In most vehicles, the trim level is a useful gauge of refinement; a designation that offers buyers a sense of just how well equipped and well appointed a particular model happens to be. But calling the Autobiography, Land Rover’s newest and most cultured version of the storied Range Rover series, just another trim level is to do it a great disservice.
That’s because one look at, or one ride in, the Range Rover Autobiography is enough to give you the sense that this car is something new entirely, distinct enough from the familiar Range Rover that it could be a new vehicle class altogether. And we use the word ‘class’ intentionally, because this vehicle has tons of it.
“Land Rover has always been known as the automaker that most successfully combines elegance and capability in a single vehicle,” said John Evanicki, General Manager of Land Rover Fort Lauderdale/ AutoNation. “But the Autobiography was deliberately designed to see just how far they could take things in terms of opulence without losing the rugged heart of what has always made Range Rovers so appealing. Every indication is that they succeeded – and spectacularly.”
Consider the styling. While it’s decidedly Range Rover, the familiar profile remains intact, the dark atlas grille, chrome accents and elegant badging all declare that this is a vehicle ready to make as much of an impression at a gala as it will on the savannah. It’s available in a roomy standard size that comfortably seats 5 or a long wheelbase version that adds an extra 7.3 inches for rear passengers to stretch out.
But its inside is where the Range Rover Autobiography really becomes distinct. Driver and passenger seats and armrests aren’t simply leather, they’re contrast-stitched, semi-aniline leather, hand picked to be both visually striking and exceptionally comfortable. Meanwhile, figured Macassar wood trim on the dashboard and doors offers a degree of gracefulness that can’t be found in lesser vehicles.
There are all the standard refinements you’d expect in a pinnacle-level luxury car, from the 22-way power driver and passenger seats to the three-zone climate control. But other features, like the gesture-controlled liftgate, the 825-watt Meridian audio system, the 10.2 inch touchscreen and the most advanced multimedia system Land Rover has ever offered make even the most mundane drive feel like an indulgence.
“It’s hard to overstate how luxurious this vehicle is,” said Marc Cannon, chief marketing officer for AutoNation. “But don’t let that luxury fool you. Look closer and you’ll see that this vehicle is a real beast.”
With 510 horsepower under the hood, there’s more than enough might to charge up almost anybody’s typical commute, and the 461 foot-pounds of torque, coupled with the 4WD drivetrain, is certain to get you out of any ruts you find yourself in, both literally and figuratively.