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2021 Land Rover Range Rover
Highs Regal on-road presence, luxurious interior, many powertrains to choose from.
Lows Boatlike driving experience, cubby storage is limited, nearly six-figure starting price.
Verdict Few SUVs are as desirable, as capable, and as revered as the iconic Range Rover.
Once a rough-and-tumble workhorse, the 2020 Range Rover now represents the pinnacle of the Land Rover lineup with a plush cabin, a host of tech goodies, and a six-figure price tag to match. It's still highly capable off road-maybe even more so than the original-but the Range Rover tackles both trails and suburban byways while providing a comfortable ride, richly upholstered seats, genuine wood trim, and touchscreen infotainment. The boxy exterior styling is synonymous with wealth and status, so parking one in your driveway is the automotive equivalent to donning a Rolex Submariner or a pair of Manolo Blahniks. Like most everything, the Range Rover doesn't come without compromise: Fuel economy isn't great, driving dynamics are clumsy, and its infotainment system is buggy. If you’re looking for luxury and status, though, not many SUVs will provide both quite like the Range Rover.
What's New for 2021?
Land Rover is launching three special editions of the Range Rover this year, the first being the Fifty Edition that celebrates the 50thanniversary of the flagship SUV. Only 1970 (naturally) examples will be produced, all based on the luxurious Autobiography trim level but featuring unique exterior design features and 50thAnniversary badging. The Westminster Edition is based on the HSE trim level and won't be as limited in number. Buyers of this midrange model will have their choice between the Range Rover's standard inline-six or the more powerful supercharged V-8 engine. The Westminster also receives unique wheels and a fancier exterior trim treatment; inside, occupants are treated to walnut wood finishes, 20-way power-adjustable front seats with heat and ventilation, a refrigerated compartment between the front seats, soft-close doors, and a 19-speaker Meridian stereo system. The high-performance SV Autobiography model also receives its own special edition for 2021 called the Dynamic Black Edition. This package darkens the exterior and interior trim, adds gloss-black-painted 22-inch wheels, and is available only in Santorini Black Metallic paint.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Westminster Edition: $104,850
Fifty Edition: $149,850:
SV Autobiography: $180,850
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Range Rover has four basic powertrain lineups, each with its own set of strengths and weaknesses: Entry-level models are powered by a turbocharged inline-six that is assisted by a small electric motor for a mild-hybrid setup, while top-of-the-line models feature a raucous supercharged V-8. A diesel V-6 is also available as is a plug-in hybrid. Every Range Rover comes standard with a selectable all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. 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. The V-8, on the other hand, delivers shockingly quick acceleration, and even the most committed environmentalists will have to admit it sounds glorious. Sporty SV Autobiography models do a surprisingly good job of controlling body roll, but fore-aft pitch is a problem across the lineup. It drives well enough if not pressed, but compared for over-the-road agility against high-performance SUVs such as the BMW X5 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLS63, the Land Rover is downright sloppy. We're willing to forgive some of these handling deficiencies when we consider the Range Rover's off-road abilities, which remain stellar.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Every Range Rover comes standard with leather seats, a heated leather steering wheel, and wood-veneer trim. When you move up into the more expensive versions, that leather is extended to the headliner, the seats add a massaging function, and the carpet that lines the cargo compartment can be swapped for handsomely finished wood. That's to say nothing of the metal armrest-adjustment knobs, satin-brushed metal cupholders, and bottle cooler that come in top-of-the-line SV Autobiography models. The Range's 32 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row may seem impressive, but it's surprisingly near the bottom of its segment...
Infotainment and Connectivity
Dubbed InControl Touch Pro Duo, the Range Rover's infotainment system debuted on the smaller Range Rover Velar crossover and has quickly spread throughout the rest of the lineup...
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