Since its debut in 1948 under the Rover company's control, the Land Rover brand has changed hands an incredible seven times, with the latest owner being India-based Tata Motors. Despite its long list of owners, enthusiasts have long known the Land Rover brand for developing rugged SUVs that brave the elements while providing plenty of comfort and luxury.
The Range Rover has been the leader of the Land Rover pack since its debut in 1970 as a rough and tumble SUV that morphed into a luxury rig in the 1990s. For 2013, the Range Rover underwent a huge overhaul that nixed the squared-off body that made the model so popular in favor of a sleek and more modern body, making it better suited to compete with premium SUVs from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Because Land Rover completely overhauled the Range Rover in 2013, the 2014 model is mostly a carryover. The only changes of note for the 2014 model is the addition of an all-new 3-liter supercharged V6 engine in place of the base V8 in last year's model and a new Intelligent Start/Stop system to help reduce emission and fuel consumption at idle.
Not everyone did cartwheels when Land Rover overhauled the Range Rover's exterior -- after all, its squared body had become legendary in the automotive world. As it enters its second year with this styling, it has started to grow on enthusiasts. Additionally, the redesign introduced all-aluminum construction, which dropped a whopping 700 pounds from the model's curb weight, making it nimbler and more efficient.
The Range Rover's interior is one of the best-styled on the market, as it combines leather and wood to create a cabin the makes passengers feel at home in this serious SUV. The 2014 Range Rover offers plenty of space for all of its occupants, but its cargo room is less than ideal at only 71.7 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded down.
Under the Hood
Under its hood, the 2014 Range Rover features an all-new 3-liter supercharged V6 engine with direct injection as its base engine. This engine produces 340 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque. For buyers who want more power, Land Rover also offers the 5-liter supercharged V8 with 510 horsepower and 416 pound-feet of torque. Both of these powerful engines hook up to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to all four wheels. The V6 engine delivers 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined, while the V8 engine checks in at 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.
The Range Rover handles exactly as expected, which is better than most SUVs, but not quite on par with its more exotic rivals from Mercedes, BMW and Porsche. In terms of straight-line speed, the Range Rover is nothing short of awesome, as the base model launches to 60 mph in only 7.1 seconds and the supercharged V8 model does the same sprint in only 5.1 seconds.
The 2014 Range Rover comes standard with a supercharged V6 engine in place of the 5-liter V8, so it lost a fair amount of power -- 35 horsepower and 43 pound-feet of torque in total. Despite the power loss, it is still quicker to 60 mph than the base Porsche Cayenne and the Lexus LX 570, plus it carries a lower price and significantly better fuel economy then the Mercedes-Benz G550. Additionally, the base V6 Supercharged model still offers high-end amenities, like grained-leather seating with heat, 19-inch wheels, full-time four-wheel drive, three-zone climate control and a 380-watt Meridian audio system.
The 2014 Range Rove V6 Supercharged HSE model carries over the 340-horsepower supercharged V6 powerplant from the base model, making it one of the more powerful luxury SUVs and affording it up to 23 mpg. The HSE package adds about $5,000 to the base price, but adds many premium features like 20-inch wheels, front and rear heated seats, Oxford leather and fog lights to the already well-equipped V6 Supercharged trim. This gives Range Rover buyers the option of having a fuel-efficient SUV that still delivers the premium features that luxury SUV buyers want.
The V8 Supercharged injects tons of additional power into the large SUV, by way of a 5-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 510 horsepower. This drops the 0-to-60 mph time to just 5.1 seconds, putting the Land Rover just a notch behind the Cayenne GTS, and nets it a 140 mph top speed. Additionally, it gains 21-inch, 10-spoke rims and plated door handles. Also, to class up the interior even further, Land Rover adds bright pedals to an already feature-loaded cabin.
The V8 Supercharged Autobiography model boosts the base price to over $135,000, but also adds many features that are exclusive to this trim level. It starts off by adding in a chrome-plated front grille to distinguish the model from the rest of the lineup. It also adds a panoramic roof, and two contrasting roof colors to choose from. Inside, the Autobiography further distinguishes itself with 22 exclusive cabin colors to pick from, semi-aniline leather seating, a leather headliner, 20-way power seats with memory, and a 1,700-watt Meridan audio system. On top of this, buyers can also opt for Executive Class Seating, which replaces the rear bench seat with two chairs.
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|Build & Price|
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque$42,990 | 11,018 mi
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$49,877 | 39,108 mi
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$52,993 | 31,775 mi
2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$43,985 | 36,592 mi
2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$43,985 | 47,532 mi
2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$45,395 | 46,340 mi
2011 Land Rover Range Rover$47,495 | 48,038 mi
2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$49,990 | 23,100 mi
2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$51,990 | 35,071 mi
2011 Land Rover Range Rover$52,985 | 32,819 mi
2011 Land Rover Range Rover$56,495 | 31,819 mi
2011 Land Rover Range Rover$66,877 | 25,556 mi
2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$41,295 | 50,862 mi
2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$41,465 | 35,571 mi
2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$43,895 | 42,934 mi
2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$46,695 | 18,047 mi
2010 Land Rover Range Rover$58,500 | 36,204 mi
2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$24,692 | 99,381 mi
2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$33,990 | 60,304 mi
2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$34,885 | 55,012 mi
2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$34,891 | 54,370 mi
2007 Land Rover Range Rover$19,575 | 112,055 mi
2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$21,777 | 95,777 mi
2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$23,395 | 53,300 mi
2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport$24,495 | 99,074 mi
2006 Land Rover Range Rover$24,991 | 94,804 mi
2001 Land Rover Range Rover$10,977 | 61,076 mi
1987 Land Rover Range Rover$19,900 | 59,218 mi
Significantly lower base price and iconic styling, but its base trim level is slower and its prices increase dramatically in the higher trims
Powerful standard V8 engine and competent off the beaten path, but inefficient base model and not as luxurious as the Range Rover
Built to tackle off-road terrain and a well-appointed cabin, but has its price tag can be hard to swallow
Better on-road presence, lower base price and much faster, but not as worthy off the road and not as competent at towing