Review

Range Rover SUV

Price  £74,950 - £164,600

Range Rover SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Spacious boot
  • Luxurious interior
  • Very comfortable ride
Cons
  • Pricey to buy
  • Expensive to run
  • No seven-seat version

At a glance

The greenest
3.0 SDV6 HEV Autobiography 5dr £102,450
The cheapest
3.0 TDV6 Vogue 5dr £74,950
The fastest
5.0 V8 S/C 550PS SVAutobiography 5dr £148,900
Top of the range
5.0 V8 S/C 550PS SVAutobiography LWB 5dr £164,600

"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, the SUV has become more and more refined, with this, the most recent model, being the most advanced to date.

Built, as always, by Land Rover, the new model had a list of problems it needed to address over its predecessor – in particular the poor rear passenger space and messy inderior.

Both have been addressed with gusto, as the back seats now have more space than ever and there's even a long-wheelbase version. The dashboard boasts a much simpler design, is built with better materials and is wonderfully elegant.

Land Rover also tried to lower the Range Rover's enormous running costs. The latest model is built from aluminium and weighs a huge 420kg less than the previous generation model, which certainly helps but the car is still very expensive to buy and run. It's a bonus that the cheapest engine is the best one to have.

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 of more than £100,000, it's more about buyers wanting to make an environmental statement rather than actually slimming down running 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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2 / 5

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.

Engines, drive & performance

4.2 / 5

Incredible off-road performance and towing ability if you want it and a comfortable limousine-like ride when you don’t

Interior & comfort

4.5 / 5

Luxury and quality is everywhere you look and touch in the Range Rover

Practicality & boot space

4 / 5

There’s plenty of room in the Range Rover for a driver and four passengers, as well as loads of boot space

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

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.

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 
4.0914634146341
4.1 /5 based on 164 reviews
81%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
29 Jun 2015
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