If you want sports car performance from your luxury SUV, go for the supercharged V8 petrol, which serves up almost indecent pace. However, most buyers will be served better by either of the diesels.
Both the V6 and V8 are smooth and plenty fast enough when getting up to speed or overtaking. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to notice the V6’s slightly inferior shove, so that’s the motor we’d recommend.
We’ve yet to try the 335bhp V6 petrol option, but since it’s shared with sister brand Jaguar’s F-Type sports car, you can bet it offers considerable pace.
Unsurprisingly, the hybrid SDV6 offers stronger low-rev performance than the base V6 and better economy too, but it’s not as good to drive as the SDV8 version, which is the better choice if you’ve got this much money to spend.
Land Rover Range Rover ride comfort
The Range Rover has been designed to cope with surfaces that resemble the Moon, so even the worst British roads don’t pose much of a problem.
All editions of the car get cross-linked air suspension as standard, and it provides a mix of supple ride and body control that most luxury saloons can’t match, let alone any other SUV. You can also raise and lower the entire car by pressing buttons on the centre console. Access height lowers the car to aid getting in, while off-road height raises the car up to help tackle muddy terrain.
Land Rover Range Rover handling
You never forget that you're driving a tall, two-tonne, top-heavy SUV when you're behind the wheel of the Range Rover, but the car is more agile than you may expect. It feels precise and inspires confidence in most situations, allowing you to place it accurately on the road.
Should you decide to really chuck the Range Rover at a twisty B-road, though, it does start to pitch and lean more in bends than you’d like. Even a well-sorted car of this size and height has its limits.
Land Rover Range Rover refinement
Refinement is one of the Range Rover’s strongest areas. It’s particularly impressive cruising at high speeds, when it does an excellent job of isolating you from the elements, thanks in part to an acoustically laminated windscreen that’s standard on all versions. It’s more hushed than most luxury saloons, in fact; only the Mercedes S-Class can claim to be quieter.
Engine noise isn’t an issue with any of the units on offer, but the cultured note of the V6 diesel is especially impressive.
We’ve yet to try this 335bhp petrol option, but as it’s shared with Jaguar’s F-Type sports car we’d expect it to offer heady performance, even in a car as big as the Range Rover.
Our pick 3.0 TDV6
The 3.0-litre V6 diesel edition has more than enough low-end pulling power to make for swift progress. You gain in efficiency, too, since the V6 offers CO2 emissions of 196g/km and scored more than 33mpg in our real-world True MPG test.
3.0 SDV6 Hybrid
Combines the 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine from the SDV6 with an electric motor to boost efficiency and performance. It’s not a plug-in hybrid, however, so doesn’t have the ultra-low CO2 emissions of some rivals. It offers stronger low-rev performance than the SDV6 and better economy, but it’s not as good to drive as the SDV8 version, which is the better choice if you’ve got this much money to spend.
The more potent diesel in the line-up has 334bhp and 516lb ft, and it’s undeniably faster than the V6. However, the difference between the two motors isn’t colossal in real-world use and you do pay a penalty with a heftier list price and higher CO2 emissions, at 229g/km.
The only Range Rover petrol option is a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 with 503bhp. It has bags of performance in hand but in the real world it’s little faster than either of the diesels. It’s also embarrassingly inefficient, with CO2 emissions at an eye-watering 299g/km.