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2022 Land Rover Range Rover First Edition Ups the Ante

From the November 2022 issue of Car and Driver.

In the beginning, the Range Rover’s appearance—upright profile, plate-shaped body panels, unadorned sheet metal—was the product of a utilitarian, function-driven design. The latest version’s evolved appearance is once again upright, smooth and simple, but for the opposite reason: The Range Rover has become an object of art.

This is as true from the inside as it is from the outside. The leather-all-over cabin looks and feels like the surroundings of a six-figure car. As on the outside, the theme is seamless integration. The interior door handles are so smoothly integrated that first-time passengers often struggle to find them.

2022 Land Rover Range Rover first edition

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Technology in the cabin has the required modern depth and complexity. The seats’ massage function, for example, requires its own menu page to choose between 125 combinations of three settings: mode, focus area and intensity. Playing through the menus uncovers curiosities like a dynamic information screen (g meter, lap timer, stopwatch) and an air quality page to activate the particulate filter, carbon dioxide management and the ionizer.

HEIGHTS: Looks like money inside and out, effortless thrust from the turbo V-8, still doing Land Rover things.

For more general interactions, the 13.1-inch touchscreen—with or without haptic feedback enabled—is relatively easy to use, providing a spacious, crisply rendered full-screen map and sharp images from the multiple cameras. Footage includes views along the sides of the vehicle. Clearsight Ground View stitches together a virtual image of what is immediately in front of and below the car.

The new model retains the Range Rover’s traditional regal seating position, with the base of the large side windows low enough that you can comfortably rest an elbow on top of the door panel. Various rear seat configurations are offered. The biggest change with this generation is the arrival of three rows for the long-wheelbase version, and its adult-sized rear seat has enough amenities to not feel like steering. Our standard-wheelbase test car had bench seating for three, with the right-most passenger getting a deployable leg rest (requiring the front passenger seat to scrabble forward). However, the fully powered second row doesn’t even fold flat slightly, compromising maximum cargo capacity.

In Range Rover tradition, you gain access to the boot via an overhead liftgate and a drop-down tailgate, both power-operated, as does the boot. The no-cost Tailgate Event Suite option adds versatility through a panel in the cargo floor that accommodates luggage when raised. It also forms the back of the rear “event seat” – just the thing for watching polo or your kid’s soccer practice. Activating Tailgate Event Suite mode opens the rear and sends stereo sound to the lift-mounted speakers.

While a supercharged and turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six is ​​standard, our test car had the new BMW-sourced twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8. Its muffled rumble is a hint of what’s under the hood, but at 70 mph the Rover’s cabin is a quiet 66 decibels. An initial jab at the accelerator can produce a greater push forward than desired. Otherwise, the long pedal stroke, the engine’s linear response and the eight-speed automatic’s restrained shifts combine to make this a polished drivetrain. Only the automatic stop-start system’s restarts strike an uneasy note. The V-8’s 523 horses and 553 pound-feet of torque easily outlive the 5,982-pound British SUV. Sixty mph arrives in a fleet 4.3 seconds (matching the 682-hp Cadillac Escalade-V), and the quarter mile passes in 12.8 seconds at 109 mph. The Rover’s heft is more apparent when you stop, as it takes 185 feet to drag this big boy from 70 mph.

LOW: Classy rather than sporty road manners, not the best transport for bulky items, six-figure starting price is merely a starting point.

For all the techno wizardry of a new five-link rear suspension, air springs and active anti-roll bars, the default Auto Terrain Response mode still allows almost constant nodding across the tarmac. The sportiest dynamic mode suppresses this to some extent without degrading the ride quality – unlike in some German rivals – although the 23-inch wheels do bump over bumps. In either mode, the creamy steering is light, and the heavy Rover lists in fast, sweeping curves. On the skidpad, we measured just 0.73g of grip, limited by indisputable stability control, but the Rover pirouettes through parking lots thanks to its new rear-wheel steering.

Unfortunately, we didn’t test the seven off-road modes, the transfer case’s low range, or the 35.4-inch wading capability. A Range Rover can have extreme capabilities, but much like a Rolex Submariner being water resistant to 1000 feet, that doesn’t mean it will use it. Once a mere utility vehicle, the Range Rover has become something more.

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Land Rover Range Rover First Edition
Vehicle Type: Front Engine, 4 Wheel Drive, 5 Passenger, 4 Door Wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $159,550/$169,900
Options: Sunset Gold Satin Finish $7450; Shadow Exterior Pack, $1000; black contrast roof, $1000; 23-inch gloss black wheels, $900.

ENGINE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 268 inches34395 cm3
Power: 523 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 553 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 15.7-in ventilated disc/14.5-in ventilated disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero All-Season
285/40R-23 117 M+S Extra Load LR

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 118.0 inches
Length: 198.9 inches
Width: 80.6 inches
Height: 73.6 inches
Passenger volume: 109 ft3
Cargo volume: 41 feet3
Curb weight: 5982 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.3 sec
100 mph: 10.6 sec
1/4-mile: 12.8 sec @ 109 mph
130 mph: 19.4 sec
150 mph: 30.3 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 5.1 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.9 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.5 sec
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 185 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 373 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 0.73 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 16 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 23 mpg
75 mph highway range: 540 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 18/16/21 mpg

C/D TEST EXPLAINED


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