Vital Stats

Engine:
SC 3.0L V6
Power:
340 HP / 332 LB-FT
Transmission:
8-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
7.1 Seconds
Top Speed:
130 MPH
Drivetrain:
Four-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,918 LBS
Seating:
2+3
Cargo:
71.7 CU-FT (max)
MPG:
17 City / 23 HWY
Base Price:
$89,225
When this current generation of Range Rover first debuted for the 2013 model year, much was made of its aluminum-intensive superstructure, and the hundreds of pounds of curb weight – some 700 of the suckers – shed as a result. Not having had the opportunity to drive the newly lightened Range until early this past spring (as you can see from the photos), I'd taken the dynamically positive changes on faith before my test.

Having now sampled the super-lux SUV for myself and being a longstanding fan of the Range Rover brand and most Land Rover products, I'm happy to report that the rumors are true. My Nara Bronze Range Rover HSE not only looked the part of a utility vehicle for the well-heeled set, it performed up to the high standards of the models past, as well.

That summation is extra impressive, considering that the Range Rover I had was powered by the base, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, too.

Driving Notes
  • I thought Brandon Turkus was crazy. We published his LR4 review around the time I was driving the Range Rover – both vehicles that make use of this supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Brandon complained that the LR4 – admittedly larger – felt pretty laggy with the V6 as compared with its old 5.0-liter V8. After feeling the sprightly performance of the blown six in the Rangie, I called Turkus, and I called foul. That is until I was gently reminded that the Range Rover's new aluminum architecture made it nearly 750 pounds lighter than the LR4.
  • As you might guess, that relatively light curb weight (4,918 pounds) goes a long way to making the 340-horsepower, 332-pound-feet V6 feel punchy. Land Rover estimates a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds, but the pull feels even stronger than that in the mid-range speeds. Throttle response is sharper than you might expect for a big SUV, too, which helps the Range Rover seem quicker than it is against the clock.
  • The lowered curb weight and smaller engine have improved the fuel economy estimates for the Range Rover as well. The EPA cites 17 miles per gallon in the city, with ratings of 23 highway and 19 combined to round out the window sticker. I saw close to 18 mpg in a week of mixed driving that tilted toward an urban cycle.
  • Even with its adjustable air suspension, cornering hard is not the Range Rover's bread and butter – nor should it be. There's too much vertical motion in the suspension to make you want to push the Range around your favorite driving roads, and I suppose that's exactly why the Range Rover Sport exists.
  • At highway speeds, the cabin is filled with the low rush of buffered wind noise, and not a lot else until you crank up the excellent optional Meridian audio system ($1,850). As a long-range driver and commuter tool, the highway manners, smooth ride, glove-like seats and all-around great visibility place this vehicle at the top of its class.
  • The ride from the rear quarters isn't too shabby, either. One thing that the $5,000 HSE package includes is the massive sliding panoramic roof, which makes the whole of the interior feel airy and light. With the sky as the ceiling and plenty of legroom, I didn't hear a word but praise from the few friends I threw in the back seats.
  • It's truly subjective, but I've never been much of a white-leather-interiors kind of a guy, and even I found this ivory colored hide to be impressively posh. I'm not sure how sensible it would be for the stereotypical family full of muddy wellies and wet Brittany in the boot, but rich people seem to know magic for keeping clean. Anyway, for my money Range Rover is doing some of the best interiors this side of top-trim Mercedes-Benz and Bentley.
  • In a vacuum, this latest Range Rover is really spectacular. But even I must admit that, if your intended use case is softer than the hard-core off-roading this SUV was built to do, there are a couple of very strong competitors in the market today. Both the all-new Cadillac Escalade and the Mercedes-Benz GL450 are larger, more powerful and less expensive to start, with a slight downtick in terms of star power versus the Range Rover. If you love the Land Rover brand, the look and the potential ability, that might be enough; if your future SUV is set to be more of a mall cruiser, it might not.


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      SquareFour
      • 4 Months Ago

      "...but rich people seem to know magic for keeping clean."

      What you see as magic is known as "hired help" to the rest of us. 


      Anyway, anyone else remember when RRs were understated? I actually sorta miss that.

        Andrew
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour


        I was thinking it's too understated.  Really nothing special to look at, IMO.

        19nomad56
        • 3 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        The grill looks like an electric razor, but the rest looks a lot like the previous generation. Compared to the Escalade I think it looks more conservative.

        Priapism
        • 3 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        I don't find it too gaudy.

      Square Wheel
      • 4 Months Ago
      Now, they can work on cleaning that diesel up and bringing it over.
      jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly
      I think it cannot be uglier. They ride nice. Took one off road two years ago. Cameras pointed at wheels. Nice. But, I think they are ugly. Jeep SRT GC for me, please. 
        Andrew
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly


        Agreed.  I know it's plutocrat vs upper middle class, but a loaded JGC can do anything this can do, and they're dang nice inside.  Or a Cayenne, which I can't help liking even though I know I'm not supposed to.

          Jai
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Andrew

          Porsche Cayennes are more expensive though with similar options so that kind of goes against the point of your comment

        David
        • 3 Months Ago
        @jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly

        So what is a STREET ONLY "SUV" good for? With phony ground effects slapped on aero, still powered (albeit well) by an OHV pushrod engine?

        There really isn't anything quite like a quiet luxury vehicle...that can still go mudding or rock crawling with the right tires. That's why it has been around for 44 years now.


      Hernan
      • 4 Months Ago

      7.1 seconds 0-60 is more than enough for a big SUV. I'm a big fan of Land Rovers and if I had the money I might get one of these, but I think this generation is not as good looking as generations past. Most of the blame IMO goes to the head and tail lamps being extended to the sides. Also, the infotainment needs updating (hopefully the new Jaguar system that's debuting in the XE will make its way over, that or CarPlay/Android in the car).

      Trevor
      • 4 Months Ago

      That lower silver accent looks soooo bad. Only way to go is color matched unless you get white with a black accent. 

      Mazdaspeed6
      • 4 Months Ago

      Ford Explorer looks + Landrover/Jag reliability = no no. Just about every other competitor; G GL Q7 LX and the rebadged Tahoe are better picks. 

        cd
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6

        Totally agree - and how does your reply get all these negative votes??? While the PREVIOUS gen RR were beautiful inside and out, they've all been nothing but pure shit as far as reliability is concerned. That's just a fact. Ask any owner or service manager!

      mbukukanyau
      • 4 Months Ago

      This or the Escalade ? 

      Koenigsegg
      • 4 Months Ago

      what a frickin rip off. only dumb rich people spend their money on this.



      you can get a tesla for cheaper, what a joke. And when Model X comes out its over for every suv

        mikeam91
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg

        BHAHAHA! Why in the world would try and compare a Tesla to a RR? Even the model X will be a totally different type of SUV. Like the author stated if you want a mall cruiser get a merc or escalade, which is exactly what the model x will compete against. If you want the most capable off-roading vehicle that also has one of the most luxurious interiors in a car today and doesn't look shabby in front of the valet stand than there is only one choice, a RR. 

      Bernie Kressner
      • 3 Months Ago

      Tested it: Knee room for big Americans is a problem. We like to put our knees  a bit sideways on trips: this vehicle does not allow that without bumping the center console on the right and door panel on the left.

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      chrismcfreely
      • 4 Months Ago

      Every time i see a new GX470, i wonder how this company still exists.  And I'm not even a Toyota/Lexus fan. 

      D E S I G N
      • 3 Months Ago

      Those pedals and foot rest need improvement in terms of design and size.

      vegasstyleguy
      • 3 Months Ago

      Obviously this is the luxury standard but honestly, I like the jeep grand Cherokee better.

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