Range Rover review - hugely capable, but can it compete with saloon rivals for luxury? - Engine and Gearbox

Everything to everybody, everywhere - the Range Rover is unsurpassed.

Evo rating
from £74,950
  • Country royalty that’s also at home in the cut and thrust of the city
  • You’ll need to be on the Civil List to buy and run one

Engine and gearbox

Four powertrain choices, including one hybrid, are available, while all Range Rovers are fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels. That auto is a slick unit, shifting its numerous ratios with near imperceptible swiftness, which makes the manual override via the paddles seem unnecessary. Off-road, Land Rover’s Terrain Response system makes testing topography a breeze; simply pick the icon that best describes the landscape ahead and the Range Rover will adjust its suspension, throttle mapping and differentials accordingly.

That’s true even in the hybrid, it wading, crawling and clambering just as well as the rest of the Range Rover line-up. It uses the base 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine and adds an electric motor to its gearbox for a combined power output of 335bhp. That matches the TDV8, even if its peak torque output is not quite as high at 516lb ft (over the SDV8’s 545lb ft), but delivered over a wider range - from 1,500- to 3,000rpm compared to the SDV8’s 1,750- to 2,250rpm torque band. The TDV6 produces 254bhp and 442lb ft of torque, while the 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged tops the line-up with 502bhp and 461lb ft of torque.   

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