The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover continues the tradition of combining urban elegance with off-road prowess. Change is kept to a minimum this year, with the big news concerning two new special editions to join the already lengthy list of existing Range Rover variants.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover
The Range Rover is available in five trim levels: Range Rover, HSE, Westminster, Autobiography, and SVAutobiography Dynamic. Pricing starts at $93,350 including destination for the base Range Rover and climbs to $180,850 for the SVAutobiography Dynamic.
There's also a long wheelbase variant for the Westminster, Autobiography, and SVAutobiography for buyers who want more interior space.
Six different powertrains are offered with the Range Rover. The base model starts with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, while the range-topping trim gets a 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Buyers can also choose from a turbodiesel or a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the middle of the range.
|Engine Type||Trim Level||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|P360 3.0L 6-Cylinder||Range Rover||355 hp||365 lb-ft||20 mpg|
|3.0L V6 Turbodiesel||HSE||255 hp||443 lb-ft||25 mpg|
|P400 3.0L 6-Cylinder||Westminster||395 hp||405 lb-ft||20 mpg|
|P400e 2.0L Plug-In Hybrid||HSE, Autobiography||398 hp||472 lb-ft||42 mpg|
|P525 5.0L Supercharged V8||Westminster, Autobiography||518 hp||461 lb-ft||18 mpg|
|P565 5.0L Supercharged V8||SVAutobiography Dynamic||557 hp||516 lb-ft||16 mpg|
All engines mate with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all models sport four-wheel drive.
While the SVAutobiography Dynamic's V8 makes stupendous power, it's high price limits it to the one-percenters. The rest of us might find it more prudent to step into the P525 V8, which starts at $113,000. It's worth the price of entry, as the V8 has the character and performance fitting of such an SUV.
That said, the 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid is well worth considering. It won't have the chutzpah of the V8, but it's the most powerful option behind the V8s and gets 42 miles per gallon combined to boot.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Despite its size, the Range Rover doesn't offer a third row, so seating capacity caps out at five passengers. On Autobiography and SVAutobiography Dynamic models, Land Rover fits what they call Executive Class Rear Seating, which replaces the standard rear bench with two individual rear seats that are heated, cooled, massaging, and power-adjustable.
The Range Rover is offered with two wheelbases. The longer wheelbase adds 7.6 inches of rear leg room, for a total of 46.8 inches. Standard-wheelbase models come with a still-generous 39.2 inches of rear leg room.
With the standard wheelbase, cargo space behind the rear seats measures out to 34.5 cubic feet; fold down the seat and that expands to 70.9 cubic feet. On long-wheelbase models, there's 77.5 cubic feet of cargo space once the rear seats are folded.
Considering it starts at nearly $100,000, the Range Rover rightfully comes standard with most active safety features, including: automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and front and rear parking sensors.
Step up to the HSE and there's additional standard equipment such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera system, and a driver attention monitor. The Westminster and above also get adaptive cruise control, high-speed automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. These features are available on lower trims through option packages.
Every Range Rover gets two 10-inch touchscreens at the center of the cabin. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is an embedded Spotify app that allows users to play their playlists without connecting their phone.
The upper screen typically handles infotainment duties, but the system is designed so that users may split up the display to show navigation on the top screen and radio controls below. The upper screen can also be angled to mitigate glare. The lower screen handles climate controls and vehicle settings. Changing the drive mode or activating the heated and cooled seats is all done through the lower screen.
The digital gauge cluster measures 12 inches and offers a variety of display options. Other standard features include navigation, wi-fi hot spot capability, satellite and HD radio, and a Meridian audio system. There's also a total of 17 different electrical outlets throughout the Range Rover, including USB ports, 12-volt plugs, 110-volt plugs, and even an NDMI outlet.
A 10-inch full-color head-up display becomes standard on the Westminster and is available lower in the lineup.
The standard Range Rover comes with the base 3.0-liter inline-six, leather upholstery, heated front seats with 16-way power adjustment, a panoramic roof, three-zone climate control, push button start, and keyless entry. On the outside, 19-inch wheels, a power gesture tailgate, and LED lighting provide the curb appeal.
No less than five different safety-minded packages are available. The one we'd focus on is the Drive Pro Pack, which includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, high-speed automatic emergency braking, a driver condition monitor, and traffic sign recognition for $2,170.
Options include a $1,900 19-speaker Meridian audio system and $525 heated rear seats.
Moving into the HSE brings more standard safety features, a choice of the turbodiesel or plug-in hybrid powertrain, and additional amenities. These include 20-inch wheels, 20-way power front seats, heated and power-reclining rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and soft-close doors.
The $1,800 Vision Assist Pack includes a head-up display, automatic high beams, fog lights, and configurable ambient lighting, making it a worthwhile addition.
The Westminster is noted by its standard high-output turbocharged inline-six and available 5.0-liter V8. Newly standard features include adaptive cruise control, the head-up display, 21-inch wheels, front fog lights, four-zone climate control, a front console refrigerator, and perforated Windsor leather.
The Autobiography denotes the truly high-zoot Range Rovers. Engine options are limited to the plug-in hybrid and standard-output V8. Standard equipment includes semi-aniline perforated leather upholstery, a power-deployable center console, executive-class rear seating, and 24-way power front seats with cooling and massage functionality.
A more advanced Terrain Response 2 off-road system, a low-speed trail-intended cruise control, an active rear locking differential, and bright metal pedals round out the list of notable standard features.
The SVAutobiography Dynamic mates the luxury of the Autobiography with the power and bravado of a 557-horsepower V8. It adds unique 21-inch wheels, quilted leather upholstery, special suspension tuning, a perforated leather headliner, and a load of special trim inside and out.
Choosing from the models in the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover lineup, if it were our money, a hybrid HSE looks pretty nice. The price isn't outrageous – unlike the SVAutobiography Dynamic – and it still packs plenty of punch. Thrifty, quick, and well equipped, an HSE is a rational way to buy such an irrational and impressive SUV.