Recently I wrote an article about how much I’ve spent on driving a used 2011 Range Rover in the past year, and if you’re interested in that article, you can view it here. In the article, I mentioned that there’s quite a few things I love about my Range Rover, so I thought I would go into a bit more detail about what exactly this car means to me and why I’m okay with having spent almost $15,000 in my first year of ownership. Let’s break down the 7 things I love about my Range Rover.
If you’re interested in 7 more things I love about my Range Rover, check out the video above. In this article, I’ll go over some of the aspects of Range Rover ownership that I neglected in the video.
What I Love About My Range Rover
The Land Rover Brand
Aside from being one of the most “posh” vehicles on the street, the Land Rover heritage has to be my absolute favorite of any car company. From the Camel Trophy to the Land Rover Experience Driving School, the brand is truly like no other, and the stories behind the brand are similar to those of Ferrari and Lamborghini, in my opinion.
Owning a Land Rover is so much more than driving an SUV – it’s an experience. It’s extremely easy to fall in love with the Land Rover badge, but what’s makes the entire experience better is the community surrounding the brand. These vehicles are truly something special, and only Land Rover owners will understand what I’m talking about. Sure, you could drive a Tahoe, Yukon, X5, Q7, or any of the other great choices on the market, but none of them offer the ownership experience, heritage, and community of the Land Rover brand.
I fully understand that having a “cult” around the car you drive is not everyone’s cup of tea, but for me, it’s my absolute favorite part of owning my Range Rover. So much so that one of my favorite parts of the day is driving down the road and waving back at other Land Rover drivers and parking next to other Land Rovers in parking lots. I just never gave a damn when driving a Honda Accord. The Landy is a completely different experience.
Here’s the obvious one. I absolutely love the big boxy SUV style – especially the third generation (dubbed “L322”). I love the P38a and the Classic, and I absolutely dream of the current generation L405, but the L322 is something special. Right around the time the final facelift of the L322 came out, SUVs started getting curvier and losing their character. Sure, the L405 looks great, but so does the new Ford Explorer. In fact, from a distance, they’re very similar (good for Ford, bad for Land Rover).
The third generation Land Rover still had style hiccups and some weird angles that made you question if these Brits knew what they were really doing (they didn’t…). It’s beautiful, characterful, and charming. It has class and never looks out of place. From the local country club to the country side, Land Rovers just fit in perfectly.
On top of the exterior styling, the interior still blows away new luxury cars. Minus some odd panel gaps here and there, the interior is almost perfect. The materials are luxurious, the Oxford leather is plush, and the dash is designed to mimic a yacht – a fact not too many people understand until they climb into the beast for the first time.
The L322 Range Rover is without a doubt the most beautiful Range Rover ever designed, and while the design is reminiscent of the older Land Rovers, it remains modern in a world of curved, boring, lazy SUVs driven around suburbia. The third generation Land Rover Range Rover truly stands out.
This is an odd once, since most people don’t think about customizing a Range Rover when they first purchase it – unless it’s an older model. But something I truly love about the L322 Range Rover is how customizable it is for whatever you want to do. Even stock, the suspension raises and lowers with the touch of a button, but almost every Range Rover I see now is different in some way.
From different air intakes, facia, taillights, bumper guards, side-steps, etc., they’re all different. It’s amazing to me that even driving down Suburbia Way, each soccer mom has a different spec on her Range Rover. Now, you may have to be a complete fanatic to notice the difference between the stock, LUX, and Supercharged wheels, but trust me – Land Rover fans notice.
The L322 was the last truly and easily customizable Range Rover built by Land Rover. I know the L405 model has 4,000,000 body kits from countless different companies, but none of them seem to make the Range Rover more capable; they’re all designed around aerodynamics or being bold. And they’re all too damn curvy.
The third generation Range Rover had character in it’s ability to be changed for each owner, and I truly respect that about the vehicle. I mean, have you ever seen a brush guard on the L405 Range Rover?
The Split Tailgate
Everyone who knows Land Rover knows about the split tailgate design. I still don’t understand why more car companies don’t integrate a split tailgate design similar to Land Rover. As Jeremy Clarkson said when reviewing the original Range Rover Sport, “where do you sit?”
He makes a valid point; I can’t count how many times I’ve sat on the rear tailgate. It truly makes the Range Rover a truck. The design also makes loading heavy items so much easier without being afraid of scratching the bumper. If there’s one thing I wish every SUV had, it’s a split tailgate system. I see not reason on other SUVs and Crossovers why you would ever open just the top glass section, but on the Range Rover, it just works. The split tailgate design is one of the biggest things I love about my Range Rover.
Winters in East TN get decently cold – down in the single digits. I know other ares are worse, but 8 degrees in the morning is still pretty cold. That’s why I absolutely love how everything in the Range Rover is heated. Seats? Why, of course. Steering wheel? No doubt. Rear seats? Yup! How about the front and rear windshield? Absolutely! Anything less is for the peasants.
All jokes aside, the Range Rover has heated everything, and it truly is insane how much heat this tank will produce. The only part of the Range Rover that isn’t heated is the floor in the rear, but even then, the heater pumps out more than enough heat to make up for it.
Going back to the heritage side of Land Rover, I absolutely love how the capability has transferred down through the years with insane off-road technology and capability. With the air suspension in Off-Road Height, Terrain Response activated, and the off-road seating position set, the Range Rover is in a class of it’s own.
Yep, the Mercedes G Wagon is one heck of an SUV, but the Range Rover at least looks good while driving over the same terrain. Plus, when the Range Rover is back on the road, it still performs well and can go around a corner without falling over.
The Range Rover is truly the most capable SUV I’ve ever driven on road and off-road. I’ve never felt a driving experience quite like the L322 Range Rover, and I’m not too sure I ever will. The Range Rover is truly the perfect driving experience, and if you don’t mind the service, you should be driving an L322 Range Rover. These are some of the top things I love about my Range Rover, but if you're interested, you should check out some of the little things I hate about my Range Rover here.