Used Land Rover Range Rover 4x4 1994 - 2002 review

Category: Luxury SUV

An amazing blend of abilities, but it'll cost you

Used Land Rover Range Rover 4x4 1994 - 2002
  • Used Land Rover Range Rover 4x4 1994 - 2002
  • Used Land Rover Range Rover 4x4 1994 - 2002
Used Land Rover Range Rover 4x4 1994 - 2002 review
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What's the used Land Rover Range Rover 4x4 like?

The Range Rover lives very much in a world of its own, somehow managing to be a success as both an off-roader and a luxury car. Inside, it positively reeks of Englishness, with a classic wood- and leather-trimmed interior that's bigger than a Jeep Grand Cherokee's. Yet, it's also amazingly capable off-road.

If there is a criticism, it's that the quality of some of the materials is below what you'd expect in such an expensive car. True, it's hardly what you'd call bad, but it is certainly not quite as classy as, say, a Mercedes S-Class.


An amazing blend of abilities, but it'll cost you

  • It's a luxurious motor with lots of off-road ability
  • Reliability is poor, they're dear to buy and run and the diesel engines are slow

Given the car's abilities off-road, you also can't really complain about how it drives on-road. The air suspension rides remarkably well and ensures the Range Rover doesn't suffer from the floaty feeling you can get in some 4x4s. Plus, the ride height can be raised and lowered to cope with changing conditions off-road.

Ownership cost

What used Land Rover Range Rover 4x4 will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Land Rover Range Rover 4x4?

Compared with almost any other 4x4, the Range Rover looks expensive to buy. It's only when you look at it next to luxury cars such as the Lexus LS or Jaguar XJ that it starts to look like sensible value.

Again, by 4x4 standards, the Range Rover's running costs look prohibitively expensive, but next to luxury cars', they're not too bad. Insuring and servicing a Range Rover won't actually cost much more than a Discovery, for example, and it's much cheaper in both respects than a Lexus or Jaguar.

Only fuel economy and repairs are frightening prospects. Even the diesel versions return just 27.5mpg on the combined cycle, and you'll struggle to see much more than 20mpg from any of the petrol engines. Warranty Direct tells us that, when you need to have repairs done, not only are average labour rates among the highest, so are average repair bills.

Our recommendations

Which used Land Rover Range Rover 4x4 should I buy?

A big car needs a big engine, but the Range Rover's smallest, a 2.5-litre turbodiesel from BMW, just isn't big enough to haul around two-and-a-half tonnes of luxury 4x4. We'd avoid this sluggish TD model unless you want fuel economy above all else.

On the other hand, assuming that if you can afford a Range Rover in the first place, fuelling it won't be a problem, we'd recommend the 4.0-litre V8, and preferably the version from October 1999 (V-reg), which had more pulling power. The 4.6 V8 brings an obvious boost in performance without any effect on the fuel economy.

Given the high price of the Range Rover and the amount of equipment on every model, there's no need to buy anything more than basic model; even if you ignore the more expensive SE and HSE models, you won't feel short-changed.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Land Rover Range Rover 4x4?