Land Rover Range Rover Estate 1994 - 2002

Land Rover Range Rover Estate 1994 - 2002

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Luxurious car
  • Good off-road performance
  • Class leading

Cons:

  • Questionable reliability
  • Diesel models are underpowered

Overview

The Land Rover Range Rover has enjoyed extraordinary success at being both a luxury car and a more than capable off-roader which has pretty much defined its own class of vehicle. The interior is full of quality with leather and wood trim adding to the level of class. Most people will not use the Range Rover as a full time workhorse, even though it is more than capable, because of its level of quality which most owners will not want to cover in mud.

Exterior and Interior

The interior of Range Rover is 'English' refinement at its best with its leather and wood interior and a high quality feel. There is plenty of room inside with ample space for four adults to fit in with ease and the boot is massive and quite capable of fitting the whole families' suitcases, or all the fishing gear you are likely to need, or even a pig or two if the need ever arose. The rear seats fold down to increase the boot space if needed and the split folding tail gate makes getting lighter items in and out easier. The outside of the vehicle added a design style that had not really been seen before as it was far softer than the previous Range Rover while still maintaining the look of being able to tackle anything you throw at it. Much of the Range Rover keeps the square styling that was seen on the previous version and it is highly distinguishable on the road.

Performance and Economy

The most sensible choice of 4x4 is usually the diesel engines, however, when it comes to the Range Rover this is not the case. The 2.5-litre turbodiesel just isn't powerful enough to haul around the two and a half ton vehicle around and the only thing really going for it is its fuel economy which comes in at 26mpg, not exactly a spectacular figure! The 4.0-litre V8 is a lot more powerful pulling the Range Rover around easily but only just makes it to 20mpg. If you're not particularly worried about the fuel economy, which lets face it if you are going to be getting a Range Rover you're not, then the 4.6-litre V8 is by far the best engine. It is very refined and surprisingly quick hauling the huge 4x4 (and you) from 0-60mph in under 10 seconds.

Like to Drive

Range Rover not only performs well off road, but is extremely smooth on the road, as well. The air suspension is exceptionally good and prevents the Range Rover from giving any uncomfortable feeling, which is present in many other 4x4s. The handling is also surprisingly good for such a large vehicle with sharp and perfectly weighted steering. The ride height can be adjusted as well to suit the conditions of the road. The problem is that this vehicle just may not feel special enough to justify the high purchase and running costs.

Faults and Repairs

The Land Rovers are known for their poor reliability and the Range Rover is no exception. The suspension, cooling system and the engines are responsible for each taking up 20% of the total claims reported. The Range Rover has undergone nearly nine recalls with the most severe recall being with the rear suspension elements cracking as well as fires in the engine bay in mid-1998 models. When repairs are required for any damages Land Rovers labour rates are extremely expensive as are the average repair bills. This is not a car to own if you want affordable motoring.