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2001 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Utility

4dr Wgn 4.6 SE

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2001 Land Rover Range Rover

Source: New Car Test Drive

A gentleman in the wilderness.

by Phil Berg

Base Price (MSRP) $62,000
As Tested (MSRP) $68,625

Today's Range Rover reminds us of an old New Yorker cartoon, in which a small group of clearly British hunters are enjoying a fine meal in the African veldt. Despite their wild location, they sport formal dinner attire and enjoy fine china, crystal, and silver. At a separate, somewhat rickety table, a single, forlorn hunter dines alone in his shirtsleeves. "Pity about Carruthers," comments one of the better-dressed men, "losing his dinner jacket like that."

Range Rover is all about bringing civility to unlikely places. Few, if any, vehicles can match its combination of rock-climbing ability, refined British luxury and on-road performance. In a Range Rover, you can traverse a boulder field more easily than in most SUVs, all the while pampered by a sybaritic interior that would shame many high-end touring sedans.

Model Lineup

Land Rover has revised the Range Rover model lineup for 2001. Two models are still available, but both now share the larger, 222-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8. (The previously standard 4.0-liter V8 is no longer available in the Range Rover.)

So now the 4.6 SE ($62,000) and 4.6 HSE ($68,000) are separated mainly by their level of standard equipment and available options. HSE comes with 18-inch wheels in place of the SE's 16-inch wheels. Many of the HSE's spiffier features, such as its 460-watt, 12-speaker audio system and off-road satellite navigation computer, can be ordered on the SE as a $3,000 option package.

All Range Rovers come with permanent four-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission. In addition, four-channel ABS is used to provide traction control to each wheel.

Walkaround

Distinguished by its upscale, yet rugged appearance, a Range Rover cannot be confused with any other sport-utility. It looks purposeful, yet says class in understated British fashion. Even the expensive Lexus LX 470 cannot match the Range Rover's subtle aesthetics.

Both Range Rover models received a mild exterior makeover for 2000. So for 2001, the company has turned its attention to the interior of the high-line HSE, adding even more wood accents and leather trim. Color-coordinated carpets and seat piping, a $750 extra in 2000, have been made a no-cost option for 2001. Last year's optional navigation system returns in a more sophisticated form and is now standard on HSE, optional still on SE.

Interior Features

Range Rover's quiet and comforting cabin is adorned with sumptuous leather and burled walnut trim. The high seating position and low waistline add up to excellent outward visibility. You can see closer in front of the vehicle than you would in a Lexus LX 470, an important feature when traversing a narrow path alongside a bottomless gorge.

The seats are comfortable and the leather trim feels nice. Passengers in the back seats enjoy gracious legroom. Dual front airbags are standard, along with side airbags built into the front seats. Front shoulder belts get pre-tensioners, devices that cinch the belts tight during a frontal crash.

The 4.6 SE comes with a 300-watt Harman/Kardon entertainment system with a six-disc CD changer, twelve speakers, weather bands and steering wheel controls; but our HSE had a 460-watt system that automatically increases sound volume with increasing speed; it also allows the driver to select driver-oriented or spatial modes.

The split tailgate makes it easy to load cargo. The tailgate is made of aluminum, so it is very light and easy to close. But it is designed to handle weight when loading.

Driving Impressions

The 4.6-liter engine starts instantly, and sings when you rev it to its 5500-rpm redline. Nonetheless, the Range Rover engine is tuned for low-rpm torque for off-road driving. Land Rover shares the sophisticated engine management system from BMW's 7 Series flagship sedans, boosting power and efficiency.

The steering feels light, over-assisted, and slow to respond, but there's a reason for it: When driving off-road on greasy, slippery surfaces, quick steering motions can cause a loss of traction. So the steering is deliberately slow. This also facilitates minute steering corrections when climbing a boulder field.

Similarly, the throttle pedal travels a long distance before the big power comes on, so a tap on the gas doesn't spin the wheels. This means you can finesse the Range Rover over obstacles more easily than other sport-utilities. But this wide range of control calls for extra motion to maneuver the Range Rover. You need to turn the steering wheel more, mash the throttle down farther.

Still, the Range Rover provides the driver with lots of feedback. On fast dirt roads, it will drift with its tail swinging wide, more so than any other luxury sport-utility. It doesn't drift far enough to swap ends, and ultimately gives the skilled driver more control.

Air springs raise and lower the body. The system is programmed for five different positions over a range of 5.3 inches. Around town, the Range Rover moves along at its standard height. Above 50 mph, the body automatically lowers one inch for better stability in crosswinds. Stop and put the transmission into park, and you can manually select an access mode, dropping the body 2.6 inches. This makes a real difference in getting in or out if you or any passengers have physical or height challenges. Head off road and shift into low range, and the system raises the ride height for more ground clearance. An extended mode raises it higher still if you've high-centered on an obstruction, allowing you to drive off of it. As a bonus, the air springs tend to isolate the body from high-frequency bumps and vibrations.

Off-road, the anti-lock brakes are remarkable. Braking is the last thing you should do when you're sliding down a steep, muddy hill on the fringes of control. But all human instincts tell you to brake. Range Rover's anti-lock braking system senses conditions of instability and compensates, keeping you from making braking mistakes. When you stomp on the brake pedal on a muddy hill, you feel as if the brakes are not doing their job. But you can trust the Range Rover in these situations: Its computers are applying all the braking force that the tires can use.

The ZF electronically controlled automatic transmission monitors engine rpm, vehicle speed and throttle position, to select appropriate gears. The unique H-gate shifter combines control of the main gearbox and transfer gearbox, providing convenient shifting between high and low ranges.

Land Rover's permanent four-wheel-drive system makes use of any available traction, even if only one wheel has the tiniest amount of grip. Range Rovers use an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case with a viscous limited-slip center differential. The viscous coupling allows only a limited difference of speed difference between the front and rear output shafts. This provides excellent traction in slippery conditions. Electronic traction control, also standard, works with the ABS to automatically slow a spinning wheel by applying braking force.

Final Word

The latest Range Rover is smooth on the highway, and offers a unique driving experience, one that's far removed from any of the other 35 sport-utilities on the market. It is quiet and luxurious. It tells you it's a truck in every task it does, yet you feel as comfortable and pampered as you would in a top-level luxury car.

In its combination of comfort and off-road capability, only the Lexus LX 470 can compete with the Range Rover. The Lexus is left behind in the style department, however. And it doesn't have quite the cache of the Range Rover. If you want the best in off-roading combined with maximum snob appeal, then head to the nearest Land Rover Centre and pick up a Range Rover. While there, you can pick up a pair of khakis, a couple of shirts and a few pairs of socks.

But don't forget your dinner jacket, either.

© 2001 New Car Test Drive, Inc.

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Road Visibility

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Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Land Rover Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

6-Year / 100,000-Mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty - calculated from the original in-service date and zero miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Less than 5-years old and less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program 3 day exchange
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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