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Range Rover review - price, specs and 0-60 time
When Land Rover introduced the original Range Rover in 1970 nobody could have predicted the influence it would have in the automotive world. It effectively created the upmarket SUV segment, but every car that has copied it remains a pretender to its throne. Nothing, absolutely nothing can go everywhere the Range Rover goes; it's as down and dirty in the mire as its ancient Defender great-granddaddy, yet every bit as prestigious, comfortable and luxurious as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class on Park Lane. More so, even. It’s got agility and performance that belie its ample bulk, especially in Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 form with its 5.4-second 0-62mph pace. In short, the Range Rover is the most complete car money (a lot of it) can buy.
When the price lists include a Holland and Holland version with shotgun carrying equipment you know you’re in the presence of automotive aristocracy. The Range Rover really is a unique proposition. Every rational fibre in your being will tell you to look at the diesel choices - the accomplished 3.0-litre twin-turbo TDV6 and the mighty pairing of the SDV6 Hybrid and 4.4 SDV8 - but treat yourself, forget the crippling fuel bills and choose the ridiculously rapid 5.0-litre Supercharged V8. It gives the Range Rover pace that’s like attaching a scramjet to a country house.
Given that the Range Rover is a better off-road vehicle than absolutely everything, even the people at Bentley have quietly admitted that to chase its off-road prowess with the forthcoming Bentayga is an exercise in futility. That the Range Rover can achieve this is nothing short of remarkable, as on road it comes with no real compromises. We’d be lying if we said it’ll pursue well-driven sports cars on the Route Napoleon, but it’ll hang onto their bumpers for longer than you’d believe possible. Land Rover’s engineers have found a way to cheat physics, up to a point, so the big Range Rover actually handles. The diesels have enough grunt to shorten the bits between the bends too, the 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 all but removing them.
If you had to choose just one car to do everything forever then the Range Rover would be impossible to argue against. It’s just so extraordinarily capable, its breadth of ability unsurpassed. Inside it’s as sumptuously appointed as any of its luxury saloon rivals, while Land Rover offers plentiful personalisation options and even a long-wheelbase version if you’d rather be driven. It's an automotive benchmark that everyone should experience at least once.
Performance and 0-60 time > A Range Rover Sport will charge to 62mph in just 5.1sec thanks to its supercharged 5.0-litre V8. Top speed is limited to 155mph.
Engine and gearbox > The top-of-the-line 5.0-litre V8 boasts 503bhp and 460lb ft of torque. The eight-speed paddleshift gearbox isn’t great for dealing with such torque, so select manual mode for better progress.
Ride and handling > Dynamic mode seems to be the choice setting; air suspension also keeps the Range Rover beautifully composed and controlled.
MPG and running costs > The SDV6 Hybrid claims to achieve a combined 44.1mpg and 169g/km, but no matter how you look at it, owning a Range Rover is expensive.
Prices, specs and rivals > Prices start at £74,000 for the basic Vogue model, and with a 94-page brochure the final price can soar if you tuck into options. The less expensive Range Rover Sport takes on rivals from Germany, such as the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne and Audi A7.
Interior and tech > The tech this car boasts is very impressive, and includes Land Rover’s famed Terrain Response programme, all manner of locking differentials, Hill Hold and a plethora of off-roading trickery. The luxurious interior is befitting of a vehicle at this price point, although the infotainment systems are noticeably ageing.
Design > Land Rover has retained the Range Rover’s original design philosophy – we like it and it works well. The long-wheelbase Range Rover also looks the part.