The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover is the top-end model offered by Land Rover. This luxury SUV lives up to its heritage, which is to be expected since it is the flagship vehicle for Land Rover. Not only is the interior craftsmanship and comfort of the ride second to none, but the off-road capabilities of this SUV are at the top of its class.
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover is a five-seater full-size SUV that comes in two trim levels: HSE and Supercharged. For the launch of the 2009 model, very little was changed from the previous year’s offering. For the Supercharged trim model, a new Autobiography package was added as an option.
Body Styles: five-door full-size SUV
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8, 4.2-liter supercharged V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover Range Rover HSE, Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
The changes made to the Land Rover Range Rover for the launch of the 2009 model were very minimal. New softer leather was used for the dash, and new door seals were used to reduce wind and road noise within the cabin. New wheel designs are also available for both models. The Autobiography package includes higher quality leather upholstery, and more leather and wood trim. A quad-zone climate control system, climate-controlled glass, and rear entertainment were also included in this new options package. The wheels fitted with the Autobiography package were unique to this trim.
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover is built using a unibody construction method. It has a high wheelbase and is fitted with the Land Rover terrain response system that adjusts the suspension based on both road conditions and vehicle loads. Both on and off road, the weight of the Range Rover provides a stable ride, although this is detrimental to fuel economy. The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover has a rugged and handsome look that is easy to spot in the crowd of other full-size SUVs.
The design of the interior of the 2009 Land Rover Range Rover provides the utmost in luxury and comfort while driving, no matter what the road conditions. High-quality, premium materials are used for the interior including leather upholstery and dash, and a choice of walnut, cherry wood, or black lacquer for the Supercharged model.
There is plenty of room for five passengers, both in the bucket seats in the front and the rear row of seating. Meanwhile, it still provides plenty of cargo room. Loaded with standard features, the console and dash may seem button heavy to some. Standard interior features include a Bluetooth wireless connection, navigation system, surround sound audio system with 14 speakers and satellite radio, and power adjustable driver’s seat. The Supercharged trim level has upgraded leather upholstery and ventilated front seats that are adjustable further than the standard front seats.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover HSE is fitted with a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that provides 305 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The engine for the Supercharged model is a 4.2-liter supercharged V-8, giving the Range Rover a power boost to 400 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control only.
Although the 2009 Land Rover Range Rover is heavy, the engines and transmission provide more than enough power for accelerating and everyday driving. The height of the vehicle can lead to pronounced body lean when cornering at speed, but otherwise the SUV is a comfortable and stable ride.
All models are equipped with permanent all-wheel drive as standard, as well as low-range gearing. The adjustable suspension allows for a maximum ground clearance of almost 11 inches for the most extreme off-road conditions. The maximum towing capacity of the 2009 Land Rover Range Rover is 7700 pounds.
Standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, hill descent control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, and whiplash protection. A rearview camera and a front and rear obstacle detection system are also included.
EPA Fuel Economy
Land Rover Range Rover: 12/18 mpg city/highway
- Off-road capability
- High quality of interior materials
- Quiet and comfortable ride on and off road
You Won't Like
- Low gas mileage
- No third row of seating
- Button-heavy console and dash
- Unreliable reputation
The ultimate in luxury sport utility vehicles.
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