Range Rover SUV
Price £74,950 - £164,600
- Very comfortable ride
- Luxurious interior
- Spacious boot
- 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."
Once known as a rugged workhorse, the Range Rover is now a much more luxurious SUV. Over the years, it's become more and more refined, and this latest model is the most advanced to date.
Its predecessor had some issues that needed addressing – in particular poor rear passenger space and a cluttered interior layout. Fortunately, both have been rectified with gusto, as the back seats now offer more space than ever and there's even a long-wheelbase version. The dashboard design is now much simpler – it looks elegant and is built with top-quality material.
Land Rover has also tried to lower the Range Rover's high running costs. The latest model is built from aluminium and weighs 420kg less than the previous generation, which certainly helps, but it's still very expensive to buy and run.
On the plus side, the cheapest engine is also in our opinion the best. The 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel is very smooth, punchy, quiet and relatively efficient. So much so that it makes us wonder why anyone would need the larger SDV8 diesel.
If you’re looking for all-out efficiency, the Hybrid connects electric motors to the TDV6 engine to improve CO2 emissions and fuel economy. However, with a purchase price north of £100,000, it's more about making an environmental statement than actually reducing costs.
The solitary petrol offering is a vast supercharged 5.0-litre V8. It's incredibly quick but has absolutely shocking fuel economy figures. For most buyers, it's probably worth avoiding, simply because the diesels are so impressive.
All models are lavishly equipped and trimmed in luxury materials. We’d opt for the Vogue model, though, which makes buyers want for nothing, although buyers at this end of the market often gravitate towards the higher-spec versions. In this case the Autobiography models rival Bentley and even Rolls-Royce for sheer opulence.
Right at the top of this particularly luxurious tree sits the SVAutobiography model. This is an all-options-ticked super Range Rover that costs about £50,000 more than the next-most-expensive version. It's available in either standard-wheelbase form with the 542bhp supercharged petrol V8, or in long-wheelbase form with either the diesel V8, the hybrid or the petrol V8.
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.