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Luxury/utility with solid street manners by Team Yonex on 05/31/2005. Trim: 2005 Land Rover Range Rover HSE, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Luxury that is utilized every time I drive the vehicle. Feels roomier than competition. Plenty of rear seat leg room. Perfect blend of BMW and Land Rover. Styling has a good chance of remaining contemporary for years to come. Luxury interior package is like sitting in Nordstroms. Voice recognition very accurate. Integration of systems, including phone, very handy. Nokia 6230 Bluetooth works great. Like driving a portable office. Top of the line Michelin Synchrone tires standard, can expect long treadwear. Brand has continued to build on a strong heritage and is widely recognized as top of its class. Retains the "utility" in SUV. Errs on side of luxury, not street performance.
Cons: Aerodynamics are such that the rear gets dirty very fast. In rain, pools of standing water accumulate on the hood, even at freeway speeds. Need to offer a non-smoking option so the "ashtray" space isn't wasted. Steering wheel could be slightly larger in circumference. Would like to see a more advanced keyless entry system.
Overall review: I was either going to buy a Cayenne S or the RR. In May '05, both brands were heavily discounted to make room for refreshed '06 versions. Got a black RR with charcoal/jet lux package for 1% over invoice. I figured the luxury of the RR was something I'd enjoy every time I drove the vehicle, whereas the performance of the Porsche would probably just get me in trouble. I'd been driving a Disco for 8 years, so finally getting into the RR was a real treat. It is immediately a beautiful combination of BMW and Land Rover, and asserts itself as the kind of vehicle I'll have for another 8 years, at least. Buying experience was all business. Dealership in Bellevue, WA has a strong reputation for service, which I can attest to. My experience has been that Land Rover takes meaningful measures to separate itself from other brands in terms of service. It's not cheap, but worth it IMO. Still desire a Porsche, but a 911, not a Cayenne. RR is a cruiser, not a racecar, and I like it.
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