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1997 Land Rover Range Rover

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1997 Land Rover Range Rover Review

Stylish and capable with a scary price tag.

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Overview

The 1997 Land Rover Range Rover provides a luxury, four-wheel-drive SUV manufactured by Land Rover. The British automaker launched this nameplate in 1970. The car provides a larger model of the iconic Land Rover Series, and the vehicle’s conception traces back to 1951.

The first prototype of the Range Rover released in 1967, showcasing, for the first time, some of the classic design styling cues typical of all future Range Rovers. Creators finalized the design only two years later in 1969.

The Range

Body Styles: five-door SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover Range Rover 4.0 SE, Land Rover Range Rover 4.6 SE

What's New

The 1997 Land Rover Range Rover has undergone only minor changes from its previous model year. These minor changes include the addition of three new exterior colors for the 4.6 SE. This particular model also gets a new interior color and a leather shift-handler.

Exterior

The 1997 Land Rover Range Rover sits on a wheelbase of 108.1 inches and has a total length of 185.5 inches. It measures 74.4 inches wide and 71.6 inches tall, making it slightly bigger than the Discovery.

Interior

The Range Rover offers abundant space for five passengers. Legroom and headroom reach a comfortable level for all occupants, and the seats themselves come richly padded for optimum comfort.

The dashboard uses a nice design, with all the controls laid out in a simple and easily accessible manner. However, the power window controls sit awkwardly on the center console. Moreover, some of the controls on the dash seem hard to reach for the driver while operating the vehicle.

The rear seat of the 1997 Land Rover Range Rover seems especially large, but the high step-up to the interior of the vehicle makes entry and exit a problem. On a positive note, the cargo space is expansive, and the cabin comes fitted with a number of cup holders and storage bins.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Range Rover contains a four-liter V-8 engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque or a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers 225 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission remains a four-speed automatic.

Although the 1997 Land Rover Range Rover does not offer as much agility as other domestic SUVs, it performs well on-road, which remains rare for a Land Rover. The ride quality of the vehicle feels amazingly smooth, and it feels rock solid even on the roughest roads.

The four-liter engine stays smooth and quiet even when throttled hard. However, it does feel a little lethargic in the Normal shift mode and only picks up performance with the Sport mode. The 4.6-liter V-8 engine offers better acceleration, but at the cost of the little fuel economy the four-liter engine provides.

Safety

The 1997 Land Rover Range Rover includes dual airbags for both the driver and passenger, along with all-disc, all-terrain anti-lock brakes and electronic traction control. However, crash test results remain unavailable for the vehicle at present.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover Range Rover, 4.6-liter V-8: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful 4.6-liter engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Standard anti-lock brakes
  • Spacious interior
  • Lots of cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Confusing control layout
  • High price tag
  • Difficult entry and exit

Sum Up

Stylish and capable with a scary price tag.

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