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Avg. Price Paid: $40,569 - $51,899
Original MSRP: $78,425 - $94,275
MPG: 12 City / 18 Hwy
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2010 Land Rover Range Rover Performance

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Reviewers say that, when it comes to performance, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover can pretty much do it all. Buyers can choose between two V8 engines, both of which move the big SUV with authority (and the turbocharged engine gives the Range Rover acceleration that rivals some sports cars). On-road handling is sedan-smooth, and off-road, reviewers say there are few SUVs that can touch the Range Rover, no matter the terrain.

  • "In addition to being able to travel the autobahn at speeds up to 140 mph, the Range Rover is quite happy chugging along off-road. The trails we tackled outside Barcelona were quite impressive and the overall experience was rather relaxing and confidence inspiring." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Range Rover is a mountain goat off-road, and car-like on the road." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2010 Range Rover is, basically, a limousine that can climb a tree." -- Los Angeles Times

Acceleration and Power

For 2010, the Range Rover got two new engines, and reviewers are pleased with the upgrades. Standard on HSE models is a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 that makes 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. Supercharged models get a 5.0 liter turbocharged V8 that makes an astounding 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode. Reviewers say that both engines should please drivers, but those who want sports car-like launches should opt for the Supercharged.

Chances are, if you can afford a Range Rover you aren't too worried about being able to gas it up. Both HSE and Supercharged models have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 12/18 mpg city/highway. While that's not great fuel economy, in a class of large, thirsty SUVs, it's also not horrendous.

  • "Normally aspirated vehicles are nearly as fast as the outgoing supercharged models and the new supercharged engine is almost frighteningly quick." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Though heavyweights, HSE versions have ample power for daily driving. Land Rover quotes 7.2 seconds 0-60 mph for HSE. Supercharged models are impressively stronger, and Land Rover's claim of 5.9 seconds 0-60 mph feels right. The transmission is smooth and the progressive throttle makes it easy to match power delivery to demand." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On road, the base HSE model moves out with nearly the same authority as the outgoing supercharged one did." -- Motor Trend
  • "New engines give some much needed verve to the Range Rover." -- Car and Driver
  • "Power from the new V8s is immediately noticeable, with the Supercharged model's acceleration rivaling that of many sports cars." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

Most off-road oriented SUVs suffer from sub-par on-road ride, handling and braking. That's not true of the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover. Reviewers say the SUV is composed and smooth around town and on the highway, with handling that's impressive for an SUV of this size.

  • "The Range Rover feels less like a truck and more like a four-stack ocean liner, all deep hull and mighty propellers churning in an ocean of endorphins. Less terrestrial than maritime, all gliding, frictionless serenity and near-silence, betraying no trace of the furious coal-shoveling going on below decks." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "This vitamin H injection conspires with the uncannily flat cornering attitude and the bigger and more powerful brakes (the fronts feature four-piston calipers on the HSE, six-piston Brembos on the S/C), to make these trucks feel vastly lighter and more nimble than their nearly three tons would have you to believe." -- Motor Trend
  • "Driven in the civilized world, the quiet cabin and smooth ride give the Range Rover a luxury sedanlike demeanor, albeit with an elevated view. Even though this vehicle tips the scales at nearly 3 tons, it still manages to feel stable with a good amount of steering feel." -- Edmunds
  • "There is good grip, and the small-for-its-class turning circle is a boon for close-quarters driving. Stopping performance is impressive for a big SUV." -- Consumer Guide

Off-Roading

Though many reviewers doubt that owners will take full-advantage of the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover's off-roading capabilities, they agree that few SUVs can match the Range Rover's off-road prowess. Those SUVs that can keep pace tend to be other Land Rovers.

The Range Rover comes with a number of high-tech and sophisticated systems that make tacking the most rugged trails almost effortless. A terrain response system is standard. With the system, drivers simply press a button to tell the Range Rover what kind of terrain it's on (mud, sand, ice, rocks, etc.) and the Range Rover automatically adjusts its responses for optimum performance. Another handy off-road feature is the Range Rover's Hill Descent Control system.  Set the system, and the Range Rover will control its own speed down steep inclines, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering the best path. Finally, a handy option for serious off-roaders is the surround camera system, which gives drivers a 360-degree view of the area around the Range Rover. The system is extremely helpful when choosing the best path, and makes having a trail spotter almost unnecessary.

  • "If you let the vehicle's Terrain Response System do its job, rather spectacular obstacles can be traversed while you sip a latte or discuss your most recent investments." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Taken off-road, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover is even more impressive. Not by the mere fact that it can blaze a trail though the untamed wild, but the ease in which it accomplishes this feat. Taking time to read the manual pays handsomely, since climbing or descending a seemingly insurmountable summit is nearly effortless if the vehicle is correctly configured." -- Edmunds
  • "A massive, beefy frame, agricultural axles, heavy-duty air suspension and wheels, mighty engines bristling with oil coolers, external oil sumps and waterproofed belt-drives, starters, air conditioning compressors, alternators -- all of this is what you need if you want to be the greatest off-road vehicle on the planet, which the Range Rover indisputably is." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "Five cameras allow the driver to view the ground immediately in front, in back, and on either side of the vehicle to help place the tires precisely on the trail… "But the real fun starts when you train all those cameras on a rocky trail and set the electrons to whirling among their myriad ECUs with the singular goal of making this luxury liner traverse gnarly obstacles and scale impossible grades as though it were being borne sedan-chair-like on the shoulders of Mt. Everest sherpas." -- Motor Trend

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