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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Test Drive Review
The Range Rover continues to show why it’s Land Rover’s flagship luxury SUV.
The Land Rover Range Rover is the definitive word in “ultra-luxury sport utility vehicle.” It’s the perfect example of a no-compromise SUV, delivering superlative cabin space, luxury appointments, power, and capability.
Believe it or not, the current fourth-generation Range Rover is getting long in the tooth. A fifth-generation Range Rover is around the corner, so how has Land Rover kept its flagship SUV relevant? With incremental updates through the years. In addition to new infotainment and safety technologies, Land Rover has continued to expand the powertrain lineup, to the point where there are now six different powertrain options. So does the Range Rover continue to set the standard for 4x4 luxury? Read on to find out.
Look and Feel
The Range Rover’s “best of everything” reputation comes from its origins. Land Rover started with the rugged Series I off-roader. The Series I and subsequent Series II became popular with wealthy British landowners, who would use the vehicles on their sprawling estates. In response, Land Rover introduced the Range Rover in 1969. It was a luxury SUV, built on stout 4x4 underpinnings. This combination would grow to define the brand.
The current-generation Range Rover was introduced in 2012 for the 2013 model year. Like many vehicles that are nearing the end of their production runs, Land Rover has been rolling out multiple variations of the Range Rover. In addition to the standard Range Rover, trim levels include HSE, Autobiography, and SVAutobiography Dynamic. Several of these trims are available in SWB or “Standard Wheelbase” and LWB or “Long Wheelbase” configuration.
Standard features in the Range Rover include leather seating, heated, power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, a WiFi hotspot, and a hands-free tailgate. It also comes standard with the InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, consisting of two 10-inch screens, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Optional features on the base trim include heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a 19-speaker Meridian audio system. You can even get a front console refrigerator as a standalone option.
Moving to the HSE trim adds 20-way power-adjustable front seats, upgraded perforated leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and power-reclining rear seats. This trim is available with options such as four-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, or two rows of ventilated seating. A rear-seat entertainment system is available as a standalone option and consists of two 10-inch monitors.
The Autobiography makes standard many of the options on the previous two trims. It includes semi-aniline leather, quad-zone climate control, heated-and-ventilated front seats, and massaging front seats. Options on this trim include the rear-seat entertainment system, as well as massaging rear seats.
The SVAutobiography has a number of unique styling touches to set it apart from the rest of the lineup. It also comes with nearly every standard or optional feature that’s available in the Range Rover lineup. The only option on the SVAutobiography is the rear-seat entertainment system.
The 2020 Range Rover has a diverse selection of powertrains. The base engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The result is 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. The HSE features the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, sans-hybrid, and tuned to put out 395 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. A turbodiesel V6 engine is also available. It’s rated at 254 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
The P525 and Autobiography trims come equipped with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. It makes 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. These two trims are also available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with battery power and electric motors. This powertrain is capable of a combined 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, and it has an electric range of 19 miles.
The range-topping trim is the SV Autobiography Dynamic. This is the performance variant of the Range Rover. As such, its 5.0-liter V8 is tuned to put out 557 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
No matter which engine you select, power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission to standard four-wheel drive. The mild-hybrid powertrain, conventional inline-six engine, and turbodiesel engine all provide a solid blend of around-town power and motivation for getting up to highway speeds. These engines are more than capable and are the more efficient choices in the lineup. The V8 options provide overwhelming grunt and acceleration. The top-tier V8 in the SVAutobiography will kick you back in your seat when you step on the accelerator.
The Range Rover is incredibly comfortable over nearly all road conditions. It comes with an electronic air suspension and automatic load leveling. This compensates for the Range Rover’s heft and makes it drive like a lighter car. Still, the SUV’s weight and height will be felt in hard corners or carrying speed through a highway off-ramp.
Though its well-heeled owners may not always take the Range Rover off-road, the immense capability is always at their disposal. All four wheels claw away with total confidence, be it to a remote cabin, the beach, or muddy polo field.
The Range Rover comes standard with the Terrain Response System, with Auto, Rock Crawl, General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand drive modes. Each one of these modes has unique settings for the power delivery optimized for their respective driving conditions. When pressed, the Range Rover is one of the most capable vehicles on the market today.
Form and Function
When selecting Range Rovers, understand there are two wheelbase options: LWB (Long Wheelbase), or SWB (Standard Wheelbase). Regardless, the Range Rover has standard seating for five. With the optional second-row captain’s chairs, seating capacity falls to four but is well worth it for the absurdly comfortable second row. This is especially true of the LWB version.
The SWB version has a total of 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, and 34.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up. The LWB model has 77.5 cubic feet of total cargo space and 34.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up. The Range Rover will hold a decent amount of gear and weekend bags, but most other SUVs in its class have more cargo space. The Range Rover comes standard with a hands-free power liftgate and features a unique two-piece configuration. This makes it easier to lift in large items, and you can also set up a nice tailgate out the back.
Moving to the front row, the center-console compartment is not particularly deep but is convenient enough. Thanks to the small components that make up the digital control panel, there is actually space for items beneath it in the center stack. Both the front- and rear doors provide decently sized cargo compartments and cupholders.
Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro Duo system is the centerpiece of the Range Rover’s dash layout. As mentioned, it consists of two touchscreens. The top screen operates the navigation, phone, stereo, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The lower screen operates the climate controls, power/heated/ventilated/massaging seat controls, and vehicle settings. It’s also where you operate the Terrain Response settings. What makes Touch Pro Duo unique is the integrated dials in the lower screen. As you select different menus, the purpose of these dials changes. In climate mode you can raise and lower the temperature and change fan speed. In "Vehicle Settings," the dial changes the Terrain Response mode.
These systems have a bit of a learning curve, and committing completely to digital screens means you’re relying on the tech for everything. In the past, these systems have been buggy and have had lag issues. That's a problem if you don’t have a tactile control for basic things like the climate and radio controls. Luckily, you still get a volume knob.
The Range Rover also comes standard with a fully digital instrument panel. This screen can be customized with controls on the steering wheel and is intuitive. The Range Rover is also available with a helpful head-up display.
Standard safety features on the Range Rover include low-speed automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, front-and-rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. This is in addition to standard features such as traction control, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and a full array of front-and-side-impact airbags.
There are a number of available safety features, including a 360-degree parking camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, high-speed automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist. Other optional safety features include a driver-drowsiness monitor, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and traffic-sign recognition. The Range Rover is also available with a system that lets rear-seat passengers know when it’s safe to open the door and step out of the vehicle.
While the Range Rover has a solid list of standard safety features, other vehicles bring some of the optional features as standard equipment. The 360-degree camera and front-and-rear parking sensors are particularly helpful when parking the big Range Rover in a tight spot, however.
The most efficient version of the Range Rover is the PHEV plug-in hybrid. It has an all-electric range of 19 miles and an EPA-estimated 42 MPGe. Once the electric range is exhausted, the PHEV returns fuel economy of 19 mpg combined in hybrid mode. The diesel Range Rover returns 22 mpg city, 28 highway, 24 combined. The mild-hybrid Range Rover returns 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, 21 combined.
Looking to V8 power, the Supercharged trim returns 16 mpg city, 21 highway, 18 combined. The SVAutobiography returns 14 mpg city, 19 highway, 16 combined in short-wheelbase form, and 13 mpg city, 19 city, 15 combined in LWB form.
The most affordable trim of the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover is the base SWB Standard-Wheelbase model. It starts at $90,900. The plug-in hybrid HSE trim starts at $95,950, and the hybrid HSE trim starts at $96,150.
Moving into six-digit territory, the P525 HSE trim has a starting price of $105,950 and the Supercharged LWB trim starts at $109,950. The Autobiography trim is available in PHEV ($130,300) and hybrid ($143,800) trims. The Autobiography LWB trim starts at $150,300 and the SV Autobiography Dynamic trim starts at $178,500. The range-topping SV Autobiography LWB starts at $209,500.
This is certainly steep pricing, but the Range Rover delivers in so many areas. Many other luxury SUVs offer some combination of upscale interiors, off-road capability, high-tech features, and powerful engines. But few SUVs excel in all these areas like the Range Rover. Reliability has been middle-of-the-road with the Range Rover, and that’s one of the few areas of concern with the flagship SUV. But if you have the means, the Range Rover will not disappoint. It is the very definition of a superlative vehicle.
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