2008 Land Rover Range Rover Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover was new.
Our analysis shows the interior of the Range Rover is comfortable and luxurious, with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. Road and Track calls it an "exquisitely appointed interior, which has no rival in elegance."
Kelley Blue Book declares, "The Range Rover's lovely dash is a work of automotive art." Adding to the praise, the calls the Range Rover interior the "creme de la creme of SUV interiors." Finally, Motor Week chimes in, admiring "all the usual top-end Range Rover comforts." For 2008, the Range Rover gets a few minor interior tweaks.
The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover offers seating for five, and reviewers for the most part agreed that all seating positions are comfortable. CNET says they were "struck by the comfort and support provided by the seats, which struck the balance between being sufficiently padded for everyday comfort and providing the requisite firmness when jouncing over steep ridges." The also notes "the seats in the five-passenger Range Rover were comfortable and supportive, even for the nine-hour drive to Sacramento", adding that the "seat heaters were also quite toasty, unlike those of some other luxury vehicles, which are ineffectual at best." New Car Test Drive went further and observes "the exquisite Connolly leather pampers your posterior like nothing else in the automobile universe. If you can't get comfortable in one of these, you're not going to get comfortable in any vehicle."
The Range Rover's large interior means that passenger comfort extends from the front to the rear seats. Road and Track says there's "enough head room in front and back to please even our long-torsoed Engineering Editor, with similarly generous leg room." The reviewer continues, "What's more, it's not unreasonable to have adults ride three abreast on the Range Rover's wide back seat." Edmunds adds that "both front and rear passengers will find the accommodations supportive and roomy. In a rare dissenting voice, the Orlando Sentinel observed that the rear seat was "a bit crowded" with three adults. Rear-seaters get their own climate controls and power-adjustable headrests."
Perhaps Thesums up the majority view on the seating, saying "One of the first things you notice about this vehicle is the firmness and contour of the seats, which provide exceptional comfort to drivers and passengers of all sizes."
The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover comes with a long list of standard features to match its meaty price tag. Satellite navigation is standard, as is a Sirius Satellite Radio receiver (a Sirius subscription requires a monthly fee). Also included on all models are: an auxiliary audio jack for MP3 players, an automatic, triple-zone climate control package, heated seats and heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, and a rear-view backup camera. For 2008, the Range Rover gets minor interior upgrades. According to Cars.com, these include a ribbed design for the doorsill plates, a storage slot for the rear seat entertainment system's remote control, and a newly-standard leather dash cover.
Interior upgrades in the 2008 Range Rover Supercharged include higher-quality oxford leather on seating and door surfaces, as well as an upgrade from American Cherry wood accents to Grand Blackwood accents. The Supercharged Range Rover also comes with auto-dimming mirrors and (noteworthy) cooled, as well as heated, seats.
Stereo and Entertainment
The sound system in the Range Rover is a powerful 710-watt, 14-speaker Harman/Kardon® LOGIC 7 audio system. On balance, reviewers were quite pleased with the fidelity and ease of use of the system. However, CNET raised a small issue, recalling, "We knew from the spec sheet that it comes equipped with a six-disc changer as standard, but from the cabin, there is no sign of where the discs go." In fact, the magazine for the CDs is in the glove compartment, which makes it difficult for the driver to access and change CDs while the Range Rover is moving.
An optional DVD system is available, with top-of-the-line equipment and video screens in the headrests of the front seats. However, as with the CD changer, CNET again found determining where to load the DVDs to be a problem. They report that the DVD magazine "sits, inconveniently, hidden away behind a panel in the cargo area of the car, making it very difficult to change movies while on the go." The review then adds, "This placement is mitigated only by the fact that it's a six-DVD changer, so enough movies can be loaded to offer adequate selection between stops."
The Range Rover is equipped with one of the more innovative navigation systems in its class. The off-road function of the navigation system is completely in character with the off-road soul of the vehicle, allowing you to plot your route using co-ordinates when no maps exist.
Cargo space in the 2008 Range Rover is 74 cubic feet, somewhat less than other vehicles in its class. The Range Rover also lacks a third-row seat, making it a poor choice for larger families. Still, with a 60/40 folding rear seat, the cargo and seating space that's available should be more than enough for most buyers. AutoMedia.com not only thinks that the Range Rover Offers enough cargo space, but also likes how easy the space is to access. "Carrying a lot of gear is no problem. The Range Rover's tailgate is divided horizontally with a shorter-than-traditional bottom half to ease loading and unloading." The reviewer then notes that the "bench-like lower half was designed to support the weight of two adults, making this a perfect vehicle for tailgate parties."