Land Rover
Range Rover
2016
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James Flammang
Contributing Editor - August 31, 2015

Expert Rating

4.9 (Excellent)
MPG
16 City / 22 Highway

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover OVERVIEW

Luxury sport-utility vehicles hail from many sources nowadays, but Land Rover is the original. The best of that renowned brand is the full-size Range Rover. Not only it is loaded with posh features and amenities in the British tradition, led by fine wood and leather trim, it’s a showcase of craftsmanship. In addition to virtually unbeatable off-road capabilities, Range Rover provides an ultimate helping of prestige, mixed with old-world charm and an iconic history dating back to long-ago treks through the African jungle.

What's New for 2016

A 3-liter diesel engine becomes available for both the base and HSE editions, promising markedly better fuel economy. Meanwhile, the HSE’s gasoline V6 gets a boost from 340 to 380 horsepower. Newly available driver-assistance features include All-Terrain Progress Control (like a low-speed cruise/crawl mode) and Surround Camera System3. A rear-camera wash system, Hands-Free Gesture tailgate, and Automatic Access Height now are standard. SV Autobiography is now the top trim level.

Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover

All Range Rovers have full-time four-wheel drive with a Low range. The Terrain Response system optimizes traction through five selectable surface conditions. Terrain Response 2, available for every model (standard on some), goes a step further, sensing road characteristics and adjusting the appropriate systems with no intervention from the driver. Seating five, Range Rover is available with an extended wheelbase for even greater rear-seat comfort.

The standard supercharged 3-liter V6 produces 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. If that won’t suffice, you can upgrade to a 5-liter V8, also supercharged, that cranks out 510 horsepower (550 in the SVAutobiography model). For 2016, you also have the option of a diesel engine, with fuel economy estimated at 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway (versus 17/23 mpg for the supercharged V6). Mileage sinks to 14/19 mpg with the V8.

Each engine mates with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All versions have an adaptive air suspension, as well as automatic emergency braking.

Base

Though it can hardly be called “entry-level,” the base Range Rover ($84,950 plus destination charge) comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, heated power-folding mirrors, keyless ignition, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, driver’s memory, front/rear parking sensors, rearview camera, and 19-inch wheels. You also get a navigation system, 13-speaker Meridian sound system, HD and satellite radio, and Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity.

Base TD6

New for 2016 and priced $1,500 above the gas-engine base model, the Td6 holds a 3-liter turbocharged diesel engine that produces 254 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. Paddle shifters are included.

HSE

Stepping up to the HSE adds a panoramic sunroof, upgraded leather seating, heated rear seat, auto-dimming mirrors, foglamps, and 20-inch wheels.

HSE TD6

With a diesel engine, the HSE price escalates by $1,500. Equipment is similar to the gas-engine HSE.

Supercharged

In addition to the gasoline V8 and all HSE equipment, this $103,195 version gets Terrain Response 2, stainless steel pedals, and 21-inch wheels. Picking a long-wheelbase (LWB) version adds $5,000.

Base, HSE and Supercharged models can get a Vision Assist package that includes Terrain Response 2 and a surround-view camera, as well as blind spot monitoring and adaptive headlights.

Autobiography

Offered in regular or extended length, starting at $139,995, Autobiography gets the V8 and all equipment indicated above, plus an ultra-premium 29-speaker Meridian sound system. An Autobiography LWB costs $5,000 more. An optional Rear Executive Class Seating package adds a center console between individual reclining rear seats, with memory and massaging.

SV Autobiography LWB

Priced a hair above $200,000, the ultimate Range Rover benefits from a 550-horsepower rendition of the 5-liter V8 and a longer wheelbase.

CarsDirect Tip

Best overall value, in our view, is the “well-rounded” HSE. Of course, some suggest that an SUV on this level demands a V8, as in the Supercharged model. Others won’t be satisfied with anything less than the power/luxury blend offered by an SVAutobiography.

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