It’s been almost a year since my last hands on experience with the then newly launched Range Rover Supercharged. We had tackled wadi’s and conquered the dunes around Dubai. The latest version of Land Rovers “Terrain Response 2” worked flawlessly. I am a novice when it comes to driving in the desert, and to my utter surprise I was able to keep up with the lead LR4 (driven by local off-road legends). I was just told to keep up the momentum, which was exactly what I did, the Range Rover did the rest without breaking a sweat. This time, my tenure with the 2014 Range Rover Supercharged was to explore what most of the Range Rovers in the Middle East does, stay off the sand and look pretty!!
2014 Range Rover Vogue Supercharged Review
Our previous article on the Range Rover covered almost all the new innovations and improvements over the previous model year. Though it looks bigger, the abundant use of aluminum resulted in the Range Rover shedding a lot of weight. When defining ‘lots’ we are actually taking in hundreds of kgs. Loosing weight is what the manufacturers are concentrating these days. In an effort to keep the emissions guys happy, weight loss brings in a double whammy. Less weight generally results in lower emissions from the engine and saves on gas.
The 2012 Range Rover Supercharged was a thirsty beast and while being very light footed on the accelerator and avoiding any harsh acceleration, I was able to achieve 18.5L/100kms. The 2014 Range Rover Supercharged, while being driven around town and occasional highways gave me 15.0L/100kms. Just compare this to the LR4, which I am currently testing, managing 14.5L/100kms. Yes, I know, why talk about fuel consumption when writing about the Vogue Supercharged. I have to point such frugal notes in an effort to bring out the masterpiece this SUV is.
It’s a dapper in any way you look at it. It is an imposing work of art; it has a deep rooted love affair with the Arabian landscape and its people. It looks new but retains the traditional line which defines the look of the Range Rover which we are so used to.
The V8 Supercharged brings out the sparkle in this gem. It just purrs whether at idle or overtaking on the highways. There is power in every gear and when floored it will take off like Usain Bolt, I kid you not. 0-100kmph in 5.4 seconds while testers in Europe and America are getting figures in the sub 5 seconds mark. We are talking about a performance level that out matches the hot hatches in the market.
The Range Rover has always been known for the commanding view of the road one gets while driving. It’s a trait that many have tried to copy but none has managed to nail it. The view is lack of any blind spot though the Range Rover is fitted with blind spot indicators integrated with its side view mirrors. Park assist sensors have been upgraded to indicate cars coming from either side while backing out of a parking. Yes we need it here, thank you very much Range Rover. The drive around town is as comfortable as it gets. The interior is covered in supple leather, wood and aluminum trims. Range Rover has gone minimalist in the number of buttons found in the cabin. The dashboard looks fresh and has an upgraded look and feel from the Evoque.
The Range, however, is still not able to negotiate a corner in the way a Porsche Cayenne Turbo or BMW’s X5M would do. It’s not meant to do that. The Range Rover, however provides a sense of grip and stability which the previous model lacked somewhat. Thanks primarily to its weight loss and the various sensors detecting slippage and braking certain wheels; the Range Rover pulls off the feat without being too slow. The transfer of weight is not as abrupt as before and what we get is a seamless transition of corner negotiating in perfect comfort and composure. In short, less body roll than before.
What more could be said about the drive around town? The Range Rover is composed in any daily road driving conditions. The thrust is available from as low as 2500 rpm and the seamless shifts of the gearbox remind us of the Lexus’s unit. The ride is not super-soft or bouncy, it’s firm yet supple. It’s a good mix. This Range Rover Supercharged is a GT in the guise of an SUV. It can sit 5 adults comfortably while devouring miles. The Range Rover is great for exploring the UAE over the weekends. Take a long detour and explore the dunes and wadi’s along the way. Take it to the beach and watch the sunset. And at the end reach home feeling fresh and void of the journeys tiredness. It does it all, and most importantly it does it all rather too well. The world of luxury SUV’s have a new benchmark and the benchmark is set by the new Range Rover Supercharged.
|2014 RANGE ROVER VOGUE SE SUPERCHARGED|
|Rated Output||503 HP @ 6000 to 6500 rpm|
|Rated Torque||625 Nm @ 2500 – 5500 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||8 speed|
|Fuel Consumption, combined, L/100km||13.8|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||5.4 seconds|
|Top speed||250 km/h|
|Price (AED) starting from||474,000 – (576,000 – as tested)*|
|Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged Vogue LE||Starts from – 474,000|
|Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged Vogue SE||Starts from – 529,000|
|Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged Vogue Autobiography||around – 619,000|
* Our tester was fitted with an optional 22 inch style 6 rims with tires for an additional AED 47,000
Images by Brian Donegan :
Creating the All-New Range Rover