The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover features improved communications and technology, but the big news is a plug-in hybrid that can travel for 31 miles in zero-emission electric mode. That's in addition to the already efficient diesel model, making this hulking SUV a solid choice for customers with different powertrain needs and desires.
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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Overview
What's New for 2018
A facelifted exterior revives some of the Range Rover's chiseled looks, while the cabin gets new tech and infotainment equipment. A new plug-in hybrid model brings a dose of the 21st century while a 557-horsepower SVAutobiography Dynamic trim keeps the 20th century alive in Great Britain's most popular SUV.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover
Choosing a Range Rover can be daunting, with a huge variety of engines and specifications. There are four powertrain options, two of which offer varying power outputs, as well as long and short-wheelbase bodies, and five separate trim levels. That's in addition to the huge variety of interior upholstery options and a range of exterior paint shades ranging in price from free to the nearly $9,200 SVO Premium options (not to mention the contrasting roof colors).
The base engine is a 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It's only available with the base Range Rover trim and returns 17 miles per gallon city, 23 highway, and 19 combined. This same engine is available with 380 hp and the same torque output and fuel economy figures on the Range Rover HSE.
If torque is what you're looking for, a 3.0-liter, twin-turbodiesel V6 promises 254 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. It's available on base Range Rover and Range Rover HSE, although we can't tell you how efficient it will be – Uncle Sam hasn't gotten around to evaluating the diesel or the V8 models.
If you need more power, Land Rover continues to offer its lovely 5.0-liter supercharged V8. There's a 518-hp version that pumps out 460 lb-ft of torque. Available on the Range Rover Supercharged and Autobiography and on both the short- and long-wheelbase bodies, it's a charming engine. More charming, and more powerful, is the SVAutobiography Dynamic's take on the trusty 5.0-liter, which produces 557 hp and 516 lb-ft and helps hustle the range-topping Range to 60 in just 5.1 seconds.
Finally, the new P400e plug-in hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with an electric motor to generate 398 system hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, while a battery pack allows 31 miles of all-electric range.
Unless Bentley-style luxury is a priority, stick with HSE trim. Its 380-hp 3.0-liter V6 is powerful enough for most people, and the specifications are impressive but not excessive. An MRSP of under $95,000 means it’s less than half the price of a long-wheelbase SVAutobiography.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Review
The Land Rover Range Rover is the king of the endlessly expanding Range Rover lineup. As the king, it remains true to its roots with upright styling and more luxury that anyone really needs but everyone wants. The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover has gone through a handful of changes to its looks inside and out — fixing some of its less-than-modern bits inside is the biggest change.
While it remains the king of its brand, is the 2018 Range Rover still make sense in the large luxury crossover segment? Keep reading to find out.
When peeling through the 2018 Range Rover’s list of trims, it ranges from being a splurge at just over $87,000 to an off-roading supercar at $207,000. Sticking somewhere in the middle is a comfortable spot, which puts you in the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged.
The 2018 Range Rover Supercharged puts you in the lap of luxury with all the bells and whistles just about any driver would need. Some highlights include its 21-inch wheels, Terrain Process Control, 10-inch touchscreen, a 380-watt Meridian sound system, tri-zone climate control, LED headlights, 20-way power front seats, front and rear parking aid, and more.
- Model: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
- Engine: 5.0-liter V8 supercharged
- Output: 518 hp/ 461 lb-ft
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
- MPG: 16 city / 21 highway
- Options: Drive Pro Package ($1,630, blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist), Park Pro Package ($815, park assist)
- Base Price: $105,845 (including a $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $108,290
There is no doubt the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover retains its throne at the top of the capable-luxury-SUV mountain. It’s off-road prowess remains, but its on-road class is also present and account for.
The array of engine options the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover has offers an option for just about any driver. Even those looking for thriftiness can opt for the turbo-diesel V6 that delivers 22 miles per gallon city and 28 highway. On the gasoline side, you sacrifice a lot in fuel economy, but the output ranges from 340 horsepower in the base V6 to 550 hp from the range-topping V8.
With that power comes serious thirst. The gasoline-fueled Range Rover gets 17 mpg city and 23 highway at best. And, while it has all that off-road ability, do you really want to take a $100,000-plus SUV through the woods?
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover underwent a few exterior changes, though you need to put it side by side with last year’s model to spot them. Despite these changes, the Range Rover continues to hark back to its upright SUV roots, keeping its fan base happy.
Inside, Land Rover introduced an all-new center stack that replaces most of the knobs and buttons with two multi-function touchscreens. This cleans up the dash and makes it feel even more upscale.
That said, this new buttonless dashboard also has a steep learning curve as you try to figure out how to operate each function. And, despite the new-look dashboard and revised front end, the 2018 Range Rover is showing its age.
The Best and Worst Things
The sheer do-it-all function of the Range Rover is astonishing. Want to go off-road? It’s got you. Want to race a sports car to the next stop light? It can handle that. Want to haul business clients around in class? It can handle that too. It’s the ultimate luxury SUV.
But, you pay dearly for this function. Sure, its base price isn’t terrible, but at the top of the range it nears $210,000. That’s a lot of cash for an SUV that has the Range Rover’s off-road chops.
Right For? Wrong For?
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover is perfect for the businessperson who is constantly shuttling associates around and does just as much work on the road as he or she does in the office.
However, someone looking to buy a 2018 Range Rover hoping to take it back to its roots of barreling down narrow trails will find that hard to do once they see the price tag.
The Bottom Line
The Range Rover does just about everything very well, but one of its largest draws — its legendary off-road capabilities — will probably go completely untested. And Land Rover buries a lot of that massive price tag in its ability to travel off-road. There are equivalent luxury SUVs that are significantly cheaper because they can’t crawl over rocks.