Range Rover (2013-present)

The ultimate go-anywhere luxury car

Strengths & Weaknesses


Spacious, luxurious interior
Large boot
Great off-road


Expensive to buy
Expensive to run
Big, but only has 5 seats

The Range Rover has a rich heritage of ruggedness and being utilitarian, but it has become one of the most luxurious cars on sale, blending a unique combination of luxury and off-road ability in one expensive package.

It competes with other large luxury SUVs such as the Mercedes GLS, but also luxury saloon cars like the Mercedes S-Class and Jaguar XJ. The Range Rover comes with a range of strong diesel engines, both V6 and V8 - including a diesel hybrid - plus a powerful V8 petrol if running costs aren’t too much of a concern for you. There is also a choice of length - standard wheelbase or long wheelbase (LWB). The LWB model is more expensive than the standard wheelbase and only available higher up the range, but the extra length means there’s limo-like legroom in the rear seats. However, there’s no seven-seat option, despite its size, so if you want something with more seats then you’ll have to go for the Range Rover Sport.

Inside, the Range Rover has one of the finest interiors of any car on sale. There is plenty of expensive-feeling leather, metal and wood trim throughout, and everything you touch feels beautifully made. As you’d expect in a car of this size, there’s plenty of room for five to sit comfortably, while the electric tailgate opens to reveal a large boot. You can also specify what kind of seating, so you can have four ‘executive style’ seats instead of five standard seats, plus you can also venture into the extensive options list and specify things like a fridge, wine cooler and entertainment for rear seat passengers.

On the road, the Range Rover isn’t a sports car, so you’ll notice it leaning over to one side when going around bends, but if you approach like a big, comfortable luxurious car, then you won’t be disappointed. It’s incredibly quiet and refined at all speeds, while the 8-speed automatic gearbox is smooth and responsive when you put your foot down.

The Range Rover isn’t just about showing off and cruising around, though. If you need it to, it will also go pretty much anywhere off-road, taking advantage of Land Rover’s rich history in building cars with fantastic off-road ability. It’s all controlled via Land Rover’s Terrain Response system which adjusts the car’s suspension and traction control systems to suit the surface the car is being driven on.

The Range Rover isn’t a cheap car to run in any form - but to keep costs as low as possible then the Hybrid is the cheapest, however it has a high purchase price. The smallest diesel - the 3.0 TDV6 - is smooth and powerful enough for most drivers, so you probably won’t need to opt for the more powerful (and more expensive) 4.4 SDV8.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 16:30

Key facts 

3 years, unlimited mileage
Boot size: 
550 litres
Tax (min to max): 
£225-£505 per year

Best Land Rover Range Rover for... 

Range Rover 3.0 SDV6 HEV Autobiography
No Range Rover is cheap to run, but the diesel hybrid model returns up to 44.1mpg and has an annual tax bill of £205 thanks to CO2 emissions of 169g/km. It’s a niche choice, though, especially as it costs more than £100,000 to buy in the first place.
Range Rover 3.0 TDV6 Vogue SE
The 3.0 TDV6 is the best choice in the range thanks to plenty of power and claimed economy of just over 40mpg. Vogue SE trim has luxuries such as an electric tailgate that will assist with family life. You can also add screens for rear passengers as well as a fridge to keep children happy on long journeys.
Range Rover 5.0 V8 SVAutobiography SWB
Fitted with the 542bhp supercharged V8 engine, the Range Rover will go from 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 155mph. It’s incredibly quick for such a large car, but you’ll pay for it with regular visits to the petrol station.
Range Rover 5.0 V8 SV Autobiography LWB
Not only does this model cost £165,500 to buy, you’ll be lucky to get more than 20mpg in everyday driving. You’ll also have a £505 tax bill to shell out for. The supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine may sound good, but it’s not a cheap car to run. Although, if you can afford the price, running costs might not be an issue.

Land Rover Range Rover History 

August 2012 - Range Rover first revealed
September 2012 - Officially launched with prices starting at £71,295
September 2013 - Hybrid diesel version added to the range
July 2014 - Updates across the range including new wheels, colours and tweaks to the equipment lists. Long wheelbase Autobiography Black added to the range

Understanding Land Rover Range Rover car names 

  • Range Rover
  • Trim
  • Engine
  • Trim
    Vogue is the basic trim level, with more equipment offered on higher trims through Vogue SE and Autobiography to SV Autobiography

Land Rover Range Rover Engines 

Engines: Diesel - 3.0 TDV6, 4.4 SDV8; Petrol - 5.0 V8; Hybrid - 3.0 SDV6 HEV

The Range Rover engine range is quite easy to get your head around. There are two diesels, one diesel hybrid and a V8 petrol. The 3.0 TDV6 diesel is the smallest and least powerful, but it’s also one of the most economical to run. It’s got 254bhp and is incredibly quiet at all times, so it’s the one to go for if you’re mindful of running costs.

The diesel hybrid has the most impressive economy figures, though, claiming 46mpg. It’s also just as fast as the V8 diesel from 0-62mph, however this engine is only available higher up the range and will cost significantly more to buy in the first place.

The 4.4-litre SDV8 engine is very powerful and moves the Range Rover along with ease. It’s quick, too, going from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, which is about as quick as a sporty hatchback.

If you want outright performance, the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol will be the one for you. It has a fantastic engine note and feels as fast as, if not faster than, a high-performance hatchback or sports car, but it also has the running costs of one. You’ll struggle to get more than 20mpg even if you drive it sensibly.



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Land Rover Range Rover Trims 

Trims: Vogue, Vogue SE, Autobiography, SVAutobiography

As you’d expect from a car costing more than £70,000 even in ‘entry-level’ trim, the Range Rover comes very well equipped.

Vogue models have full leather seats which are heated and electrically adjustable for front passengers, a high-quality Meridian sound system and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Step up to Vogue SE and you’ll get an electrically-operated tailgate, heating and cooling functions for the front seats and greater adjustment for the seats.

Range Rover Autobiography models add a panoramic glass sunroof, brighter xenon headlamps, an even higher-quality Meridian stereo and the option to choose the car in long-wheelbase form.

The SVAutobiography has been created by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division and comes with an extensive list of luxurious standard equipment. The list includes heated and cooled front seats with massage function, DAB radio, four-zone climate control, digital TV, Meridian stereo, keyless entry, surround-view cameras, a stabilisation system for when the car is used for towing and air suspension which levels itself.

Despite the SVAutobiography’s already high list price, you can add to its equipment roster with things like executive seating, entertainment packs, special paint and different alloy wheel options.

Land Rover Range Rover Reliability and warranty 

While Land Rover has a reputation for building cars that look stylish and feel solid and luxurious, the reliability record is less than impressive. Owners reiterate this point and the Range Rover came 160th out of 200 in the 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Land Rover as a brand came in a disappointing 29th place out of 32 brands, too.

Main issues with the Range Rover centre around electrical problems, which afflicted early models. These seem to have been ironed out with later models, but repair bills for Range Rovers can be very expensive. The electrical components are now less complex and more reliable than they were.

The Range Rover comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty, so you’ll be covered for a generous length of time and miles. You might want to look at something like the Toyota Landcruiser, though, if you want something with longer cover. This has a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Used Land Rover Range Rover 

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Best for performance

Range Rover 5.0 V8 SVAutobiography












Best for families

Range Rover 3.0 TDV6 Vogue SE












Best for economy

Range Rover 3.0 SDV6 HEV Autobiography