The 2002 Land Rover Range Rover is the premiere European made rough house off-road sport utility vehicle for the jet set. Pricey and luxurious, capable of handling the rough terrains one could access from the European continent, and brandishing a brand name that is known most everywhere, it is the Land Rover to have in many people’s eyes. It is a nice vehicle but it’s expensive, lacks the handling of some of the refined competition and it doesn’t quite match up to the Lexus LX470. When compared, it's a tie when it comes to off-roading and cabin luxury, but the LX470 has better road manners, giving it the edge.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Models: Land Rover Range Rover HSE, Land Rover Range Rover SE
The 2002 Land Rover Range Rover gets the addition of a Westminster special edition. No other changes are planned since the next model year will see a complete revision of the design.
The 2002 Land Rover Range Rover big, rough and ready SUV is available in two trims, the HSE and SE. It offers standard gear like engine oil cooler, stainless steel exhaust, electronic transfer case shift, driver-controlled ride control, full-size alloy spare wheel, reverse tilt dual mirrors provides curb view when vehicle in reverse, power door mirrors, heated door mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, intermittent wipers, rear intermittent wipers, rear defogger, power glass sunroof, trailer hitch, and trailer wiring.
The 2002 Land Rover Range Rover is pure luxury as one would expect for a pricey SUV with a reputation. Standard fare includes leather upholstery, 10-way powered and heated front seats with adjustable lumbar support, remote power door locks, one touch power windows, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, audio and cruise controls mounted on steering wheel, power steering, interior air filtration, dual zone climate controls, leather and wood trim on dash, doors and center console, leather trim on steering wheel and shift knob, memory settings, and CD-based display with voice directions navigation system. The SE has a 300-watt Alpine unit with 12 speakers and a six-CD changer, while the HSE uses a 460-watt six-speaker system. The interior is spacious for passengers, but the cargo space is a surprisingly limited 58 cubic feet. While there is everything in the way of comfort, luxury and convenience, the ergonomics are a bit peculiar and may aggravate some buyers.
Performance & Handling
The only available powertrain for the 2002 Land Rover Range Rover employs a 4.6-liter V-8 engine producing 222 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The Rover's V-8 hooks up to an electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission with the patented H-gate gearshift for transfer-case range changes. Normal and Sport modes can be selected in the high range, and the low range offers Normal and Manual, a feature that is particularly useful when descending steep grades. Its signature permanent four-wheel drive is used. Premium fuel is a requirement. Acceleration still only manages to be adequate despite the smooth operation of electronically-controlled gearbox. It has a towing capacity of 6500 pounds on the highway or 7700 pounds in low range.
The 2002 Land Rover Range Rover's handling is marked by a solid grip and stability, but there is hard cornering and body lean to contend with due to the vehicle’s dimensions and the off-road ready suspension. The braking is above average but not outstanding. The ride is not helped by the excessive damping and the short wheelbase adds to roughness. There is excessive wind noise at highway speeds and the engine can be quite noticeable during aggressive acceleration.
The 2002 Land Rover Range Rover is loaded with standard safety equipment that includes all-disc and all-terrain anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, dual front impact airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, rear door child safety locks, rear door child safety locks, front seatbelt pretensioners and traction control. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have tested the Range Rover for crash safety, so the equipment list, rugged nature of the vehicle and maker reputation will have to suffice when it comes to convincing buyers about the occupant protection qualities of the Range Rover.
EPA Fuel Economy
Land Rover Range Rover HSE: 11/14 mpg city/highway
- Off-road abilities
- Interior space
- Brand name appeal
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
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Rugged status symbol rarely used for intended purpose.
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