- Ferocious acceleration (supercharged V-8)
- Refined, efficient diesel engine
- Responsive transmission
- Comfortable, quiet ride
- Richly appointed cabin
- Forward visibility
Land Rover’s flagship Range Rover SUV seats up to five and uses aluminum construction to save weight. Buyers have a choice of a new mild-hybrid drivetrain rated at 355 or 395 horsepower that features a turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine; a 254-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6; a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that makes 398 hp; or a 518- or 557-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. All trim levels come with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Range Rover comes in two sizes, with the long-wheelbase version adding 7.3 inches of rear legroom and limousinelike amenities such as reclining and massaging rear seats. Competitors include the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Lexus LX 570.
New P360 and P400 versions of the Range Rover use a mild-hybrid drivetrain with a turbocharged inline-six engine. The P360 is rated at 355 hp while the P400 makes 395 hp. New 22-inch wheels are available in a gloss-black finish.
Though most owners will seldom venture off paved roads, the Range Rover is one of the more capable SUVs available, with a sophisticated 4WD system that allows it to go almost anywhere, an adjustable air suspension and the ability to wade through 35 inches of water. The Range Rover also spoils occupants with opulent interior furnishings and a quiet, comfortable ride. An impressive array of safety and driver-assistance features also are available, including parallel and perpendicular parking assist, high-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability and steering assist.
The base trim level costs more than $90,000 and the top-shelf SVAutobiography trim tops $200,000, so the Range Rover is clearly for high rollers. It is extremely capable on- and off-road, and it offers a suite of amenities that few vehicles can match, but Land Rover has yet to establish a consistent record for reliability and dependability like competitors such as Lexus.
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