2005 Range Rover New Car Test Drive
The 2005 Range Rover remains the ultimate personal-luxury, multiple-use sport-utility. This top-of-the-line Land Rover offers authentic all-terrain capability combined with a beautiful European-flavor cabin and the latest in safety features. Driving it just makes you feel good. It's smooth and poised on the road and makes its occupants feel classy and sophisticated. It's one of the best luxury vehicles available, counting cars. Land Rover doesn't sell vast quantities of them, ensuring the Range Rover remains an exclusive vehicle, and further adding to its class and panache.
The Range Rover was completely redesigned for 2003, only the third time that Land Rover has returned to a clean sheet of paper since the first Range Rover debuted in 1970. Compared to earlier Range Rovers, the current model is quicker and more agile. Yet it retains its Land Rover pedigree for traversing the backcountry, featuring the latest in off-road technology and luxury appointments.
BMW was heavily involved in the design and engineering of the current model, and its expertise is clearly evident. BMW owned Land Rover briefly, and helped develop the current Range Rover, then sold Land Rover to Ford. Land Rover is now part of Ford's Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America division headquartered in Irvine, California. The Range Rover continues to use BMW engines.
Exemplary service is part of the Range Rover experience. Surveys indicate customers are highly satisfied with their Land Rover retailers who pride themselves with taking care of their customers, and anecdotal evidence backs that up. The Land Rover Centres go beyond those of the typical car dealership, acting as off-road outfitters. They carry accessories and apparel and organize outings. Land Rover's four-year/50,000 mile warranty includes roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance.
The Range Rover is powered by a 282-horsepower, 4.4-liter V8 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. It features a permanent four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and Torsen center differential, all-terrain traction and stability control, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS.
Standard amenities on the Range Rover HSE ($73,750) include three-zone climate control, a 10-way power driver's seat, GPS navigation, and a Harman/Kardon digital surround-sound system with six-disc CD changer and a hidden cassette player. Nine exterior colors are available to choose from including the new Tonga Green.
Options are limited. The Heated Accessories Package ($1300) includes dual-level heated front and rear seats; a heated, multi-function, leather-wrapped steering wheel; and an integrated ski bag. The Luxury Interior Package ($5,000) includes everything in the Heated Accessories Package, plus Contour seats with 16-way adjustment and memory for the driver. The package also includes upgraded leather on the seats, dashboard door pulls, center console lid, and luggage net. Seven-spoke, 20-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare are available on the HSE ($4000).
The limited-edition Westminster ($86,000) includes everything in the Luxury Interior package, plus Rain Sensor automatic windshield wipers, unique Java Black pearlescent paint, a Jet Black interior with Ivory accents, and 20-inch bright-finish aluminum wheels shod with 255/50 V-rated all-terrain tires. About 300 will be built.
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