The Range Rover was once a rugged and tough workhorse. Now, it is the flagship Land Rover model with a luxurious cabin, tech goodies and a six-figure cost. The Range Rover is still capable off-road, maybe even more than the original, but it can also tackle suburban roads and trails. It offers a comfortable ride, leather-upholstered seats, real wood trim and touchscreen infotainment. Its boxy exterior is associated with wealth and status. So, parking one in your driveway will be like having a Rolex Submariner on your wrist or Manolo Blahniks on your feet. The Range Rover isn’t without its faults. It has poor fuel economy, poor driving dynamics, and a buggy infotainment system. The Range Rover is the SUV for you if luxury and status are your top priorities.
What’s new for 2020?
The plug-in hybrid powertrain is finally available on 2020 Range Rover models after a delay of a year. The electrified powertrain, also known as P400e is a turbocharged 2.0-liter fourcylinder engine and an electric motor. They make 398 combined horsepower and can power the Range Rover for up 31 miles using electricity. This is not the only powertrain update for 2020. The base V-6 engine has been replaced by a turbocharged six-cylinder with electric assist. It produces 355 horsepower in the P360 and 395 in the HSE P400. The Range Rover also receives the optional Black exterior design package. This adds darkened exterior trim and two new colors to the palette–Eiger Grey, Portofino Blue, and Shadow Walnut wood trim. This year, Land Rover celebrates 50 years of Range Rover with a special edition called Range Rover Fifty. Only 1970 examples will ever be made.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
Long-wheelbase HSE offers more legroom for rear-seat passengers, and its proportions are slightly better. It is also mid-range between the base model’s lower price and the ridiculously expensive SV Autobiography model. Land Rover can only fit the longer models with the V-8 engine. Buyers have the option to choose between the 518- and 557-hp versions. The HSE long-wheelbase comes standard with many luxuries including heated front seats (20-way adjustable), three-zone automatic climate control and a 10.0-inch touchscreen. There is also a Meridian audio system (380 watts), lane-keeping aid, blind spot monitoring, 21-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, Windsor leather upholstery, and a Meridian audio system. Land Rover offers a variety of options and accessories that allow buyers to customize their Range Rover.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
There are four powertrain options for Range Rover. The entry-level model has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that is assisted by an electric motor to create a mild-hybrid system. The top-of the line models have a powerful supercharged V-8. A diesel V-6 and a plug-in hybrid are also available. Each Range Rover is equipped with an eight-speed auto transmission and a selectable all wheel-drive system. We don’t have recent test numbers for a Range Rover with the standard inline-six; the diesel Range Rover we tested in 2016 delivered acceptable-but-relaxed acceleration times. However, the V-8 delivers astonishingly fast acceleration, and even the most dedicated environmentalists will admit that it sounds amazing. The SV Autobiography models, which are sporty, do a remarkable job controlling body roll. However, fore-aft pitch is a problem throughout the range. Although it drives well enough if you don’t press, Land Rover’s over-the-road agility is not up to par with high-performance SUVs like the BMW X5 M or the Mercedes-AMG GLS63. These handling issues can be forgiven when you consider Range Rover’s offroad capabilities, which are still outstanding.
Battery Life, Charging, Range
A 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers the P400e plug in hybrid powertrain. It is located underneath the rear cargo floor. The battery can be charged on a 120-volt outlet, but it takes around 14 hours to fully charge. A 240-volt outlet is recommended. Public charging stations are also available. Land Rover claims that the Range Rover P400e will deliver 31 miles of electric driving range on a single charge.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
Only one of the three gasoline engines in the Range Rover is capable of achieving true efficiency. That’s the diesel. Three Range Rovers were tested on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route. A 2016 diesel model returned a respectable 27 mpg, but fell 1 mpg below its EPA rating. Meanwhile, a pair 2017 Range Rovers with the supercharged V-8 engines returned 19 mpg (long-wheelbase) and 20 mpg respectively. The new plug-in hybrid and base inline-six-hybrid engines have not been tested on our fuel-economy route.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Each Range Rover comes with leather seats and a heated leather steering column. The leather extends to the headliner on the higher-end models. There is also a massage function and the option to swap the carpet for beautifully finished wood. The metal armrest-adjustment knobs and satin-brushed metal cupholders are all included in the top-of-the line SV Autobiography models. Although the Range’s 32 cubic foot cargo area behind the second row is impressive, it is actually quite low in its class. It can still hold 13 carry-on bags when the back seats are used, which is enough to accommodate most families of four or five people.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The InControl Touch Pro duo infotainment system was first introduced on the Range Rover Velar crossover. It quickly spread to the rest of the Range Rover lineup. The main screen is glossy and tilts out from your dashboard when the Range Rover starts up. It looks great and we have noticed some hiccups as well as buggy behavior in our long-term Velar tester vehicle. Lower on the dashboard is the secondary screen that provides access to climate controls, vehicle settings and driving modes. Some editors complained that the secondary screen is too complicated and the buttons are hard to use while driving. Both Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto are standard features across the entire lineup.