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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.6

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover delivers ample power and brisk acceleration. Its ride is comfortable and well-composed on-road, but it’s exceptionally capable off-road.

  • "The Range Rover HSE delivers exactly what you'd expect – a quiet and mostly soft ride in a handsome but conservative package that offers ample passenger and cargo space. We tested the torquey and smooth diesel engine, but the supercharged V8 is great, too." -- Edmunds
  • "Nobody needs this Rover, but I applaud Land Rover for building it. Effortlessly traveling any kind of road – or off-road, come to think of it – is a requirement for some, and this car does it better than most." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The standard 2017 Range Rover comes equipped with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 340 horsepower. A 380-horsepower version is available, as is a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 254 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard with all models.

The base Range Rover can earn up to 17/23 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The diesel V6 gets an EPA-estimated 22/28 mpg city/highway, which tops all competitors.

The Range Rover Supercharged and Range Rover Autobiography trim levels come with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 510 horsepower. A more potent version with 550 horsepower comes in the Range Rover SVAutobiography trim.

The base V6 provides ample power, even for the hefty Range Rover. The V8 and turbodiesel V6 engines are a better match, though. The eight-speed automatic transmission is among the best on the market.

  • "The diesel V6 generates a healthy serving of torque and enough power to get this 5,492-pound Range Rover moving fairly effortlessly. When pressed hard, it will accelerate to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, a respectably quick figure for such a boxy beast." -- Edmunds
  • "This one goes like hell with the supercharged AJ V8 Gen III engine. You have to love superchargers – power on tap at any rpm. It blasts off the line without hesitation and gets scary fast soon after. It's almost like the G65; something this big shouldn't go this fast. The eight-speed auto is smooth and quick; I just wish I had time to play with the off-road modes. I know these tires wouldn't do the system justice, but it'd still be fun to try." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • "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 2017 Range Rover impresses with a plush, comfortable ride, thanks to its adaptive air suspension. It does a great job of ironing out bumps in the pavement, yet it still keeps the tall Range Rover from feeling unsteady in curves. The Range Rover's brakes provide excellent stopping power.

  • "Pedal travel is a bit long, but that's not a bad trait in an off-roader. More to the point, these brakes are effective and can reliably execute a panic stop from 60 mph in just 117 feet. This comes with abundant nosedive, but it stays arrow-straight." -- Edmunds
  • "The suspension floated over bumps with ease, and with a twist of a knob we'd be able to tackle pretty much anything Mother Nature could throw at us. Since it was a clear day, with no streams to ford – the Range Rover can tackle nearly three feet of standing water – we instead let ourselves be seduced by the sumptuous interior and ridiculously smooth ride. Yes, on mountain roads the soft suspension translated to some lean in corners, but the Range Rover isn't pretending to be a sports sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The ride is soft like buttah, with nothing I encountered upsetting the chassis/suspension." -- Autoweek (2016)

Off-Roading

The 2017 Range Rover offers fantastic off-road ability. All models are outfitted with a height-adjustable air suspension, a full-time four-wheel-drive system, as well as a two-speed transfer case that provides high- and low-range gearing. Also standard is Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which allows drivers to 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.

  • "Low-range gearing, impressive suspension articulation, generous body clearance and multiple terrain maps give the Range Rover off-road capability its buyers may never fully utilize. It is deceptively wide, though." -- Edmunds
  • "On the trails, all that low-end torque spooled out in buttery smooth doses, perfectly complementing the mountain goat agility of the vehicles." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

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