’s gravel in the photos. That’s about as far as we went off the road.

The rest of this stylishly-boxy truck remains the same, except for a few more LED elements in the tail lamps to further differentiate it from your neighbour’s 2003 Range Rover. Whoever penned the perfect 2003 design, under BMW or Ford or whoever, has made it extremely difficult for the Tata-owned firm’s current designers to better.

The interior is a complete redesign versus the older models, and while stylistically simpler, there seems to be better trim materials in use. Every cream-coloured inch of the new dash is covered in soft-touch materials, all the way down to the footwells. The touchscreen is easy enough to reach, but a bit complicated to get around on-screen. And the newest bit of tech is the replacement of traditional gauges with a huge LCD screen that shows moving computer images of gauges instead. We are still out on whether we liked it or not. The big gear lever has already been replaced for 2011 by a Jaguar-designed rotary gear-selection knob.

The front seats are big, fully power-adjustable and come with individual central armrests and ass-fans. The leather colours are likely customisable when ordering. The high-mounted seats, together with a faintly-visible “grill” of lines on the front glass due to windshield heater elements, give the feeling of driving a prison van.

The rear seats are spacious, come with a/c controls, and the centre section can fold down to reveal cup-holders. The seats also fold down, though they do not form a flat load floor. And stepping on is a bit tough when the Range is at regular height; you have to remember to press a button to lower the air suspension, as far as we could tell.

The cargo compartment is very big. It is accessed through a split two-piece tailgate that is heavy to handle and not powered-operated. We also couldn’t figure out how to remove that light-coloured plastic cover over the cargo area without breaking it. And we couldn’t unlock the rear with the remote sometimes and had to do it by pressing a button on the dash.

The Range Rover used to be the benchmark for us among all luxury SUVs, but it is a bit harder to discern its advantages over competition from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, especially when you take the off-road capability out of the equation. While the 2006 model we tested years ago was excruciatingly impressive, this new one feels a bit less special, except for that ridiculous 510 hp engine with which we got a 0-100 kph time that matched our earlier BMW X5 M tester. But more on that later.

We happened to also have a two-year-old Hyundai Genesis with us at the same time as the “new” Range Rover, and since we were largely limited to on-road driving, we figured it’d be fair to compare the Indo-British stalwart to an upstart Korean luxury car that claims to match the best in the industry. So we did. More in upcoming articles.

What do you think?

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Comments

  1. Dear Mashfique,

    I have a suggestion that is unprecedented in other cars’ websites, I tried hard on the web searching for sites that gives revs at soecific speed, this figure is very important for many people including me, I live in ajman and work in Jabal ali, I drive around 150-170 kms, and now after the crisis, many people are now living in dubai and working in abu dhabi, having [email protected] speed (120km\h) for example, will give us a nice idea about how quiet the car is on highways and how is its fuel economy. I bought nissan altima 2007 a while ago, and I was surprised that it has 4 speed trans, I thought it has 5 speed but i found that only the V6 gets it, the new one with the cvt, is equavelent of 6 speed. my car drives nearly with 3000 revs at 120 km, while the new one is a bit over 2000 and so on, so you can add these figures to your buyer guide or start adding them from now on to the cars you test besides hourspower and torque and other figures.

    thank you

  2. ^.. nice.. I agree a lot, we need to make this site more usefull…

  3. Author

    ^That data is not available for every car, or any car for that matter. The best I can do is mention it in the review when I actually drive a car. I have actually mentioned it in a few of my reviews, when the engine noise was really obvious. As you said, it is only an issue in cars with small engines and less gears, like Civics and Logans. Most decently-powerful cars cruise peacefully at 120 kph.

  4. is the touch screen the dual view ??

  5. Author

    ^who knows. I didn’t play a DVD while driving.

  6. Yes…..I tooo spport the suggestion from samer…..it will be a much usefull info.

  7. Lovely Interior, Id imagine the one with the wooden trim.. But that exterior facelift is quite unconvincing..

  8. It doesn’t look too bad but what mash said is true. The 2003 design is very difficult to make improvements on.

  9. ^ and what is your occupation?… (car designer?), I think not.. so who are you to comment about car designing and improvemets…

  10. You guys where complaining about new Prado centre console. Now what is this, looks like someone has fit a JVC Mini Hi Fi system their from Carefoure…

  11. @samer

    there are only few quiet (below 100k) saloons in the market

    – Toyota camry
    – altima
    – Avalon
    – aurion
    – Chevy malibu
    – hyuandai sonata

    most noisy i.e interms of cabin quietness

    mazda 6 + 3
    Honda accord + civic
    Mitsubishi pajero
    audi

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