The 2014 Range Rover Supercharged is the ultimate in luxury sport utility vehicles. It’s not the most expensive – the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Mercedes-Benz G cost more – but at the moment, it’s the most luxurious SUV that you can get your hands on.
The exterior design of the 2014 Range Rover Supercharged clearly resembles the previous generation model, but it’s still distinctive enough so that there is no doubt for the passersby that this is indeed the most current Range Rover. The front received the majority of the changes, notably the unique headlights, which are a real head-turner simply because of the number of LEDs found inside.
The vehicle seems more rounded and massive than the previous generation. The grille on the side has been replaced by three thin lines that accentuate the rugged style of the vehicle. At the rear, Land Rover has again resorted to using those same LEDs to develop a distinctive set of taillights. Some people will probably not like it, but those who have fallen in love with the old Range Rover will appreciate the visual development of the new generation.
And if you already own an Evoque, or a Jaguar, you won’t be disoriented with what’s going inside of the new Range Rover Supercharged. The majority of the components include the controls, the main screen/display, the Terrain Response selection, and the dial that rises to change gears, among others. These components are also used in other TATA vehicles, the company that owns Land Rover.
However, those who currently have a Range Rover will find that the interior is more refined and luxurious. There are several styles, from fine woodwork to a metal finish, and all are excellent.
The seats are the comfortable type to envelop the person, which allows for the driver to continue those long kilometres without ever being tired. You can also order the optional massage function that offers not one, but two separate massages. It’s a real charm, especially when you’re stuck in traffic. Unfortunately, the seat massage has a habit of re-starting after a certain period of time without warning. There must be a way to correct this situation…
In general, it takes more than a week before comfortably managing the Range Rover interface, and we were not able to figure out how to adjust the massage settings. Luckily, we knew how to stop it. It’s also nice to know that the seats are both heated and ventilated.
We were a bit disappointed by the interior space of the 2014 Range Rover Supercharged, especially if we take into account the size of the vehicle. Indeed, the legroom in the rear is tight if you’re more than 6 foot. For children, on the other hand, it passes. The rear seats also benefit from the heating and ventilation options, and the air conditioning can be adjusted in the back as well.
Independent screens positioned in the headrests are offered as an option by Range Rover to allow your children to watch their favourite movie or play their video games. If you love to spoil the kids, let me point you in the direction of the 2014 the Range Rover Supercharged!
The cargo capacity is 909 litres with all the seats in place, which is, again, disappointing considering the size of this behemoth.
When on the road, it’s all good. The comfort is absolutely sublime while the quietness is worthy of a great luxury sedan like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the Jaguar XJL. Honestly, you don’t hear the noise from outside when aboard the 2014 Range Rover. It’s also successful in camouflaging the imperfections of the road (potholes and what-not), in such a way that no other SUV suspension is able to do. Nothing disturbs the tranquility of the occupants.
Even the performance is right where it should be. The 2014 Range Rover Supercharged is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine generating a whopping 510-horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque. This giant SUV can reach 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, the equivalent of many sports cars. Overtaking on the highway, needless to say, is done in a jiffy. Better yet, the accelerations are accompanied by an exquisite resonance that reminds us that this engine is also used to propel the R versions of Jaguar vehicles.
However, all that power in such a heavy vehicle makes it such that the Range Rover is the compulsive eater of the group in terms of fuel economy. Our test week resulted in an average consumption of 19.5 L/100km, and of course this big SUV only accepts premium fuel.
Rare are those who wish to venture off the beaten path with a vehicle like the Range Rover Supercharged. If you’re interested, be aware that some roads will challenge this large SUV. The Terrain Response system adjusts the suspension, transmission, engine response time and the various stability control systems with the goal of optimizing the traction on any terrain. The vehicle’s height can also be adjusted by a few centimetres.
Let’s get straight to the point here. The 2014 Range Rover Supercharged combines comfort, quietness and performance like no other SUV currently available on the market. However, the space inside could be more generous, and anyone that doesn’t want their financial situation to drop should understand that the Range Rover is a thirsty beast. At this point it’s up to you. On my end, and if I had $114,750, a 2014 Range Rover Supercharged would be in my driveway in a heatbeat.
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