- Stunning accommodations for all
- Stellar ride, handling, and performance
- Wide range of engine choices
- Terrific off road—if you dare
- Touchscreen interface lacks finesse
- Perhaps too easy to drive off road
- Shockingly expensive when loaded up
- Design is beginning to age a little.
Few vehicles match the 2017 Range Rover's luxury and performance on pavement; fewer still can keep up with it when the pavement ends.
The Land Rover Range Rover continues to blending more than 45 years of globe trotting off road heritage with the latest advances in technology and refinement to create a remarkable balance between luxury and capability over any kind of terrain.
While the original Range Rover that hit the market back in 1970 was decidedly primitive, the latest version is among the most advanced vehicles ever built. Even the base standard wheelbase model, at around $87,000, will leave few wanting more. The lineup grows from there through a staggering array of trim level—HSE, Supercharged, Autobiography, and SV Autobiography Dynamic—and engine combinations that start with a robust supercharged V-6 and climb to a ferocious 550-horsepower V-8.
As such, it is possible to more than double the price of entry—but few vehicles short of a Bentley Bentayga pamper the same way.
We give it a rating of 8.8, one of our highest scores under our revised rating system. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Land Rover has expanded its Range Rover into an entire lineup of vehicles: The Range Rover serves as its flagship, with the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque serving as family-oriented and style-oriented models, respectively. The Range Rover itself is the largest and most traditional.
Range Rover styling and performance
The full-size Range Rover's classic look combines the lines of the original with a decidedly aerodynamic influence, resulting in a modern take on the boxy, upright theme. Two wheelbases are now on offer, a move that echoes the first generation Range Rover toward the end of its model run. Even the base model is decadent and imposing, but the Autobiography adds subtly classy hints. The SV Autobiography Dynamic, however, is basically a sports car with a big body—and it has the chops to back up those looks. For 2017, the SV Autobiography Dynamic builds on last year's SV Autobiography but is built as a standard wheelbase rather than the extended model.
Today's Range Rover lineup consists of two V-6 engines—gas and diesel—and a V-8 available in two states of tune. The standard gas-fueled supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in the short wheelbase model boasts a solid 340 horsepower and can sprint to 60 mph in a hair over 7 seconds. Perhaps even more impressive is the optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that delivers a hefty 443 pound-feet of torque and is rated at 29 mpg on the highway, all while accelerating nearly as quickly as the gas engine.
The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, meanwhile, begins with 510 hp but is upgraded to 550 hp with the revised-for-2017 SV Autobiography Dynamic.
All four options are mated to an 8-speed automatic and, as you might expect, permanent four-wheel drive with a multi-mode traction control system accessed at the turn of a knob. An optional Terrain Response 2 system bundled with a host of convenience items in the Vision Assist package includes an automatic mode for the traction control system that, as its name implies, requires the driver to make few decisions when a mogul or dirt road is encountered.
Range Rovers provide remarkably good fuel economy, all things considered. The fuel sipper of the lineup is the V-6 diesel engine, which checks in at an impressive 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 25 combined. At the opposite end of the spectrum are the supercharged V-8s at 14/19/16 mpg.
Its off-road ability remains exceptional, but the Range Rover's on road prowess is perhaps even more impressive. Independent suspension, adaptive air dampers, and an advanced variable-ratio electric power steering system deliver finely tuned response resulting in a languid experience behind the wheel. Turn things up and the Range Rover remains thoroughly composed. The SV Autobiography Dynamic's track-tuned suspension delivers handling response and stability on par with thoroughbred sports cars.
Range Rover safety, comfort, and features
On the safety front, automatic emergency braking is standard on all Range Rovers, while an optional Drive Pack adds a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. The Drive Pro Pack adds adaptive cruise control, among other features.
The Range Rover delivers exceptional comfort for all five passengers, even in the base model. Option your way up to the HSE or Supercharged and you'll net a few more features and a wider choice of trims, but it is the Autobiography that truly steps into decadence. All models are comfortable from every seat, with the long-wheelbase model delivering more stretch-out room for those who prefer to be shuttled around. Even the Range Rover's cargo area is beautifully trimmed—it's almost too nice to put luggage back there.
It's hard to imagine how Land Rover could pile more features onto its flagship range, but the 2017 adds an upsized, 10-inch dual view touchscreen display for its infotainment system and, using one of the safety suite's cameras, a new system reads speed limit signs and automatically adjusts the vehicle's speed to match if the driver is using cruise control.
The sky is nearly the limit from there, with five option packages grouping most commonly-ordered items together for base, HSE and Supercharged models. Autobiography and SV Autobiography Dynamic, meanwhile, merely require buyers to pick from more than 40 paint colors, half a dozen wheel styles, and 12 interior trim and color combinations.