Range Rover SUV

Price  £73,950 - £181,145

Range Rover SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Hugely comfortable ride
  • Spacious boot
  • Luxurious interior
  • Expensive to buy
  • Expensive to run
  • No seven-seat version

At a glance

The greenest
3.0 SDV6 HEV Autobiography 5dr £100,350
The cheapest
3.0 TDV6 Vogue 5dr £73,950
The fastest
5.0 V8 S/C Autobiography 5dr £100,350
Top of the range
5.0 V8 S/C Holland & Holland LWB 5dr £181,145

"The Range Rover is a British-built off-roader that also just so happens to be one of the most luxurious cars on the road. In fact, it’s more 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 the 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 then 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 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 versions. In this case, that's the Autobiography and Autobiography Black cars, which rival Bentley and even Rolls-Royce for sheer opulence.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2 / 5

If you’re worried about fuel consumption, chances are you’re probably not after a big luxury 4x4. The Range Rover is expensive to buy and expensive to run.

Engines, drive & performance

4.2 / 5

Incredible off-road performance and towing ability if you want it, and the ultimate comfortable limousine-like ride when you don’t – the Range Rover really has it all.

Interior & comfort

4.5 / 5

Luxury and quality is everywhere you look and touch in the Range Rover. Today’s Range Rover isn’t for the tweed-and-Barbour brigade – it’s contemporary and elegant, too.

Practicality & boot space

4 / 5

There’s plenty of room in the Range Rover for a driver and four passengers. And there’s loads of boot space. But parking in town could be an issue due to the car’s huge dimensions.

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Early cars had a few electrical gremlins, but most seem to have been ironed out. The Range Rover has excellent safety credentials.

What the others say

5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
5 / 5
"An automotive icon improved. The new Range Rover does the luxury thing better than many more expensive luxury cars, with off-road ability that's the best bar none. It's not quite perfect – access and space in the back isn’t fantastic and we’re not fans of the touchscreen infotainment system. But it gets closer to perfect than anything else at the money and is a fantastic engineering and styling achievement."
5 / 5
"Absolutely, if you can afford it, because the one major irritation is that all this comes with a sizeable hike in the Range Rover's price – by almost £10,000 on some models. If you can swallow it, there's no denying that it's a magnificent effort. The world's best SUV? Easily. The world's best luxury car? It's arguable."
What owners say 
4.1 /5 based on 164 reviews
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
25 Sep 2014

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