September 27, 2019 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged LWB

The Royal SUV

The big granddaddy Range Rover Supercharged LWB is everything you expect it to be and so much more. It is so loaded with equipment and purpose that I wasn’t surprised at all by its six-digit US$ price tag. Land Rover has been aggressively filling every niche in the luxury SUV market. Even with the increasing worldwide demand and production of EV’s and Hybrids, Land Rover soldiers on with not so fuel- efficient products. They are in a very unique position in the market, everyone wants a piece of Land Rover in all its different market segments with the only caveat being financial ability.

So while Land Rover continuous its relentless progress, each of their handsome and capable products amazingly gets equal factory efforts. It seems the only difference in the model range is essentially size as all of them are loaded to the hilt and once purchased their owners will do what it takes to retain them in their garages.

This current 4th generation long- wheelbase test model left nothing to chance. I only had two criticisms: that given its massive size it seats only 5 adults and the fuel economy can be very bleak. Even if you do have the financial freedom to buy such an epic piece of machinery, the fuel economy should still be improved much further at least for the reason of not inconveniencing their customers by having too frequent fuel stops. It is a weak argument I know but it is well within Land Rover’s capability to find a solution. Then again, for 2019 you can get both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport with the PHEV (P400e) powerplant so they have once again covered their bases!

Aside from those two concerns of mine, the Range Rover is simply fantastic. You feel special driving it and for the passengers they feel like royalty. And when you do push it, the mammoth can seriously go! If you want even more thrust, you can opt for the SV Autobiography or SVR models which pack even more power while offering even more bespoke exclusivity. Given the immense size and capability of the Range Rover, I felt that the brakes could be much stronger and offer more feel. They work well enough but sometimes felt wooden. The Dynamic Response suspension system probably works harder than any other dynamic component in the car, how it helps make the huge Range Rover drive smaller than it is while maintaining incredible plushiness is truly remarkable.

Specifications

Engine

Engine V8, 5000 cc, dohc 32V, Intercooled and Supercharged Direct Injection, VVT, 8-Speed AT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 518 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 461 lb-ft @ 2500-5500 rpm

Performance

Top Speed 210 km/h (130 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 5.4 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 16 mpg City / 21 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) US$ 126,380.00
What's Great The absolute standard ultra-premium full-size SUV, only the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga are greater and will cost you accordingly.
What's Not So Very thirsty and only 5 seats
C! Editors Rating 10/10
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