By on September 5, 2014

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In the early 1990s Land Rover realized that their Range Rovers were often used to chauffeur people of wealth and taste. Designed to be capable off-road, the 100-inch wheelbase unfortunately meant limited rear seat leg room. For 1992 Range Rover Country LWB became available, with a wheelbase stretched additional eight inches, all of it going directly into the rear seat legroom. For 2014, Land Rover is bringing the LWB back.

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The LWB adds 7.3-inches to wheelbase of a conventional Range Rover, all of which goes directly into the rear seat leg room. The current Range Rover does not suffer from lack of leg room but this extra space transforms it into something resembling a Learjet, especially when equipped with the “Executive Seating Package”. This test model retains a conventional three passenger bench that is power reclining and folding and has heated and ventilated outboard seats. Features bundled into the LWB model include an extended center console, which oddly takes leg room away from the middle passenger, power window shades, and a panoramic sunroof.

The front seats remain the same as on the SWB model, which is to say really nice; wrapped in soft leather, supportive, with pillow-like headrests, and ergonomically perfect. These may just be the best seats on the market right now, and they were heated, ventilated, and massaging, too. The massage feature is nice, especially on longer drives, but it is not as intense as the chairs at Brookstone. The current Range Rover retains the signature high seating position and large windows all around yield airy cabin feel and outstanding visibility, all rather trivial traits that are rarely seen in modern vehicles.

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The gauge cluster is actually a 12.3-inch display screen that is cleanly laid out and easy to manipulate via a steering wheel stalk. The same cannot be said for the 8-inch infotainment touch-screen which is slow to respond and simply outdated. In the touch-screen’s defense, it does perform a lot of functions, and there are hard buttons for the most frequently used ones. The rest of the dash is a showcase of simple contemporary design wrapped high quality materials. The upgraded Meridian Premium Audio 825W system will make even Justin Bieber’s music sound good.

For 2014 Land Rover dropped its naturally aspirated V8 in favor of a supercharged V6. The LWB is available only with the more powerful supercharged V8 engine. 510hp and a very flat torque curve that peaks at 461lb-ft offers instantaneous power at anytime, making the 5320-pound Rover move like a sports sedan, and allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60mph in under 5.5 seconds. Having reviewed the V6-powered Range Rover Sport in the past, I think the V8 is worth every penny of its $10,000 premium on the SWB and Sport, Range Rovers. ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is the only choice. It has normal, sport and manual modes, but with this much power, I found myself just keeping the shift knob in D.

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We, as the car buying and driving public, are jaded by the driving characteristics of modern cars. For instance, never before would some wanker blogger be able to take a 707hp car on a race track and not die within a minute. The same true holds for this Range Rover – the chassis dynamics and overall handling are downright amazing for a vehicle this size, and simply superior any previous Land Rover product. This was something I realized on an enjoyable drive down the Merritt Parkway, a road where more than a decade ago I came close to rolling a Discovery on.

Much of the handling can be attributed to the air suspension, and associated cleverly named subcomponents, which magically manage to filter out just about all road imperfections while keeping the big Rover composed, and dare I say sporty. While air suspension systems have a lot of critics (disclaimer: I’ve owned two vehicles with air suspension and didn’t have any issues), it may be the least compromised way of retaining comfortable ride, great handling, and big load capacity. The ability to raise and lover this vehicle by as much as five inches is an added benefit. Turning radius is now also large sedan-like, as opposed to tractor-like on older Landies.

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It is well known that most Range Rovers never leave pavement, but despite that Land Rover does offer some amazing off-road technology that enables these vehicles to be truly capable (11” ground clearance, 35” water fording), as I experienced some time ago (part 1,2,3). What many people forget is that these vehicles also offer 7716-pound towing capacity with 331-pound maximum tongue weight, and 220-pound roof rack capacity. This is in addition to the 82.8 cubic feet of cargo space and 1600-pound load capacity, all just a little less than the GMC Yukon.


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All of this goodness comes at a price. First you pay at the dealer: the base Range Rover starts at $84,225. Do yourself a favor and get the “supercharged” one, which is to say V8, for $101,025. The LWB comes with the V8 and starts at $106,225. The test vehicle was equipped with Vision Assist Pack (cameras, swiveling headlights, blind spot detection) for $1760, Lane Departure Warning for $640, Adaptive Cruise Control for $1295, Meridian audio upgrade for $1825, Four Zone Climate Control Package $4150, parking sensors for $1200, rear seat entertainment is $2400, soft closing doors are $600, and towing package which includes a full-size spare and locking rear diff is $1300. This brings the total MSRP to $121, 390. Then you have to pay at the pump to feed an SUV that sips premium gas to the tune of 14/19 mpg city/highway.

While this is not a perfect vehicle, it is the best Range Rover ever. The LWB adds space that most buyers won’t opt for, not because of the cost but because the elongated body visually throws off the proportions. There are dozens of so-called premium luxury SUVs on the market, many of which cost half as much, but none of them, as we will soon find out, are as refined to the level of the Range Rover.

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Kamil Kaluski is the East Coast Editor for Hooniverse.com. His ramblings on Eastern European cars, $500 racers, and other miscellaneous automotive stuff can be found there. 

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC provided the vehicle for this review.

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29 Comments on “Review: 2014 Range Rover Supercharged LWB...”


  • avatar
    stuki

    I actually like the elongated looks of the LWB in these pics. Never seen one live though. Makes it look a bit like a jacked up, pimped out Flex.

    “Turning radius is now also large sedan-like, as opposed to tractor-like on older Landies.” –Not sure what that’s supposed to mean, but the few tractors I’m familiar with, can pretty much make u-turns inside a garage……

    • 0 avatar

      Ok, how about tractor-trailer like?
      I only drove one tractor, a ’70 Ursus (look it up),… that didn’t turn very well.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      I was gonna say–to myself and any others who still know how to work in the earth, comparing turning radius to that of a tractor is a compliment.

      For those who don’t know, every tractor since ever has had two brake pedals, and ever since they switched out the hand clutch for a foot clutch, both brakes have been on one side. Depending on where you put your foot, you can brake normally, turn with a slight skid, or literally turn on a dime.

      Before anyone mentions hydrostatic-drive tractors with one brake pedal, I say this: a hydro is not a true tractor. It’s a big lawn mower. It’s good for pulling stuff around, sure, but try to do any deep tillage and you’ll soon learn the error of your ways. Not that most people would try anyway, since the average horsepower of a hydro is probably less than 50.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        As a motorcyclist, I want to know: Do tractors wheelie? They look like they should be good at it :)

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          Hell yes. The horsepower may be less than 100, or even less than 50 in some cases, but the way the engines are geared results in gobs and gobs of torque, and the deep treaded tires ensure that if you pop the clutch, the front end will rise at least a little before the tractor moves forward. In fact, I’d say the reason tractors are all engine-forward, drive-wheels-rearward is so that the engine and frame act as a counterweight.

          When you say “they look like they should be good at it,” you’re probably thinking of something like a John Deere 4020 or a Farmall 806 with a “tricycle” front end, with the two front wheels spaced closely together so they act as one large front wheel. Tricycle tractors (IMO) seem to be easier to accidentally pop wheelies on. That configuration (intended mostly for working in corn, soybeans, and other row crops) hasn’t been seen since the early-mid 70’s, but even a “wide front” tractor can rear up, especially if the clutch is jumpy.

          The biggest difference between popping a wheelie on a bike or car and on a tractor is that a tractor wheelie can’t be prolonged easily, and you wouldn’t want to anyway, unless you’re at a tractor pull. Nearly all “pulling tractors” (which have been modified so heavily that they’re about as useful for farm work as a NASCAR racer is to a normal car) have a wheelie bar.

  • avatar
    doublechili

    “Supercharged LWB” sounds like a caffeined-up member of some new gender category.

    Seriously though, I’ve developed a dislike for RRs in recent years caused by their drivers getting way too close to my rear bumper when there’s nothing I can do about the traffic in front of me and I’d really like to go faster too.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      “You’re a supercharged LWB? I used to be one of those, until my eyes were opened to the lies of the SLWB community, and now I identify as transfluid postmodern riot-grrl cisgender starfish.”

      “…What does that even me–”

      “I’m only attracted to unopened copies of Atlas Shrugged.”

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I don’t care for the steering wheel design but otherwise its very elegant and tastefully laid out. Check out that backseat too, sedans larger than C should all resemble this example otherwise whats the point of four doors.

    • 0 avatar

      To its benefit, the buttons on the steering wheel are nice and big, easy to use.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      It is very tasteful, but a couple things:

      -Agree, the old steering wheel with the circular center was better.
      -The leather on the rear head rest looks messed up and bunched?
      -Where is the wood? Piano black is not as suitable.
      -Where is the contrasting piping and trim on the seats, which should be body colored, making for a glorious parchment/navy mix?
      -The matte plastic wheel arch trim visible when the door is open looks cheapo and like it will scratch and age poorly.

      And finally, I think this should be called Range Rover LWB County Supercharged, because names.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    Is that a digital-analog cluster?

    Why?

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “Country LWB”

    That’s County, not Country.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    These just look so… prestigious. Every time I see one driving (assuming it hasn’t been pimped), I think of stately type people. This new model is CLEARLY meant for dark colors. I find it looks ridiculous in silver or white, the latter of which is a color I preferred on previous models.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Then the final option: uparmoured. This Landie would be a perfect platform for that.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Wonder if the lighter new one carries armor well. The biggest selling pint of the RR versus other SUVs, is the airy feel from all that glass. But that also makes it harder to armor discreetly.

  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    This is an odd sort of vehicle. It’s a very nice luxo-barge titllating its owner with the notion that its ready to roll in the Camel Trophy should that event be revived.

    If the maximum tongue weight of this car is 331 lbs., then the advertised 7716 lb. towing capacity is something of a joke, unless you’re planning on “flat towing” your friend’s broken-down Land Rover. A basic rule of thumb for trailering is that at least 10% of the trailer weight should be on the tongue. Running less than that invites side-to-side “fishtailing” of the trailer and potential loss of control. There are some rather amazing videos of trailers flipping on their longitudinal axis, while the tow vehicle remains upright.

    I’d be curious to know what the GCWR is. My guess is that you can tow 7716 lbs. so long as you carry only yourself and a friend inside.

    By contrast, the substantially cheaper — but still pretty nice — Tahoe or Yukon will tow,, IIRC 8,000 lbs., with 10% of the weight on the tongue and an additional thousand pounds of stuff and people inside.

    But it won’t ford 35″ deep water, most likely.

    Toys for rich boys.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      It’s trivial to lift a Tahoe to ford 35″ of water. Or, perhaps just fitting a snorkel. And then you can even fit tires that won’t pop if you should be forced to drive over a piece of riverbottom gravel….

    • 0 avatar
      jmo

      “A basic rule of thumb for trailering”

      Is that an American rule or an actual rule? Does the average Brit who is towing a 5th-wheel with a 1.4L diesel Polo agree feel the same way?

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        In Britain, people who tow fifth wheels with Polos, are called Poles. Or perhaps Polacks….

        I do wonder if the tongue weight rule of thumb was derived for rwd tow vehicles. It would make some intuitive sense that fwd cars would benefit less from weight on the hitch.

  • avatar
    suspekt

    Am I the only one that finds the front end looks cheap. Like they ran out of funds or time to give it that sculpted expensive detail. A great example, I think, is the front end of the X5. You can tell BMW sweated every mm of design including the insides of the headlight housings.

    I have the same criticism of the current Chrysler 300. The previous gen had the nicer face. However, the rear of the 300 is spot on.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    New rims and rubber, like BFG T/As and a lift kit should make this a relatively impressive off road wagon.

    The interior is the incorrect colour. White gets dirty from the dust and grime when off roading.

    But, if this is a limo, then maybe the Caddy Silverado Escalade looks a little agricultural. But, it’s only a pimped up $20k pickup wagon.

  • avatar
    bkmurph

    That dashboard is so glorious and true. Look at those parallel horizontal lines running from the driver’s door to the passenger’s door. No hinky center stack canted toward the driver. No passenger-side knee bolsters tapering and rising at weird angles. Compare this with, say, the 2015 Honda Fit, whose dashboard is a mess of different forms working against each other.

  • avatar
    Joss

    One percenter grocery-go-getter.

    0-60 in 5.5. $120K to ? in 5.5 years.

    And you know pity the poor sod who’s got to keep that interior clean from greasy kid marks to bloody hemorrhoid stains.

    Air suspension can it handle 2 de Gaulle flats? That’s important to some of the clientele.

    Otherwise nice job. I’m just jealous.

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