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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Review

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover ranks near the bottom of its class due to its below-average predicted reliability. On the plus side, it has a spacious, upscale interior and thrilling overall performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional off-road ability
  • Smooth ride
  • Spacious, luxe interior
  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • High depreciation
  • Below-average predicted reliability




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 3.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Overview

Is the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Range Rover is a good luxury large SUV. It pampers occupants with plenty of seating space, a ton of modern features, and an elegant atmosphere. There are five muscular engine choices, and in addition to having great handling on-road, this is one of the best off-roaders in the class. However, the Range Rover suffers from unimpressive predicted reliability, and it has a very high average list price.

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How Much Is the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover?

Prices for the 2017 Range Rover range from about $81,200 to about $144,000, with the average price landing around $98,300. This data comes from more than 150 listings for the 2017 Range Rover on our site. Actual prices will fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Cost to Own?

The 2017 Range Rover tends to be slightly more affordable than some of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. You can expect to pay around $34,200 over five years for these expenses. In comparison, a 2017 Range Rover Sport's five-year costs are about $400 more than the larger Range Rover’s, while the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class' costs are nearly $8,850 more.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Range Rover?

The 2018 Range Rover enjoys a couple of updates: a refreshed exterior design features new LED headlights; a second touch screen replaces some buttons on the center console; there are newly available 24-way power-adjustable and massaging seats; and the SVAutobiography trims get a bump in horsepower from 550 to 557.

If none of those changes stick out to you, you're probably better off with a used model. You'll likely save money with comparable models across the lineup. The average price of a used 2017 Range Rover is about $98,000, while a 2018 model starts at a little over $87,000. Keep in mind that the 2017's average price can be skewed by high six-figure upper trims. The lower end of prices for a used 2017 model (which will likely be for base trims) is around $81,000.

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Nearly all new luxury large SUVs have base models that retail for less than the average price of a 2017 Range Rover. But, as discussed above, that figure takes into account insanely priced higher end models that originally retailed for more than $150,000. Still, there are new SUVs that have lower MSRPs than the low end of the 2017 Range Rover's listing prices (about $81,000).

The fully redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator ($72,555) ranks as one of the best in the class overall, and it has few faults. Though there's only one engine choice throughout the lineup (a 450-horsepower V8), the base model comes with a ton of standard features. The Navigator matches the Range Rover's level of luxury, and even the range-topping Black Label L trim still starts at under $100,000. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS ($69,500) is well-rounded and ranks highly, though it’s short on standard amenities for its base price. However, you can pick and choose from a ton of packages or stand-alone options to make a vehicle that fits your own needs and budget.

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Which Model Year of the Land Rover Range Rover Is Best?

The 2017 Range Rover is part of a generation that started in 2013. Changes for 2017 included a new 10-inch touch screen that improved the smaller and more sluggish screens from earlier models. A new SVAutobiography Dynamic trim was also added for 2017. All 2016 SVAutobiographys were long-wheelbase models. Other changes for the 2016 model year included the addition of a turbodiesel V6 engine – so if that's your cup of tea, you'll want to narrow your search to models from 2016 and later. Land Rover also improved its smartphone integration technology for this model year. 2015 was the first year that the HSE model was offered in a long-wheelbase variant, and driver assistance features like traffic sign recognition and park assist debuted. You can probably save more money the further back in this generation you shop, so you'll have to weigh these yearly changes against your potential savings.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover?

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is considered average across the industry.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are four open recalls that apply to the 2017 Range Rover. The first involves a problem with the fuel gauge: it may read lower than its actual level, which can result in the engine stalling and a loss of brake assistance or driving power. Second, the instrument cluster may go blank, causing important information – like the vehicle’s speed – to disappear. Another recall applies to an improperly secured fuel pump and fuel lines that may crack and leak fuel into the engine compartment. The front seat belt pretensioners may not function properly, which increases the risk of injury in a crash. If these recalls affect the used model you are considering, be sure the problems are fixed before you buy.

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Which Used Land Rover Range Rover Model Is Right for Me?

There are five main trim levels for the 2017 Range Rover: base, HSE, Supercharged, Autobiography, and SVAutobiography. Supercharged and higher trims are available in long-wheelbase versions. Let’s break down what's under the hood: base and HSE models have either a turbodiesel engine or a supercharged V6 (340 horsepower in the base trim, 380 horsepower in the HSE), Supercharged and Autobiography models have a 510-horsepower V8, and the SVAutobiography has a 550-horsepower V8.

Higher trims naturally add more features, but when the Range Rover was new, most features were offered in lower trims through option packages. Most buyers should be satisfied with the diesel engine for its combination of performance and fuel efficiency. And unless you're really hunting for the utmost luxury, the wealth of standard features in the base model should be enough.

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What Does Land Rover's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Land Rover offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Land Rover extends its original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles for certified pre-owned vehicles. Every CPO Land Rover must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Land Rover warranty page carefully.

Land Rover has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Only Tesla and Lexus have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Range Rover?

Like many luxury vehicles, the 2017 Range Rover didn't undergo crash testing with either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard driver assistance and advanced safety features in the 2017 Range Rover include a rearview camera, parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Available technologies include adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, road sign recognition, a driver drowsiness monitor, a 360-degree-view camera, a head-up display, and park assist.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Land Rover Range Rover or 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the few SUVs that can make the Range Rover seem like a thrifty purchase. The G-Class is even more expensive than the very pricey Range Rover. Driven by insane levels of depreciation, the G-Class has some of the worst cost of ownership scores possible. It does, however, top the Range Rover for predicted reliability. Horsepower figures for the G-Class range from 416 from the base twin-turbo V8 to a whopping 621 from the V12 engine. Still, this is a terrible SUV for long road trips or everyday driving, due to its harsh ride, sloppy steering, and terrible fuel economy. It's much more at home off-road, where its capabilities might even beat the Range Rover's. Both of these high-end SUVs offer lavish interior accommodations and seating for five, with nearly any feature you can imagine. Aside from being a status symbol, there are few reasons to seriously consider a G-Class. You're better off with a Range Rover.

Which Is Better: 2017 Land Rover Range Rover or 2017 Range Rover Sport?

The 2017 Range Rover Sport is a luxury midsize SUV that's basically a scaled-down version of the original Range Rover. You can find the same lineup of engines in both SUVs, along with identical fuel economy estimates and towing capacities. The Rover Sport also has similar off-road chops and engaging on-road driving dynamics. Where you'll notice the biggest difference between these two is interior accommodations and price. The Range Rover Sport has one of the smallest cargo holds among midsize luxury SUVs, and less space than you'll get with the bigger Rover. Passenger space is still pretty good with the Range Rover Sport, and you can even find models with a third row – albeit a tight one. The regular Range Rover only seats five people but offers a whole host of swanky rear-seat upgrades. Your money is probably better spent on a Range Rover Sport. Average prices are about $20,000 less, and you'll likely save a lot more in the long run when you factor in ownership costs, which include depreciation.

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2017 Range Rover Performance

How Does the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Drive?

The 2017 Range Rover is available with three different engine options. There’s a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 available in two flavors: one with 340 horsepower and the other with 380 horsepower. Next comes a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 with 254 horsepower. At the top of the pile is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, which is available with 510 horsepower or 550 horsepower. All models come equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

The V8 models are blisteringly fast and capable of launching this 2.5-ton SUV from zero to 60 mph in just 5 seconds. The supercharger supplies instant pulling power with a press of the throttle. Keep that foot to the floor, and you’re rewarded with a snarling exhaust note. The eight-speed automatic transmission impresses with its quick, smooth shifts. The gas V6 feels more than capable of jetting the Range Rover around with confidence, while the diesel V6 offers a glut of off-the-line power.

The 2017 Range Rover has an air suspension system that adjusts on the fly to soften out bumps, yet maintains composed handling. The result is a plush ride, even over broken pavement. The Range Rover also has nicely weighted steering and strong brakes. Despite its size, this big SUV feels much more maneuverable than its competition.

The Rover’s air suspension truly comes into play when the road ends. This on-demand system lifts the Rover to enable up to 11.6 inches of ground clearance. There’s also high- and low-range gearing, plus traction control settings for different terrains. Other off-roading capabilities include a near-3-foot wading depth, a 34.7-degree approach angle, and a 29.6-degree departure angle. Land Rover’s All-Terrain Progress Control is basically a low-speed cruise control for off-road driving. Simply set the desired speed, and the Range Rover plods forward, allowing the driver to focus on road obstacles.

Does the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Get Good Gas Mileage?

At 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, a diesel-equipped 2017 Range Rover is the most fuel-efficient SUV in the class. Fuel economy estimates for the regular V6 engine are 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, while V8 models get 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. The best the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class can manage is 13/14 mpg city/highway.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Towing Capacity

The 2017 Range Rover is rated to tow 7,716 pounds when properly equipped with its available towing package. This means that the Range Rover can pull larger powerboats and camping trailers. There are a number of towing aids available, including Advanced Tow Assist. This feature allows you to control the direction of the trailer by using the automatic steering of the Terrain Response system.

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2017 Range Rover Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Range Rover Seat?

The 2017 Range Rover seats five. Models with the Rear Executive Class package have a rear center console that drops seating to four. This makes the full-size Range Rover much less practical than its extra-large rivals, most of which can seat up to eight. Step inside the Range Rover, and you’ll find plenty of head- and legroom in both rows. Opt for one of the long-wheelbase models, and rear legroom grows by 7.3 inches. The airy cabin is complemented by nicely contoured seats, though seat padding isn’t as plush as expected. Base models feature 12-way power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. Available seating amenities include Oxford leather, semi-aniline leather, 18-, 20-, or 22-way power front seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, massaging front and rear seats, and power-adjustable rear seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover?

The 2017 Range Rover features full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on each of its outboard rear seats. The middle seat features a tether anchor only.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Features

Standard features in the 2017 Range Rover include three-zone climate control, a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, satellite navigation, a 12-speaker Meridian sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, a Wi-Fi hot spot, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. Available features include four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, and an 18- or 28-speaker Meridian sound system.

The touch screen impresses with crisp graphics and quick response times, but its lack of knobs and buttons can overcomplicate some tasks. Further, the system doesn’t support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which integrate your smartphone’s apps and functions.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Dimensions

Land Rover Range Rover Cargo Space

The 2017 Range Rover offers considerable cargo space. With the rear seats upright, the Range Rover packs away 32.1 cubic feet of space. Fold the rear seats down, and short-wheelbase models fit 71.7 cubic feet of cargo, while long-wheelbase models handle 82.8 cubic feet.

2017 Range Rover Length and Weight

The 2017 Range Rover is 16.4 feet long. Long-wheelbase models are about 17.1 feet long. Curb weight values range from 4,817 pounds to 5,562 pounds, depending on the powertrain and body style.

Where Was the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Built?

Jaguar Land Rover built the 2017 Range Rover in England.

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