Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Range Rover is an expensive car, and it’s possible to make it much more expensive with just a brief flirtation with the options list. You can make your money go further with the cheaper Audi Q7 and BMW X7, but even the Range Rover looks good value (at least in the entry-level and mid-spec trims) next to the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Opt for the D300 it won't cost you too much in fuel, because that should average 35mpg on a long run if driven sensibly.
The D300 won’t be a cheap car to pay benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax on, though. The P400e is by far the most affordable for a company car user: it has the lowest CO2 emissions and a decent electric-only range, so it more or less halves the percentage of tax you'll pay compared with the regular petrol and diesel models. Don't forget that the percentage is paid on the P11D value, so you should also stick to the cheaper trims and limit the number of options you add for the lowest BIK.
Equipment, options and extras
Entry-level Vogue trim has plenty of kit, so we'd recommend sticking with that. You get Windsor leather seats, heated seats in the front, a heated steering wheel, three-zone climate control, walnut veneer, keyless entry, a gesture-controlled powered tailgate, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, power-folding door mirrors, a fixed panoramic glass roof, cruise control, and we've already mentioned the 20-way electric front seats, the infotainment system, the adaptive LED headlights and the parking aids. What more do you really need?
Still, all Range Rovers have 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. You get automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-departure warning as standard on Vogue trim, while Vogue SE adds a rear-cross traffic alert that stops the car if you're reversing out a driveway into the path of another vehicle, exit alert that warns if your opening a door into the path of a passing cyclist, blindspot monitoring, a driver fatigue monitor and traffic sign recognition. Lane-keeping assistance, which actually operates the steering if you wander out of your lane, is added from Autobiography trim.
The car's anti-theft technology is state of the art, too, prompting Thatcham Research 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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