The Range Rover is an expensive car, and it’s possible to make it much more expensive with even a brief flirtation with the options list. It won’t be a cheap car to run or pay tax on, either, but the V6 diesel is by far the most affordable, since it dips under the 200g/km mark on CO2 emissions (the SDV6 Hybrid is even cleaner emitting just 164g/km, but a high list price mitigates any real savings). If you choose the former engine and keep the spec sensible, you shouldn’t lose out too badly on depreciation; all models hold their value reasonably well.
Land Rover Range Rover equipment
If your financial limit is entry-level Vogue spec, then don’t worry; even the most basic edition in the range has plenty of kit as standard, with everything from cruise and climate control to a central infotainment system that includes DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a digital TV receiver. The sweet spot of the range is probably Vogue SE, which adds a ‘dual-view’ screen that allows the front passenger to watch different content from the driver, and more adjustability on the driver’s seat, and an 825W surround sound system (the standard car gets a more humble 380W set-up). .
At the top end of the range Autobiography cars get more lavish materials in the cabin, a massage function on the front seats, a sliding panoramic roof and 21in alloy wheels - or 22in items if you’re buying the V8 petrol.
The SV Autobiography model, meanwhile, has a 1700W Meridian audio system, two infotainment screens and deployable leather-trimmed tables. And then there’s the SV Autobiography Dynamic, offers a lower ride height and special side vents and front grille, as well as more driver-focused chassis settings.
Land Rover Range Rover reliability
Despite the rugged reputation of the brand, Land Rovers don’t actually have a stellar reputation for reliability. Our latest reliability survey backs this up, because the brand finished in an awful 37th overall; that’s just one position off rock bottom.
This Range Rover is still too new to have featured in our customer satisfaction survey but the old model ranked in 61st overall - hardly a confidence-inspiring performance.
Land Rover Range Rover safety & security
All Range Rovers get highly sophisticated electronic systems to keep you on the straight and narrow, and that applies whether you’re on an A-road or venturing into the wilderness. The car has received a maximum five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP - although the organisation was less enthused about its performance in collisions with pedestrians. You also get automatic emergency braking and a lane departure warning as standard, while the options list includes blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assistance.
The anti-theft technology is state of the art too, prompting security consultant Thatcham to award the car the maximum five stars for resisting being stolen, and four out of five for resisting being broken into.
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The entry-level trim gets plenty of kit regardless, including a heated windscreen, folding door mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, metallic paint, 20in alloys, leather seats, cruise control and an 8in touch-screen infotainment system that incorporates DAB radio, digital TV and Bluetooth connectivity.
Our pick Vogue SE
The mid-spec Vogue adds a few extra features, and it looks the sweet spot of the range. You get a ‘dual-view’ screen that allows your front passenger to watch different content from the driver, there's more adjustability on the driver’s seat, and the headlights will dip their beam automatically.
It has a lavish specification that befits its sky-high price, with a sliding panoramic roof, 21in alloys (22in on the V8 petrol), massaging front seats and a heated leather/wood steering wheel. You also get illuminated kick plates on the door sills.
A range-topper with a spec to match. On top of all that the lesser models have, it gets a adaptive xenon lights with signature lighting, a 1700W Meridian sound system, a rear-seat entertainment set-up, a 360-degree parking system and a specialised Land Rover handover experience.
SV Autobiography Dynamic
This range-topping version gets all the luxury of the SV Autobiography models, but also a lower ride height and driver-focused chassis settings designed to offer a more involving drive.