- Exceptional quality
- Comfortable, refined ride
- Impressive off-road ability
- Expensive to buy
- Poor reliability record
- V8 petrol is unbelievably thirsty
Exceptional SUV combines luxury with serious off-road ability
The Range Rover is one of the most iconic British production cars ever to have been built. Since its first introduction in 1970, the Range Rover has become the quintessential luxury SUV. Combining extraordinary off-road ability, with limo-like refinement, the Range Rover is as much a rival for a Bentley, as it is the Toyota Land Cruiser. The latest Range Rover is lighter than ever, so it’s much better to drive than previous models. It also incorporates the very latest in modern technology, features an incredible interior, and is sumptuously comfortable. The Range Rover really is the ultimate car, because it can do absolutely anything.
The fourth-generation Range Rover, introduced in 2012, is the first to incorporate hybrid technology in its range.
Beautifully crafted cabin, spacious interior, and exceptional storage
If there’s one area in which the Range Rover trumps all of its rivals, it’s in its interior. When you step into the Range Rover it’ll take your breath away - there’s no car that comes close when it comes to luxury. There’s also plenty of practical storage space, and lots of equipment, even in entry-level models.
The cabin design of the Range Rover is as far away from a rugged SUV as you can imagine. Everything is built to an exceptionally high standard, with only the best materials used throughout. The design is attractive, simple, and elegant, whilst controls are well-placed, well-damped, and easy to use. There’s also a mood lighting system on most models, which allows drivers to choose from up to 10 different colours, so it’s possible to set exactly the right mood in any situation. It’s almost hard to believe that you’re in a car, rather than a five-star hotel.
The Range Rover also impresses when it comes to space. There’s ample room for five passengers to sit in idle luxury, even for longer journeys. If you’re travelling with a lot of luggage, there’s more than enough room in the boot. The electric split-tailgate opens out onto a huge 909 litre storage space. That’s enough for a couple of sets of golf clubs, or a fully family’s worth of travel luggage.
Equipment levels in the Range Rover are also hugely impressive. The options list is expensive, but you’re unlikely to need it. Even the ‘entry-level’ Vogue trim comes with cruise control, climate control, and an excellent touchscreen infotainment, that incorporates a DAB radio, Bluetooth, sat-nav, and even a digital TV receiver in its arsenal.
There is little to fault with the inside of the Range Rover. If you can find a car that’s more luxurious on the inside, you may well be losing your senses. It’s well-built, spacious, and generously equipped to boot.
Comfortable, refined, and excellent off-road
The Range Rover is one of the most impressive SUVs when it comes to off-road ability, but most buyers will never take full advantage of this. Its on-road capability is thankfully, just as impressive. For a car of its size and capabilities, the Range Rover is surprisingly nimble. Steering also offers plenty of feedback, so you can confidently throw it into a B-road bend. There is a little bit of body roll at speed however, but it really is a miniscule negative.
Suspension and Chassis
Ride refinement is exceptional in the Range Rover. It’s comfortable even in the most extreme situations. The chassis and suspension are engineered to the highest degree, and the everyday annoyances that you’re likely to encounter in a normal car, such as potholes and loose road surfaces, are barely noticeable in a Range Rover. There’s also barely any wind, road, and engine noise, which makes the Range Rover an excellent motorway cruiser.
All Range Rover’s come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, so manual drivers will have to convert. It shouldn’t the most difficult of transitions however, as the automatic in the Range-Rover is impressive. It’s smooth around town, whilst it will also respond quickly to when you need a sudden burst of acceleration. It really is an outstanding piece of engineering.
Powerful V8 petrol, impressive diesels, and a clean diesel-hybrid option
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Range Rover, you’ve got three options. Diesel is the predominant source, with two impressive engines featuring. There’s also an extremely powerful petrol, and an eco-conscious, efficient hybrid.
If it’s power that you want from your Range Rover, you should look no further than the monstrous 5.0 litre V8 petrol engine. This incredible powerplant produces an astonishing 550bhp, and will accelerate the Range Rover from 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds. That feels unbelievably fast in a car as big as the Range Rover, so it’s a great option for petrolheads who don’t want to compromise on luxury.
Eco-friendly buyers aren’t normally associated with luxury SUVs, but the Range Rover does embrace green technology to offer a hybrid model. The diesel-hybrid 3.0 SDV6 HEV engine produces 164g/km of CO2 emissions. That might not sound particularly impressive on paper, but when you consider what the Range Rover is capable of, it’ll make you think again. This model is also the best for buyers who want to save money day-to-day. With fuel efficiency as high as 45.6mpg, you can save plenty of money at the fuel pumps.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Range Rover, you’re not going to be disappointed. All the engines in the range are powerful, refined, and 5.0 litre V8 aside, reasonably efficient.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, impressive standard safety technology
Like nearly every car in its class, the Range Rover easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 91% in adult safety, 84% in child safety, and 63% in pedestrian safety, the Range Rover is one of the safest cars in its class. It’s not quite at the same level as the Volvo XC90, but it’s still impressive. You’ll also get tonnes of safety kit as standard. Even entry-level models come laden with a full compliment of airbags, dynamic stability control, terrain response control, an automatic load-levelling suspension, emergency brake assist, roll stability control, and cornering brake control.
Not cheap, but good value for the class
The Range Rover is understandably neither a cheap car to buy, nor a cheap car to run. Running costs are however pretty reasonable for the class. This obviously varies from model to model, but V8 petrol aside, you should get decent fuel economy, whilst CO2 emissions aren’t the worst in the class. You’re going to need deep pockets to own a Range Rover, but it won’t cost you any more than a rival would.
Insurance costs are also not the cheapest for the Range Rover. No model falls below group 45, whilst the most expensive is in the highest group 50. What this does mean is that you can go for a more prestigious, expensive trim, or even a more powerful engine, and not pay too much more than you would for an entry-level model.
Depreciation is a factor with the Range Rover, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Range Rover has always been one of the best luxury SUVs that money can buy, and the latest is the best ever. It exudes quality and luxuriousness, both inside, on the road, whilst it’s also mightily impressive off-road. It’s also practical, and has impressive safety results. Whilst it’s understandably not the cheapest car to run day-to-day, there isn’t a luxury SUV on sale today that’s as complete as the Range Rover.
Buying a used Land Rover Range Rover online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Land Rover Range Rover for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Range Rover. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Land Rover Range Rover online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Land Rover? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Land Rover Range Rover, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Range Rover, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Land Rover to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.