2012 Land Rover Range Rover Review
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover is a fantastic mixof an off-roader, opulent limousine and sport SUV.
At face value, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover sounds like a completely unnecessary vehicle. Who needs to take their luxury SUV off-road? Who wants burl walnut wood trim and full-leather upholstery in a beefy off-roader that’s going to get muddy? No matter the answer to these questions, the niche for luxurious but boulder-crushing SUVs exists, and test drivers report that the Land Rover Range Rover is one of the best vehicles in it.
While rivals like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class can’t combine their off-road brawn with on-road manners, the Range Rover includes the best of both worlds. Reviewers note that it’s basically unstoppable off the beaten path, and it has nearly sport-sedan performance on paved streets.
Even better, the Range Rover’s interior doesn’t make any sacrifices either. It’s high-quality and comfortable, it's a bit smaller than some of its luxury large SUV rivals, according to test drivers. Plus, its electronics are far easier to use than those from rival brands like BMW.
Automotive writers are quick to admit that the idea of a super-powerful, great-handling, mountain-climbing SUV is entirely contradictory. But if you have the inclination and the budget for one of these beasts, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover is a great option.
Other SUVs to Consider
The Land Rover Range Rover has a similar military lineage to the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and the two have equally impressive off-road capabilities. The base Range Rover costs $25,000 less than the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, but if you’re planning on adding any options to your Range Rover or upgrading to any of the higher trims, their prices end up being fairly competitive. The Range Rover offers far more comfortable interior accommodations and higher-tech features, and far better performance on paved roads, but the Mercedes’ unusual, iconic looks and even more exclusive cachet may be worth sacrifices in interior space and on-road handling.
For a similarly hardcore off-road SUV that’s a bit less expensive, try the Toyota Land Cruiser or the Lexus LX. They’re basically the same vehicle, though the Lexus comes with a luxury badge. The LX stars at about the same prices as the base Range Rover HSE, but the Toyota Land Cruiser will save you about $10,000, and you’ll still get lots of luxury-style features like standard leather seats, four-zone automatic climate control and front and rear parking sensors.
Details: Land Rover Range Rover
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover is available in four trims: base HSE, HSE Lux, Supercharged and Autobiography. The Range Rover doesn’t see any significant changes for the 2012 model year.
See the full list of 2012 Land Rover Range Rover specifications.
- "Range Rover stands out among premium SUVs for its balance of on-road manners, off-road ability, and high-class accommodations. The Supercharged model brings even more power to the table, but at a hefty price premium. There are less-expensive alternatives that offer similar performance and better fuel economy, but for Range Rover's well-heeled shoppers, little else will do.” -- Consumer Guide
- “(The Range Rover Supercharged) is by no means tardy, and comes packing an English manor full of enviable off-road lineage and character as standard-fit. … If those qualities matter more to you than owning the quickest premium sport-ute, then this $103,000 SUV still makes a degree of sense. However, when it comes to talking about triple-digit SUVs, 'sense' probably never enters into the minds of would-be customers. But when one can afford to view life from a Range Rover's regal perch, they can also afford not to care – and that may be the greatest luxury of all.” -- Autoblog
- “Perhaps no other vehicle bridges the sizable gap between uptown luxury and outbound muscle quite like the … Land Rover Range Rover. Its bones still recall the same rock-ready mountain goat that debuted more than 40 years ago, but inside and out, it bears the hallmarks of English ambition and taste for life's finer pleasures.” -- Edmunds