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2008 Land Rover Range Rover

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2008 Land Rover Range Rover Review

Has excellent features and the ability for off-road adventure but comes with high price and a reputation for unreliability.

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Overview

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover has many great qualities. Its interior comes stocked with standard features, it has safety features meant to protect you on and off the road, and its supercharged engine offers a ton of raw power. Still, this is a fairly pricey SUV. Given its steep price, there are a few disappointments to consider.

Like other 2008 Land Rover vehicles, a lot of drivers complained that the Range Rover isn't very reliable. It also has some minor ergonomic complaints. Overall, the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover can hit the trails.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8, 4.2-liter supercharged V-8
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic with sequential-shift manual mode
Models: Land Rover Range Rover HSE, Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

What's New

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover only received some minor changes from the previous year's model.

Exterior

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover has a heart of luxury with the appearance of a rugged traveler. The body looks less like a luxury SUV than a truck with an extremely long cab. People may also mistake it for a tall station wagon. Classifying the Range Rover in this way, however, does not take away from its commitment to quality. After all, this is the kind of vehicle can feel just as at home in the woods as in the city.

Interior

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover's interior combines luxurious features with rugged aesthetics. At a glance, the interior looks rather sparse, although the leather upholstery belies its underlying luxury. A closer look reveals the kind of features consumers would expect from a luxury sedan. A tri-zone automatic climate control system has the power to keep every passenger comfortable, as does the power adjustable seats for driver and passengers.

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover doesn't forget about entertainment. It comes standard with a 14-speaker Harman Kardon Logic7 stereo that features satellite radio, a six-CD changer, and an auxiliary jack. As if that weren't enough, consumers also get Bluetooth connectivity and a navigation system that offers bread crumb trail tracking for their off-road adventures.

Despite these terrific features, there are a few common complaints. The audio controls, for instance, are a bit too complicated. Instead of keeping eyes on the road, drivers may find themselves fiddling with buttons. That's a problem that most luxury vehicles have solved with voice activation or steering wheel-mounted controls. Given the number of good things to talk about, though, this seems like a fairly minor complaint.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover HSE comes with a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that offers 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. That's so-so considering how heavy this SUV is. Opt for the Supercharged model, though, and drivers get a 4.2-liter V-8 that gives out 400 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. That's the kind of power that they need to overcome steep inclines and obstacles. When properly equipped, The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover can tow up to 7700 pounds.

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover has handling power that nearly equals the supercharged engine's output. It handles well on pavement and rocky paths. Thanks to its responsive steering, obstacles can be avoided as easily as switching lanes. Of course, the SUV's generous ground clearance, wheel articulation, and self-adjusting air suspension add considerable comfort to the ride. While most people will never use the Range Rover for serious off-road travel, drivers could easily head out into the unknown with confidence.

Safety

The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover has plenty of safety features that will protect drivers and their passengers. Stability control and hill descent control will keep them safe even on the steepest incline. Anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist will help avoid impacts whether driving through traffic or the woods. The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover also comes with side airbags, a driver's knee airbag, and full-length side curtain airbags. Even a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors come standard with The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover. No matter what kind of situation they encounter, this SUV can help them stay safe.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover Range Rover: 12/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Supercharged engine offers plenty of power
  • Nice interior
  • Capable of off-road adventure

You Won't Like

  • High price
  • Unreliable compared to many competitors
  • Poor leg-room for rear seat
  • Limited cargo space

Sum Up

Has excellent features and the ability for off-road adventure but comes with high price and a reputation for unreliability.

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