Review | Interior - Exterior

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Walk Around

When redesigning the iconic Range Rover, one is left with a responsibility to please the core group of loyal customers, many of which may have varying tastes. For example, some love the Range Rover because of its incredible off road performance, and they actually do utilize it. Many can't live without its unpretentious, yet luxurious styling, and they couldn't care less that it can climb canyons. Then there are the rappers who want blacked out windows to complement their custom 27-inch chromed rims. All they want is a bass jumping stereo and enough visual presence to prove their worth on the block. I, for one, would not want that kind of design pressure.

Somehow, as the Range Rover has progressed with each generation, all forms of buyers have been immensely happy. It's an SUV that appeals wildly because of its ambidextrous nature. And this could not be more evident than when you take a look at the car's exterior.

For 2013, the idea was to build upon the proven formula. The silhouette has always remained similar; with the stubby front that ends just a handful of inches past the front wheels (to help with steep downhill grades). Then you have the traditional high beltline, gently sloping roof, and rear bumper that rises higher than the side sills, to aid when mastering tough off-road sections.

The floating roof is still present but the car has a more streamlined demeanor to it, with its sculptured corners, rearward angle of the grille and more acute A-pillar angle.

Modernized light clusters at the front and rear are present; with specific lighting graphics that use LED light blade technology. The rear lights are still stacked as they were on the outgoing model.

The only negative from an aesthetical perspective is the disappearance of the air intake from behind the front wheels. It is has now been moved higher into the hood to improve wading performance in deep water, and in its replacement are three vertical groves running down the front of the door panels. The grooves look out of place and functionless. Despite this, moving the vent to the hood does make sense from a capability standpoint.

Mounds of new color options are available and, to be honest, they all look good. Unlike many cars where only one or two specific colors do it justice, and the others simply don't work, you can't go far wrong with the Range Rover.

The 2013 Range Rover is a solid step up from the outgoing model. It doesn't cause you to twist your head 180 degrees like the possessed girl from the Exorcist, but it certainly deserves a gentle nod of appreciation. And that is exactly how it should be.

Interior

The interior of the 2013 Range Rover has been simplified with an increase in luxurious materials. It's one of the best cabins we have been in, and worthy of the Range Rover's lofty price tag.

Many interior color options are available. Our personal favorites are the lighter tones, such as the Ebony/Ivory mix. If you can splurge for the Autobiography model, then you are granted with the most delicious color combinations and leather roof lining. If you opt for the base model, the standard lighter colorings are almost as nice, and more than sufficient.

The 2013 Range Rover utilizes more controls through the 8-inch touchscreen, meaning there are far fewer buttons and dials on the center console. The de-cluttering emphasizes the beautiful wood trimmings that are mixed with various brushed aluminum accents.

The touch screen is intuitive, not overly complicated, and easy to use, as are the climate control dials and Terrain Response system. The steering wheel is soft to touch, with wood trimmings and a large center wrapped in supple leather. The digital dials on the dash read clearly and look great, which is something that cannot be said for many manufacturers' attempts at digitalization.

In traditional Land Rover fashion, the driver's seat is set high to allow for maximum vision when off-roading. In other Land Rovers I have found this too high for general driving, even at the lowest setting. The Range Rover, while high, seems to be a great balance. In fact, during heavy off-road, I actually raised my position another couple of inches.

In true Range Rover fashion, no matter what surface you drive, comfort is excellent. The seats have a massage function, which sounds delightful, but in practice is kind of annoying. But the many seatback adjustments allow finding the optimum driving position a doddle.

Rear legroom is fantastic (the new model adds 4.7 inches), the rear seats can now recline, and if you opt for the panoramic roof, the backseat passengers are treated to a journey in lavish luxury.

The cargo compartment maintains the Range Rover's traditional split tailgate, but for 2013, it is now electrified. Cargo space, as it was before, is excellent, making the Range Rover the perfect vehicle for the wealthy buyer that demands ultimate comfort, with off-road capability. With the rear seats up, there is 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space, with the rear seats down there is 71.7 cubic feet.

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