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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.6

Automotive journalists say the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover's base engine delivers adequate power, but the rest of the available engines all deliver ample muscle and quicker acceleration. The Range Rover generally has a comfortable, composed ride, according to critics, and they add it is very capable off road.

  • "Then set it on a highway, cruise it around town, even hustle it up a curving mountain road and the Range Rover remains serenely, almost arrogantly in control of whatever is underneath it. To the office, to dinner, to shopping (its by-far most likely habitats), its occupants will swear they are in a luxury sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "No matter which engine you choose, the Range Rover is fast -- very fast. But the overarching impression here is one of world-class refinement. Whether you're making time in the fast lane or gliding across sand dunes in the desert, the Range Rover remains cool, calm and collected." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "I got to sample the Range Rover in both on-road and off-road, and it did remarkably well regardless of what was thrown at it." -- Jalopnik (2013)
  • "So you do that a few times and then calm down, and start to notice other benefits of that lighter, stiffer unibody, such as the quick, alert steering or the astonishing air-sprung ride quality, which manages to be both connected and isolated at once." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2016 Range Rover comes standard with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. A turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque is optional. The Range Rover HSE has either the turbodiesel V6 or a more powerful supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard with all models. According to the EPA, the base Range Rover gets up to 17/23 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Models equipped with the turbodiesel V6 get up to an EPA-estimated 22/29 mpg city/highway, which is better than nearly every competitor.

The Range Rover Supercharged and Range Rover Autobiography come with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. A supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that makes 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque comes in the Range Rover SVAutobiography.

The base V6 delivers generally decent power, though the Range Rover's weight can make it feel strained. However, the more powerful V6 and turbodiesel V6 make ample power. The V8 engine is incredibly potent and delivers quick acceleration. The eight-speed automatic transmission is among the best on the market and it makes efficient use of the engine's power.

  • "Coupled with the ZF 8-speed automatic found elsewhere across the Jaguar Land Rover lineup, the Td6 never lacked for pull whether we were crawling over rocks in the Schnebly Hill trails or overtaking slower traffic on the highways around Sedona, Arizona." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2016 Range Rover's entry-level supercharged V6 is a fine engine in its own right, but it can feel somewhat overmatched by the Range Rover's imposing mass. The addition of 40 extra horsepower in the HSE model is helpful in this regard, as is the new turbodiesel engine, which effortlessly gets that mass moving with its huge low-end torque." -- Edmunds
  • "Moving up is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque; this thing cranks out truly prodigious power and will get the Range Rover moving in a hurry, and will use lots of premium gas doing it." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new Range Rover gets ZF's latest 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and as far as traditional slushboxes go, it doesn't really get much better than this. We've seen this tranny before and it's equally impressive here. Slam your foot on the gas and watch it kick down five gears at once to blow past 18-wheelers at your leisure." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover has a comfortable ride most of the time, though rough roads can decrease its comfort. While the Range Rover maintains its composure around corners, it's not especially agile. The steering is responsive, but it can feel heavy at higher speeds. The Range Rover's brakes provide good feedback through the pedal.

  • "On the downside, the Range Rover doesn't exactly bristle with athleticism on winding roads, and the ride quality can be somewhat brittle over rough pavement. … we suggest paying close attention to the steering during your test-drive; although it's light and precise around town, we've found it gets somewhat heavy at highway speeds." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard air suspension keeps the ride smooth on just about any surface, while a variety of electronic aids keep you on course in corners." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Despite its tall profile, the Range Rover feels composed in corners." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Land Rover nailed the brakes on the new car. Simply put, they're awesome. The Range Rover uses six-pot Brembo brakes with big ol' 15-inch rotors, and pedal travel and feel are excellent." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Off-Roading

The 2016 Range Rover comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case. It also comes standard with Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which lets you choose a driving mode for different types of terrain, including snow, mud and ruts, and sand. A locking rear differential and Terrain Response 2, which automatically selects the driving mode, are optional. The Range Rover is exceptionally capable off road, easily tackling rough terrain.

  • "On the trails, all that low-end torque spooled out in buttery smooth doses, perfectly complementing the mountain goat agility of the vehicles." -- AutoTrader
  • "No matter what else there is about the Range Rover, do not doubt its extraordinary capabilities; it's the deserved legend upon which the brand stands. The air suspension rises and settles appropriate to conditions, it clambers over rocks and wades through creeks, its capabilities make champions of us all." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Off-road, of course, the 2016 Range Rover is very capable, easily powering through challenging terrain that would stop most luxury SUVs in their tracks." -- Edmunds
  • "Underneath the sheet metal, a fully independent air suspension lifts the aluminum unibody Range Rover for difficult off road conditions. More front and rear wheel travel and pneumatically cross-linked air springs simulate the kind of articulation formerly only available with solid axles, which further improves the outgoing model's already formidable capability." -- Left Lane News

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