Comfort/Involvement Index: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

By Winding Road Staff

May 15, 2012

If you’ve been reading Winding Road, you have probably seen our Comfort and Involvement Index. If not, here’s a brief primer: The Involvement Index quantifies the amount of man/machine involvement demonstrated by each tested vehicle. The overall score, based on a 100-point scale, gives a great approximation of how much fun a vehicle is to drive, overall.

The Comfort Index measures overall vehicle comfort—in driving character, wealth or paucity of luxury and technology features, fit and finish, roominess, etc. The overall score, based on a 100-point scale, gives a great approximation of how comfortable a vehicle is to drive.
Too add a little bit of detail to each score, we show “star scores” (between zero and five stars, with five being the best) for more granular categories within the larger frameworks of Comfort and Involvement, too.
Then, to round out each listing, you’ll find a quick blurb summarizing all of the scores for the car, and our experience of it.
We’ll be updating you on new entries to our indices as we drive/review the vehicles (and will eventually get around to putting all of these scores on In the meantime, if you’d like to see the full (huge) list of every score, check out the latest issue of the magazine.
Car: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
Involvement: 70
Variety: **
Controls: **
Drivetrain: **
Handling: *
Character: *
Involvement Notes: All the on- and off-road prowess of the standard Range Rover, but with a forced-induction punch that makes it feel nicely quick. Despite the overall size, it’s still quite agile. Feedback through the suspension is limited, but a talkative steering rack makes up for that. One of our favorite big SUVs.
Comfort: 77
Visibility: **
Space/Seating: ***
Ride/Handling: ***
Acoustics: **
Controls: ***
Comfort Notes: Good seating position and easy-to-use instruments and controls, quality materials, and a good amount of room help make the Range Rover a nice place to spend time. A comfortable, compliant ride makes this a five-person grand tourer that just happens to be an SUV, as well.