Range Rover Review 2024

Range Rover At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
One of the original luxury SUVs, the Range Rover continues to deliver huge road presence and real off-road ability. Such capabilities do not come cheap, though.

+Supremely cosseting ride comfort. Extensive engine range, including economical plug-in hybrids. Plush, high-quality cabin.

-High purchase price and running costs. Long options list quickly adds extra expense. Reliability worries.

New prices start from £94,400

The original Range Rover helped start the trend for luxury SUVs, and this latest fifth-generation model is the most archetypal expression of that genre. There may be far more competition today, from the Bentley Bentayga to the vast Mercedes-Benz GLS, but the Range Rover is still hard to beat.

In fact, as our Range Rover review will show, it has more rivals than simply other luxury SUVs. Such is its combination of space, refinement and ability, it presents itself as a compelling alternative to premium saloons such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or another German offering, the BMW 7 Series.

The new, fifth-generation Range Rover is bigger than ever before, and allows it to be specified in long-wheelbase format. For the first time ever, there is also the option of a seven-seat layout, bringing three rows of chairs to the Range Rover’s roomy cabin.

Alternatively, you can choose a four-seat setup for the ultimate in chauffeur-driven luxury.

The interior is influenced by the third-generation model, released in 2001. The result is a clean and simple layout, made from high-quality materials, but without an overload of infotainment displays.

A 13.1-inch multimedia touchscreen is supported by a digital instrument panel, along with impressive Meridian sound systems that incorporate noise-cancelling technology.

Being packed with technology, plus luxury fittings such as 20-way electrically adjustable seats, means the Range Rover has a considerable kerbweight. Even the smallest version weighs 2500kg, which has an obvious effect on how it stops and handles.

Then again, you get standard air suspension, active anti-roll bars and all-wheel steering, all of which endow the Range Rover with a surprising degree of agility. Off-road, Land Rover has ensured the latest Range Rover remains just as capable as its predecessors.

Buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to powertrains, thanks to the seven different engines on offer. This includes three petrol units, two diesels and two plug-in hybrids. A full-electric model will join the range in late 2023.

Despite this choice, most buyers will be more than happy with one of the diesels. They are somewhat unfashionable now, but the D300 and D350 provide ample power and performance, along with genuine refinement.

The plug-in hybrid versions are attractive options, too, with the potential for official fuel economy of up to 386mpg, plus the ability to cover 74 miles on battery power alone.

They do increase the price tag, but everything is relative in the realm of an SUV that can cost up to £192,000 before you start adding options.

In fact, price is the only area where the Range Rover becomes hard to justify. While the standard spec list is lengthy, the one for options is even longer.

Customising and personalising a Range Rover to your exact taste sounds like an attractive option, but it can make the price tag truly stratospheric.

Nonetheless, a fully loaded Range Rover is still more affordable than a Rolls-Royce Cullinan, yet it comes close to matching that car’s level of opulence and grandeur.

With more choice than ever before, the fifth-generation Range Rover stands as a genuine masterclass in the luxury SUV world.

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