What's the used Land Rover Range Rover like?
Rare are the truly iconic, but the Range Rover is most definitely among them. It sits with the Mini and the Jaguar E-Type among the pantheon of great British cars, and its inherent rightness, at once utilitarian, at the other a luxury vehicle, has also made it a worldwide success.
This is the current, fourth-generation model. Smartly styled, wonderfully furnished and better to drive in every mode than the versions that went before it, the Range Rover is unassailable in its ability to combine on-road waft with true and outstanding off-road capability.
Inside, the commanding driving position and leather-everywhere approach creates an aura of luxury, and there’s lounging space for five (if you want to fit in seven you’ll need the Range Rover Sport).
Most buyers will opt for one of the two 3.0-litre diesel V6s and be rewarded with strong performance and adequate economy, while the 4.4-litre V8 ups the speed at the expense of heftier fuel bills. There’s also the option of a diesel-electric hybrid on newer models, with impressive on-paper efficiency figures. A couple of 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8s top the bill, with stunning acceleration but equally eye-watering consumption.
And despite its size, the Range Rover always feels manageable and supremely isolated on the road.
It costs a small fortune new, but it begins to make sense as a used buy. However, a reputation for poor build quality and reliability has always handicapped the Range Rover, and although improvements have been made, troubles still blight it.