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2004 Land Rover Range Rover

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2004 Land Rover Range Rover Review

A mix of luxury, comfort, and impressive off-road performance for a very high price.

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Overview

The 2004 Land Rover Range Rover serves as a full-size SUV built by the English automaker Land Rover. Production of Land Rover’s flagship SUV began in 1970. The Range Rover has always been noted for impressive off-road performance, high-end luxury features, comfort, and its somewhat boxy exterior which receives both accolades and criticism. Other criticisms mostly stem from the price compared to competitors, poor fuel efficiency, and a consistently baffling control layout according to many who have not become familiar with it.

The 2004 Land Rover Range Rover shows only limited changes after a large redesign in 2003; however, Range Rover does begin offering a limited edition. As with the rest of the Range Rover models the 2004 offers luxury and off-road performance.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover Range Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Limited Westminster Edition

What's New

After a redesign in 2003 the 2004 Land Rover Range Rover base model remains basically the same with only a handful of exterior modifications. A limited number of Westminster Editions launched in 2004. They feature pearlescent paint and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Exterior

The 2004 Land Rover Range Rover has a large and boxy frame. It features a clamshell hood with castellations, a simple but recognizable grille with horizontal chrome bars in between two square headlights, and a ""floating"" roof and a horizontally split tailgate. The vents at the edges of the front fenders increase airflow. All models have standard bi-xenon headlights. The Range Rover has a curb weight of about 5379 pounds with an independent front and rear suspension which uses interconnected air springs. The Range Rover sits high and looks angled at the front and rear for off-road performance.

Interior

The inside of the 2004 Range Rover feels roomy and packed with luxury features. It seats five comfortably and buyers can choose from a range of quality wood trims, such as cherry wood or burr walnut, and different leather upholstery. The rear has 60/40-split rear seats which fold down and move forward for more cargo space. The 2004 Land Rover Range Rover comes with GPS navigation with off-road functionality. The GPS unit gives drivers a ""bird’s eye"" view of their surroundings. A high-end, 570-watt, Harman Kardon LOGIC 7 surround sound system comes standard on all models, while heated seats and a heated steering wheel remain optional. Land Rover offers a range of additional luxury features as well. However, drivers criticize its somewhat confusing control layout.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Land Rover Range Rover contains a large 282-hp, 4.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 which produces up to 325 lb-ft of torque. The ZF five-speed automatic transmission has CommandShift for manual shifting in off-road situations. It has permanent four-wheel drive with a Torsen torque-sensing center differential. It can be shifted from Low to High while moving. On the road the Range Rover offers a very smooth and comfortable ride, and it proves very capable offroad as well, handling steep inclines and declines, rugged terrain, even large puddles with ease. According to Land Rover the 2004 Range Rover can go from zero to 60 mph in nine seconds, impressive given its weight and dimensions. The dimensions have some drawbacks though, specifically maneuvering through busy city traffic and parking in tight spaces.

Safety

Safety features on the 2004 Land Rover Range Rover include steering-wheel and dash-mounted airbags, two side-impact airbags for the front row, and four side curtain airbags for both rows. The seats have ISOFIX points to securely fasten child safety seats. All seat belts have pretensioners.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover Range Rover: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior
  • Luxury features
  • Off-road performance
  • Comfortable ride on the road
  • Handling and feel

You Won't Like

  • Price
  • Control setup
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Getting in and out

Sum Up

A mix of luxury, comfort, and impressive off-road performance for a very high price.

If You Like This Vehicle

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  • Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • Porsche Cayenne

See the New 2014 Range Rover.

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