2009 Range Rover | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

2009 Range Rover

The and Sport are seriously big-sellers for the Land Rover here in the Middle East. You cannot pass the day without spotting a handful of these premium full size SUVs on the busy city streets.

However, you will see less of these beautifully-crafted, large and luxury SUVs in the desert, and that’s because in this region they are seen as more of a statement of wealth, and dominance over other road users – if one of these behemoths barrels-up behind you, chances are you will move out of the outside lane, in search of safety!

The 2009 Range Rover sits at the very top of the Land Rover model line-up and offers the very most in terms of all round driving dynamics, interior luxury and top-dollar status.

Full-size, ultra-modern and angular looks mix up well with a unmatched road presence, all entwined with that feeling of ultimate luxury and classic character.  Unfortunately, exclusivity is avoided due to the Range Rover’s huge sales success in this relatively small region.

2009 Range Rover airbags image

To combat this feeling, many Range Rover owners, especially those with the more road-biased Sport model, choose to modify their vehicles with a whole host of premium aftermarket products such as wide-arch body kits, huge and expensive wheels, as well as full interior re-fits incorporation the very finest of equipment and materials, giving their cars incredible makeovers and, more importantly, a character all of their own.

There is a choice of two engines for the 2009 Range Rover in the Middle East; both of them running petrol, with the rather useful diesel motors unfortunately not making it out to the desert. You can pick from either a 4.4-litre, naturally-aspirated, V8 engine making 305bhp and 440Nm of torque, or the range-topping 4.2-litre, supercharged V8 motor that pumps out a fairly juicy 400bhp and 560Nm of torque.

And that’s more than enough grunt to really get the 2009 Range Rover onto a serious hustle. All engines are attached to a six-speed automatic gearbox and a two-speed transfer case, as well as high-tech devices, such as all-terrain traction and stability control, Hill Descent Control and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS; all of the equipment to can really help you to soak up the rough stuff – just watch out for those expensive wheels and beautiful paintwork!

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Standard equipment includes tri-zone climate control, a 12-way powered driver’s seat with memory, a 10-way powered front passenger’s seat, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, voice-controlled DVD navigation and a stunning-sounding Harman/Kardon digital surround-sound audio system with fourteen speakers.

The options list is as long as your arm, especially if you take into account the aftermarket options offered by various specialist companies around the world. Take this fantastic SUV, sprinkle in your own aftermarket style and you’ve got what is probably the SUV to own right now.


Specification

 

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
SUV4.4305440A
4.2400560A

 

Price (AED): 299,000 – 385,000

 

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