2004 Range Rover New Car Test Drive
The Range Rover is the ultimate luxury sport-utility. After all, what other vehicle truly competes with the Range Rover? The Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes with notable 4x4 capability, but a utilitarian cabin and manners. The Lexus LX 470 and Toyota Land Cruiser are dated products. The Range Rover delivers legendary off-road prowess, a beautiful cabin that will coddle you, and all the latest in safety features.
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.
Exemplary service is part of the Range Rover experience. Customers are typically highly satisfied with their Land Rover retailers who pride themselves with taking care of their customers. The Land Rover Centres act as off-road outfitters that carry accessories and apparel and organize outings. Land Rover's four-year/50,000 mile warranty includes roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance.
Changes to the Range Rover are minimal for 2004, and consist mainly of a new interior package and a super-exclusive Westminster limited-edition model, of which only about 300 will be built.
The 2004 Range Rover is available only as a single, fully equipped LSE model ($71,585), with the exception of the Westminster Limited Edition. The Range Rover is powered by BMW's 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 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. And those are only the highlights.
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. New for 2004 is the Luxury Interior Package ($5,000), which includes everything in the Heated Accessories Package, plus Contour seats with 14-way adjustment and memory for the driver; and additional leather on the seats, door pulls, grab handles, center console lid and upper dashboard.
The limited-edition Westminster package ($12,415) 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. Only 300 will be built.