2013 Land Rover Range Rover Performance
For its 2013 redesign, the Land Rover Range Rover lost weight, and reviewers agree that the change makes the luxury large SUV feel faster and more agile through turns. Critics are impressed that even with all of its off-road capabilities, the Range Rover performs very well on paved roads as well. Given its broad range of performance abilities, the Range Rover earns an excellent performance score.
- "This was where the Range Rover's weight loss was most evident, and where the Range Rover instantly transformed itself from off-roader to sport sedan, demonstrating a level of surefootedness, body control, steering precision, and brake pedal response that are a new frontier for the brand." -- Automobile Magazine
- "So you do that a few times and then calm down, and start to notice other benefits of that lighter, stiffer unibody, such as the quick, alert steering or the astonishing air-sprung ride quality, which manages to be both connected and isolated at once." -- Car and Driver
- "The 2013 Range Rover is one of the few vehicles that, on road or off, does not compromise. A luxurious, completely composed ride is had whether you're hurtling down a highway or crawling up a cliff." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "I got to sample the Range Rover in both on-road and off-road, and it did remarkably well regardless of what was thrown at it." -- Jalopnik
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Range Rover is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. Supercharged and Autobiography trims come with a supercharged version of the 5.0-liter V8, with 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with either engine. According to the EPA, the base Range Rover earns a fuel economy rating of 14/20 mpg city/highway, while variants with the supercharged V8 achieve 13/19 mpg. These ratings are slightly low for the class, but many luxury large SUV rivals come standard with smaller, more fuel-efficient base engines.
Critics are pleased with the Range Rover’s engines, which carry over from the previous model, saying they provide very quick acceleration and always seem to have plenty of power. One reviewer notes that the lower weight of the redesigned model also helps the SUV accelerate quicker than the outgoing model. The eight-speed transmission also earns praise for its quick shifts.
- "The new Rangie continues to use the same pair of V8s as the outgoing model, but the weight loss means acceleration is noticeably improved." -- Left Lane News
- "Both the base normally aspirated V-8 and the supercharged V-8 team with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission listens well, performing part-throttle kickdowns immediately. It also responds quickly when you floor the gas pedal, dropping a few gears before the SUV lunges forward and sends the front of the hood skyward as it squats on its rear wheels." -- Cars.com
- "Its silhouette may have the blocky contours of a foundation stone, but this Range Rover is an almost savagely fast machine, an indelicate right foot producing surges of startling urge and a civilized V8 roar that encourages more than a mere dipping of your big toe." -- Edmunds
- "It's still not exactly light at 5250 pounds, but the immediacy and near violence of the reaction is extraordinary, the car throwing its nose up like a small jet and just exploding down the road like a sports sedan (the engine, after all, is shared with Jaguar)." -- Car and Driver
Handling and Braking
Reviewers are pleased that the Range Rover is nearly as pleasing to drive on-road as it is off. One test driver says that the 2013 model’s weight reduction over the previous model helps it feel much more agile through corners. Another says that the steering is responsive, but doesn’t provide much in the way of road feedback. One reviewer also offers enthusiastic praise for the brakes.
- "The weight loss, the fresh suspension geometry, an electronic antisway system and the agility-sharpening electronic differential has this four-wheel-drive SUV settling itself into fast corners with the aplomb of a car half its height." -- Edmunds
- "The electric power steering feels linear and quick to respond, but provides little feel or feedback." -- Motor Trend
- "On the proving grounds' high-speed circuit, as one might expect, the new Range Rover felt distinctly less ponderous and quite a bit more spirited and direct in handling." -- The Wall Street Journal
- "Land Rover nailed the brakes on the new car. Simply put, they're awesome. The Range Rover uses six-pot Brembo brakes with big ol' 15-inch rotors, and pedal travel and feel are excellent." -- Jalopnik
The Range Rover comes with full-time four-wheel drive and Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which offers different drive modes to maximize traction depending on the terrain. It also comes with hill descent control, which makes it easier to go down steep grades off road. Upper trims get Terrain Response 2, which automatically detects which mode is best for the conditions and switches accordingly, without driver input.
Reviewers offer nothing but praise for the Range Rover’s off-road capability. They said there is no off-roading task the Range Rover can’t easily handle. One mentions that the fully-automatic Terrain Response system works very well.
- "What was really noteworthy was not only how utterly unfazed the Range Rover was at any off-roading challenge it encountered, but also by how little its occupants were jostled or tossed about in their aniline leather thrones." -- Automobile Magazine
- "We drove the Range Rover on sand, over rocks and through mini rivers that were roads before the rains came-the SUV never missed a beat. That didn't surprise us." -- AutoWeek
- "It will go farther than your nerve will take it, and the classic Range Rover chasm between the calm luxury of the cabin and the absurd, mountain-goat abilities of the chassis seems wider than ever." -- Car and Driver
- "Land Rover's Terrain Response System - which adjusts the suspension to suit grass/gravel/snow, mud and ruts, sand, rock-crawling and general road surfaces - is now fully automatic. It's all the more effective, too, thanks to the suspension's extended axle articulation, low-range gearing, locking center differential and, on supercharged versions, an intelligent electronic rear differential that not only helps it out of muddy gloop but through high-speed corners as well." -- Edmunds