Range Rover SUV
Price £74,950 - £164,600
- Spacious boot
- Luxurious interior
- Very comfortable ride
- Pricey to buy
- Expensive to run
- No seven-seat version
At a glance
"The Range Rover is a British-built off-roader that also happens to be one of the most luxurious cars on the road. In fact, it's more of a rival for the Mercedes S-Class than it is for other 4x4s."
Although it was once a bit of a rugged workhorse, the Range Rover has become more and more luxurious over the years and this most recent model is certainly the best and most advanced yet.
Built by Land Rover, the new car aims to address many of the criticisms of the old one – namely a cluttered interior and poor rear legroom.
It's fair to say that both have been wholeheartedly addressed, with the new interior boasting a wonderfully simple and elegant design and the back seats now providing room to stretch out. If you're looking for even more legroom, there's a long-wheelbase version, too.
Land Rover has also worked on lowering running costs: this new model is built from aluminium and weighs a massive 420kg less than its predecessor. Even so, every version of the Range Rover is expensive to buy and to run. At least the cheapest engine is also the best of the bunch.
The 3.0-litre TDV6 is so smooth, powerful, quiet and efficient that it leaves us wondering why you'd need the larger 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel. The most efficient model in the range is the Hybrid, which pairs electric motors to the TDV6 engine to improve CO2 emissions and fuel economy. But with a price tag of more than £100,000, it's more about owners making an environmental statement than actually cutting their costs.
The only petrol engine is a supercharged 5.0-litre V8, which is lightning-fast but drinks fuel at an alarming rate. For most buyers, it's probably worth avoiding – simply because the diesels are so good.
A number of trim levels are available, all packed with advanced technology and lavish trim. We'd recommend the Vogue model, which really wants for nothing, although buyers at this end of the market often gravitate to the top-of-the-range version. In this case, that's the Autobiography and Autobiography Black cars, which rival Bentley and even Rolls-Royce for sheer opulence.
If you’re worried about economy, chances are you’re probably not after a big luxury 4x4. The Range Rover is expensive to buy and run.
Incredible off-road performance and towing ability if you want it and a comfortable limousine-like ride when you don’t
Luxury and quality is everywhere you look and touch in the Range Rover
There’s plenty of room in the Range Rover for a driver and four passengers, as well as loads of boot space
Early cars had a few electrical gremlins, but most of these seem to have been ironed out. The Range Rover also has excellent safety credentials.