Land Rover paved the way for today’s luxury utility vehicles, and its Range Rover line supplies the benchmark by which all other players are judged. The full-size Range Rover is the brand's flagship model, the ultimate blend of British craftsmanship and off-road capability.
What's New for 2017
The new SVAutobiography Dynamic model promises superior on-road performance. The standard All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system receives several updates. All Range Rover models are now equipped with the Land Rover InControl Touch Pro infotainment system featuring a 10.2-inch touchscreen.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover
There is no settling for a “lesser” Range Rover when considering this model. Four-wheel drive with low range is standard across the model line. Customers can choose between standard- and extended-wheelbase models, the latter adding 7.3 inches of rear legroom. Both models seat five passengers.
Three engine choices are available, beginning with a supercharged 3-liter V6 with 340 horsepower (380 in the HSE) and 332 pound-feet of torque. Models equipped with the standard engine go from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and earn 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
A supercharged 5-liter V8 engine with 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque is also available. The V8 allows the Range Rover to hit 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. The top-of-the-range SVAutobiography model has a version of the engine making 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. All V8-equipped models are rated at 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
There's also 3-liter turbodiesel V6 on hand, which makes 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Turbodiesel models go from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and offer excellent efficiency for this class: 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
All three engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. An adaptive air suspension and automatic emergency braking are standard. (Prices do not reflect a $995 destination charge.)
With a huge price spread from standard to the top-end models, there’s plenty for shoppers to consider. The Supercharged model in long wheelbase form has a special appeal, but if you want a diesel, the HSE is desirable and can hold your cost below $100,000.