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2006 Land Rover Range Rover Review
Suberb handling on and off the road.
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The 2006 Land Rover Range Rover offers pure luxury. With its luxurious interior, precise road handling, solid construction, and tight steering, the Range Rover remains one of the most desired sport utility vehicles around. This vehicle comes in two models, the HSE and the Supercharged (SC) model. It has four doors and a seating capacity of up to five passengers. The HSE model Range Rover comes with some high-end features, such as Hill Descent Control, which applies the right braking on downhill inclines; suspension and engine management settings for a variety of offroad conditions; load leveling; and height-adjustable air suspension. Some of its interior luxuries include a rear-seat entertainment system with displays built into the backs of the front headrests, a six-disc CD changer, a touch screen, wireless headsets, a remote control, hands-free cell phone and Bluetooth capabilities, heated seats, heated windshield and washer jets, and headlights that pivot when the steering wheel turns.
In addition to the HSE features, the Supercharged model features Brembo front brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, and the Dynamic Response System, which electronically adjusts the stabilizer bars for optimal cornering.
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8 (HSE), 4.2-liter supercharged V-8
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover Range Rover HSE, Land Rover Range Rover SC
Land Rover replaces the former BMW engine with Jaguar-sourced V-8 engines. Other revisions include changes to the grille, lights, side vents, and wheel choices. The Range Rover offers a quieter ride due to laminated side windows in the front and redesigned A-pillars. Land Rover also adds a rear camera and adaptive headlights for 2006.
The 2006 Land Rover Range Rover comes in 11 exterior colors. Standard exterior features on the HSE trim include 19-inch wheels, high-intensity discharge headlights, adaptive headlights, and a rear-view camera. The SC model adds 20-inch wheels and rain-sensing windshield wipers. All models include daytime running lights, fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, power-adjustable mirrors, and a rear window defogger.
The interior combines the character of a luxury sport utility vehicle with the endurance of an intense off-road vehicle. It comes loaded with premium-grade materials. Buyers have a choice of cherry or walnut wood accents, substantial and supportive seats, rear-seat climate controls, and power-adjustable headrests. Standard amenities on the HSE include leather upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power front passenger seat and a 12-way power driver’s seat, and Bluetooth connectivity. A DVD navigation system with a touch screen and a 14-speaker, 710-watt sound system also comes standard. The Supercharged edition offers leather contour seats, and the optional Luxury Interior Package offers amenities such as 16-way power contour seats with upgraded leather, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and adaptive headlights. Buyers can also upgrade the rear-seat entertainment system, adding a six-disc DVD changer with twin monitors mounted on the back of the front headrests.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Land Rover Range Rover is built for off-road driving and performs well on rugged terrain, but people more often see it in Beverly Hills than the bush due to its rich and luxurious style. It feels stable, comfortable, and has a quiet ride when driven on pavement. The Range Rover can tow a maximum load of 7700 pounds. Height-adjustable suspension, four-wheel-drive, and a generous ground clearance of 11.1 inches allow for serious off-road driving, as well as cruising around town.
The 2006 Land Rover Range Rover comes jam-packed with safety features, including four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability control, front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, engine immobilizer, traction control, self-monitoring tire pressure, and self-leveling headlights.
EPA Fuel Economy
Range Rover SC: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable ride •
- Luxurious yet rugged interior •
- Spacious back seat •
- Handling on and off pavement •
- Powerful performance
You Won't Like
- Price •
- Some low-grade interior materials •
- Limited cargo space
Suberb handling on and off the road.
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