A Land Rover model doesn’t just look good. In fact, these models were designed to tackle off-road adventures, and their pedigree speaks for itself! As far as the most dedicated Greenwich and New Canaan drivers are concerned, models like the flagship Range Rover and the new Land Rover Defender are among the best off-road SUVs available today. Still, you might wonder which Land Rover is best off-road, or which models offer the adventure-ready features you’ll need to reach new heights! We’ve covered everything you need to know.
What separates a Land Rover from other models in the Darien area? It’s simple. The best off-road SUVs include the world’s best off-roading features, and every model in our lineup offers a wide range of exciting technologies. Here, we’ve covered just a few of the most popular Land Rover off-road features:
Hill Descent Control: When you’re tackling uneven terrain, the Hill Descent Control feature lets you smooth out your ride without having to slam on the brakes. Just turn on Hill Descent Control and start rolling. The feature will keep you moving at a steady pace, so all you need to do is steer and brake for support.
Terrain Response®: The Terrain Response® system combines traction and agility together so you can tackle snow, sand, rocks, or whatever other terrain may come your way. The most basic version of the feature allows you to switch between these modes with the turn of a dial. Those who upgrade with Terrain Response® 2 will enjoy an additional setting that detects changes in terrain and responds automatically.
All-Terrain Progress Control: With this 4×4 technology, you’ll be able to cross any terrain with the push of a button. Like Hill Descent Control, this feature manages your throttle so you can focus on the more difficult maneuvers that the situation requires.
Active Driveline: Unlike some other 4×4 systems, Land Rover All-Wheel Drive makes automatic adjustments in order to keep you in control. When you’re on the highway, the driveline disconnects to maximize your fuel economy with 2WD. When the situation demands it, 4WD snaps back into action to help you power over any obstacle.
Is a Range Rover reliable? If these features don’t inspire confidence, we think you’re unlikely to find another model that can do better. Learn more about the off-road performance of the Land Rover Defender to uncover more of the features that make our SUVs so formidable.
Which Land Rover is Best Off-Road?
Every single Land Rover has been designed to take you wherever you want to go, but certain models—like the Evoque and the Velar, for example—are perhaps best-suited to those who spend most of their time on Stamford highways. If you really intend to break free from the beaten path, one of our lineup’s best off-road vehicles is bound to feel like a perfect fit:
Best Off-Road SUVs: Range Rover
Features: Two-Speed Transfer Case, Electronic Air Suspension, Low-Traction Launch, and Hill Descent Control
Wading depth of 35.4 inches.
Approach / departure angles of 34.7° / 29.6°
Best Off-Road SUVs: Range Rover Sport
Features: Standard Terrain Response®, Available Terrain Response® 2.
Wading depth of 33.5 inches.
Approach / departure angles of 33.0° / 30.0°
Lower starting price than Range Rover
Best Off-Road SUVs: Land Rover Defender
Features: Wade Sensing, Two-Speed Transfer Case, and Terrain Response®.
Up to 11.6 inches of ground clearance with optional Air Suspension
Wading depth of 35.4 inches
Approach / departure angles of 38.0° / 40.0°
So, which Land Rover is best off-road? Take another look at those approach and departure angles; the new Land Rover Defender is bound to be a clear favorite with drivers who never want to feel head back. Although the flagship Range Rover offers the same wading depth as the Defender, the latter is capable of surmounting more dramatic obstacles.
Building Your Off-Road SUV Checklist
If you’re heading off the beaten path, you’ll want to ensure you have checked everything off your SUV off-roading checklist:
Mobile phone and charger
In addition to ensuring you have all these items on hand, it’s important for you to check your vehicle and ensure it’s ready for your adventure. Ensure you have the right amount of air in your tires and that your 4WD system is working properly. Once you’ve nailed down this checklist, you’ll be good to go.
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