The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover sticks to what it does best: dizzying luxury with true off-road ability. The headline news is the addition of a hybrid powertrain, which means the Range Rover can add fuel efficiency to its bag of superlatives.
What's New for 2019
The big addition for 2019 is a brand-new hybrid powertrain, the P400e. Otherwise, the car returns mostly unchanged, with minor tweaks like upgraded cruise control.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover
Choosing a Range Rover has never been so intricate. The SUV comes with four powertrains (two of which have multiple power output options), short- and long-wheelbase forms, and five trim options. That’s before the plethora of packages and options that Land Rover provides.
The engines begin with a humble 3.0-liter supercharged V6 producing 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. In this form the engine only comes on the Base trim, but an up-rated version with 380 hp can power the HSE.
Next up is the torque-heavy turbodiesel, a 3.0-liter V6 making 254 hp and 442 lb-ft. This engine is available on the Base and HSE trims and offers a reasonable 7,716 pounds of towing capacity. Mileage is estimated at 22/28/24.
The performance option is a hefty 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Again, two power outputs are available: either 518 hp and 460 lb-ft, or the full 557 hp and 516 lb-ft. The latter is available only on the top trim.
Last but most exciting is the P400e plug-in hybrid. A 105 kW motor joins a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for a total power output of 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. The battery pack is good for 31 miles of silent driving. Mileage hasn’t been tested yet, but expect it to be good over short journeys and less inspiring outside the battery range.
The many luxury options are divided among the trims, of which there are five: Base, HSE, Supercharged, Autobiography, and SVAutobiography.
Unless you’re in the financial league of European royalty, the HSE is the best trim for the money. The Range Rover is capable without the huge V8, and the HSE adds plenty of luxury and technology while keeping prices near $100,000.