Range Rover (2013 – 2022) Review

Range Rover (2013 – 2022) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
If your posh outdoorsy lifestyle isn’t just for show, and you genuinely need a car that’ll tow a horsebox off the gymkana field and to your stables, then the Range Rover is the only choice for you.

+Vastly improved handling compared to the previous model, impeccable interior, as superb off road as always.

-Infotainment system could be a bit slicker, doesn’t handle as sharply as rivals, iffy reliability record down the years.

Insurance Groups are between 45–50
On average it achieves 83% of the official MPG figure

There are plenty of other luxury SUVs out there, but none of them perform such tasks anywhere near as well (if at all) as the Range Rover. And fear not: despite this impressive go-anywhere ability, the Range Rover also has the luxury part more than covered, with a sumptuously finished interior, huge passenger and luggage space, and lashings of luxury equipment. Yes, you’ll pay handsomely for it, but you’ll never feel short-changed.

Huge luxury SUVs are everywhere these days, but this is a trick that the Range Rover has been pulling for decades. There’s some debate over whether Land Rover’s flagship was the very first luxury 4x4, and that’s not a debate we’re going to wade into right now, but what’s certain is that the Range Rover is very much the yardstick by which all other cars of this type are measured.

The latest version follows the same recipe written by its predecessors: have the off-roading ability needed to tow a horsebox off a muddy polo field by day, and by night (after a hose-down, naturally), have the luxury, sophistication and image to let you ‘arrive’ at your favourite Kensington Brasserie.

What’s more, the latest car does all that better than ever before. Land Rover’s flagship has every ounce of the firm’s considerable off-roading know-how thrown into it, so when you’re deep in the countryside, it’ll do things and take you places you might not think possible in a car.

Put it on a road, meanwhile, and it’ll waft you gently along with all the comfort and refinement of a luxury limousine. Granted, it’s not the sharpest-handling car of its type, but who cares when it’s this imperious?

The interior is also the definition of what a luxury car should be. It’s incredibly well made from wonderfully classy materials, and it comes stuffed with all the creature comforts you could possibly think of. There’s bags of space for its well-heeled occupants to spread themselves out, and there’s room in the enormous boot for any number of Burberry bags.

These days, the Range Rover has even gone eco-friendly. Well, kind of. The car is around half a tonne lighter than its predecessor, meaning much better fuel economy across the board, and now, there’s even a plug-in hybrid version that’s capable of doing around 25 miles on electric propulsion alone.

Diesel engines still represent the mainstays of the range, though, the entry-level V6 being our favourite, but if you really want to stick two fingers up at the Greta Thunberg brigade, you can also have a supercharged 5.0-litre petrol V8 with 565PS. Yikes.

Yes, whichever version of the Range Rover you pick, it’s expensive, both to buy and to run. But when a car has such an enormous breadth of abilities, and genuinely does something no other car can do, don’t you think it’s worth it?

Ask Honest John

What Thatcham category is the 2016 Range Rover alarm?

"What is the Thatcham category of 2016 Range Rover alarm immobiliser?"
If your Range Rover is fitted with the standard factory security system we would expect this to be Thatcham Category 1 rated, as it includes an alarm and immobiliser.
Answered by David Ross

Am I entitled to a courtesy car for recall work?

"My Range Rover has a recall on it but I didn't receive any paperwork about it and it has now come down with the problem. It is now undriveable and back at a Land Rover garage waiting to be repaired. It's going to take weeks and they told me no courtesy cars are available, am I entitled to a car because I have to wait so long?"
Unfortunately the offering of courtesy cars is entirely at the discretion of the dealership, so if they are unable to offer you one then there is no recourse available. You could ask for a contribution towards the cost of a hire car while your vehicle is being repaired on the basis that you were not informed of the recall, but again this would be at the dealer's discretion.
Answered by David Ross

My insurer have increased my premium even though I didn't make a claim - can they do this?

"I contacted my insurers to inquire about getting some vandalism repaired on my Range Rover, but it turned out the excess on my policy (which also has protected NCB) was more than the cost of repairs so I did not proceed with the claim. Now I find the insurers are telling other companies who inquire that I have a claim against my policy. Are they allowed to do this? My daughter just passed her test and insured her first car adding me as a named driver - her insurers then added £120 to her premium because my insurers told them I had this "claim". Is there anything I can do to get them to stop this?"
In short, no. Your insurer cannot penalise you for enquiring about a claim. Contact your insurer and raise a complaint. Demand they take these details off CUE, the underwriting database. Someone has logged a claim when they should not have done. Contact the financial ombudsman service and raise a complaint with them as well, should the insurer not resolve your situation to your satisfaction.
Answered by Tim Kelly

Our new car will be off the road for three months with a fault - what are our options?

"I bought a new Range Rover but when we picked it up there was an airbag light on on the dashboard. We thought this was the indication that the front passenger airbag was turned of, so we could carry infants in the front seat, so did nothing about it as we carried our newly born granddaughter in there regularly. When we sent it in for its 1st service Land Rover informed us that we could not have the car back as it had a serious safety problem with the drivers airbag and the car could not be driven. It has since been proven through the ECU that the fault was on the car the day we picked it up, and should have been picked up on the PDI. The car is going to be of the road for another month they have now offered us a loan vehicle, which we have declined at the moment. What are our options with this vehicle and what is the retailers responsibility? They are offering us £1500 plus just over a months depreciation and in total the car will be off the road over 3 months."
If they have offered you an equivalent loan vehicle for the period during which your car is being fixed then I fail to understand why you have refused this. Though the fault was present from day 1, they are telling you it is repairable so Clegg v Olle Andersson, House of Lords, 2003 probably does not apply. If you were to take the matter to court (at colossal expense) and if you were to get a ruling in your favour (not guaranteed) the dealer is still entitled to charge you for your use of the car for 8000 miles, though you could counter that with a charge of "wreckless endangerment" in allowing you to drive away in a car with a serious SRS fault. They might them counter that the light warned you of the fault and you should have brought the car back to them immediately. All a bit of a mess legally. Take professional (paid for) advice by all means, but mine is to accept the loan car and the repair and only reject your car if they fail to carry out the repair correctly. (If you were planning a foreign touring holiday then the dealer has to insure the loan car for you to undertake that.)
Answered by Honest John
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