Range Rover SUV
Price £75,850 - £165,500
- 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."
The Range Rover used to be considered as a car that could do everything for people who lived in rural areas but today it's just as likely to be seen on the high street thanks to its status as a desirable, fashionable, luxury car. The current version is plush inside and laden with technology.
The cluttered dashboard and rather snug rear seats of the previous Range Rover came in for criticism when the car was launched but those two problems have now been addressed. The dashboard has been simplified and is much better to look at as a result, while room for passengers in the back has been improved, and there's a version with a longer wheelbase if limo-like space for rear-seat passengers is a priority.
Reducing the weight of the car by a significant 420kg means running costs have improved relative to previous versions but the Range Rover remains an expensive car to own overall.
The cheapest version comes with a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel and this engine will make sense for most buyers. It has plenty of punch, is reasonably economical and feels and sounds smooth when on the move. A bigger TDV8 diesel produces even more power but in truth the V6 is so able that it's hard to recommend spending the extra to move up to the V8.
The Range Rover Hybrid claims the best economy figures, combining the smaller diesel engine with electric motors. Though it’ll save you money in fuel, the £100,000 price tag means it’ll take a while to feel the financial benefit, even if you are doing the best you can for the environment while driving a Range Rover.
The only petrol version of the Range Rover has a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that sounds great and makes the car very quick. Inevitably it also consumes fuel at a rapid rate, so be prepared for sky-high running costs if you decide it's the one for you.
Equipment is generous no matter which trim level you go for and all Range Rovers boast high-quality interior materials. The Vogue trim features all the must-have bits of kit but moving up to the Autobiography gets you luxury on a par with rivals from Bentley and Rolls Royce.
The SVAutobiography model is about sheer opulence and commands a premium of £50,000 over the trim level immediately below it. It's available in standard wheelbase form with the supercharged petrol V8, or as the longer wheelbase model and either of the diesel or petrol V8s, or the hybrid powertrain.
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.