2018 Land Rover Range Rover

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MSRP: $87,350 - 177,200

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Review

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover finishes in the middle of its class. It has the lavish cabin you expect from a luxury vehicle, but it’s also among the most capable off-road SUVs available. However, its disappointing predicted reliability rating keeps it from ranking higher.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.1
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Legendary off-road ability
  • Cushioned ride
  • Roomy, posh cabin
  • Powerful engines
  • Cumbersome infotainment system
  • Less cargo space than competitors
  • High price

Is the Land Rover Range Rover a Good SUV?

The Land Rover Range Rover is a good choice in the luxury large SUV class. Its powerful engine lineup includes a turbodiesel, and its fantastic off-road credentials make it one of most capable SUVs – if not the most capable SUV – in the class. On the pavement, the Range Rover is fairly maneuverable and delivers a comfortable ride. Inside, it has spacious, comfortable seats and one of the most opulent cabins. However, many competitors offer more seats, more cargo space, and an easier-to-use infotainment system.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Range Rover?

You should consider purchasing the Range Rover if you're looking for an SUV that feels just as at home heading to the opera as it does on the trails. However, this Land Rover has one of the highest starting prices in the class, and more practical rivals are worth considering. The Toyota Land Cruiser is a good example. Consider the Mercedes-Benz G-Class if you're not too concerned with price. Like the Range Rover, it’s also one of the most costly, high-end luxury off-roaders on the market.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Land Rover Range Rover?

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model year. There have been a few additions over the previous years, including a new long-wheelbase version, stop-stop technology in the supercharged V8, and a new supercharged base V6 engine for the 2014 model year. For 2015, the Land Rover added a long-wheelbase option for the HSE trim and additional driver assistance options. The 2016 Range Rover received InControl Remote smartphone integration, a new turbodiesel V6, and additional horsepower in the HSE trim's V6. For 2017, the Range Rover received a new 10-inch touch screen and a SVAutobiography Dynamic trim. Lastly, the 2018 Range Rover receives minor interior and exterior design enhancements. An additional touch screen replaces the previous model’s knobs and buttons. Also, the SVAutobiography Dynamic trim gets more horsepower.

Since there aren't too many changes made to the 2018 Range Rover, you could save some money with an older model. It’s best to skip the 2013 model and its weaker engine lineup. Instead, focus on a 2014 or newer model. If find that an older Range Rover is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about incentives on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Land Rover Range Rover Cost?

The Land Rover Range Rover’s base price is a bit above $87,000, which is a lot of money even by luxury large SUV standards. Only a couple of class rivals have higher starting prices, while several have base prices in the $70,000s or lower.

In its higher trims, the Range Rover can get really expensive. Higher trims feature much stronger (and more expensive) engines, and they’re also available in a long-wheelbase model, which further ups the price. Put it all together, and you’re looking at a starting price north of $200,000 for the long-wheelbase version of the top trim, the SVAutobiography Dynamic.

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Land Rover Range Rover Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Land Rover Range Rover or Toyota Land Cruiser?

The Range Rover and the Toyota Land Cruiser are close in our class rankings. When you think of the Land Rover, you think of off-roading. However, the Land Cruiser has excellent off-road abilities as well. The Land Cruiser also has a perfect predicted reliability rating. By comparison,  the Range Rover has a below-average rating.  While the Toyota can't keep up with the Range Rover’s engine options, the Land Cruiser’s lone power plant still has plenty of oomph. The Land Cruiser also has a higher max towing capacity. Still, the Range Rover delivers a smoother ride and better gas mileage.

On the inside, the Land Rover is the clear winner. It seats more people (eight versus the Land Rover's five), but the Land Rover has a nicer and more comfortable interior. The Range Rover also has a more user-friendly infotainment system than the one in the Land Cruiser. In terms of cargo space, both SUVs are pretty even. Choosing between the two will come down to what you value the most. While the Land Rover is more refined and has better performance, the Land Cruiser costs less. For a more practical vehicle, go with the Land Cruiser. If you're willing to spend extra, go for the Range Rover.

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

In its 4x4 trim, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class delivers tremendous off-road prowess, and it has a higher predicted reliability rating. On all other accounts, however, this luxury large SUV doesn’t really live up to the Range Rover. The Mercedes-Benz has a posh cabin, but the Land Rover offers better seating comfort and a tad more cargo space. Moreover, the Land Rover is easier to drive, has better handling, and gets superior fuel economy estimates. The Mercedes-Benz has an easier-to-use infotainment system, but the G-Class' base price is significantly higher than the Range Rover's, with the G-Class’ upper trims being even more costly. There really isn't much of a reason to purchase the G-Class over the Range Rover.

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Range Rover Interior

How Many People Does the Range Rover Seat?

The Range Rover seats five people (four in some models), which is less than most other SUVs in the class. Both rows of seats have plenty of space and excellent comfort.

Range Rover and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. There’s plenty of room for most car seats to fit, but neither the lower anchors nor tether anchors are the easiest to connect to.

Range Rover Interior Quality

This Land Rover has a stunning cabin that looks great and is brimming with premium materials. Overall, this is one of the nicest interiors of any SUV.

Range Rover Cargo Space

The Range Rover has less cargo space than many competitors, but it still has a usable cargo area. You get more than 32 cubic feet of space with all seats in use – enough space for the family’s weekend vacation luggage or for the gear you need for a beach day. Fold the rear seats down, and you’ll have nearly 72 cubic feet of space (nearly 83 cubic feet in long-wheelbase models). That’s room for snowboards, bicycles, and other large outdoor gear.

Range Rover Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Range Rover include a 10-inch touch screen, navigation, a 13-speaker Meridian sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a 29-speaker Meridian audio system.

You may not love the Range Rover’s touch screen. It’s slow to respond to inputs sometimes and requires several steps to adjust settings. On the bright side, the dash is well-organized, making it easy to find the controls you need. The lack of advanced smartphone connectivity features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, means some rivals have a leg up on the Range Rover. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Range Rover Performance

Range Rover Engine: No Shortage of Choices

There are nearly a half-dozen engine configurations to choose from with the Range Rover. They range from the 340-horsepower supercharged V6 base engine to the 557-horsepower supercharged V8 in the SVAutobiography Dynamic trim. There’s also a turbodiesel engine. With any engine, you’ll get plenty of power. The higher-horsepower engines also deliver strong acceleration.

Range Rover Gas Mileage: Better Than Many Rivals

Because it comes with a V6 instead of a V8, the Range Rover gets better fuel economy than many competitors. It earns 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with the base engine. Compared to V8-powered rivals like the Toyota Land Cruiser and Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the Range Rover will save you about $150 and $1,300 per year in fuel costs, respectively. The only reason it’s close between the Range Rover and the Land Cruiser is that the Range Rover requires premium gasoline (like most luxury vehicles), and the Toyota doesn’t. For even better fuel economy, the diesel engine is thriftier (22/28 mpg city/highway, to be exact).

Range Rover Ride and Handling: Both Good

The Range Rover is maneuverable for a large SUV, making it pretty easy to drive on most roads. It also delivers a supple ride, and its air suspension soaks up bumps in the road with ease.

Range Rover Off-Road Performance

The Range Rover has a bevy of standard and available off-road-oriented features that help cement its standing as a stellar off-road vehicle. Regardless of what terrain you want to traverse, this SUV is up for the task.

Range Rover Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Range Rover can tow up to 7,716 pounds.

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Range Rover Reliability

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Reliable?

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover earns a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Land Rover Range Rover Warranty

The Land Rover Range Rover is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile warranty, which is a similar term to several class rivals.

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Range Rover Safety

Range Rover Crash Test Results

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover has not been put through crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Range Rover Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features in the Range Rover include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

Available features include a head-up display, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, clear exit monitor, and park assist.

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Which Land Rover Range Rover Model Is Right for Me?

The Range Rover comes in several trims, and the lowest carries a starting price of almost $90,000. However, for that money, you’re getting a well-equipped luxury ride that’s also one of the most capable SUVs out there. With that in mind, most buyers will be perfectly fine sticking with the base model. In addition to the many standard features, several more are available, and you can upgrade from the supercharged V6 to a turbodiesel if you’d like.

The higher trims do come with more features, and they also have more powerful engines. However, they cost significantly more, and they aren’t really worth the extra money.

Land Rover Range Rover

The base trim is known only as the Range Rover. It has a starting price of $87,350 and features a 340-horsepower, supercharged V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a Meridian audio system, a hands-free power liftgate, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

There are several option packages that range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. They add features like driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, a head-up display, a rear-seat entertainment system with 8-inch screens, and more. For $2,000, you can upgrade to the turbodiesel engine.

Land Rover Range Rover HSE

The Range Rover HSE starts at $94,050. In addition to the base trim’s features, the HSE comes with 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, blind spot monitoring, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and a surround-view camera.

Notable options in the HSE include park assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a rear-seat entertainment system with 10-inch screens, a 19-speaker Meridian audio system, and more. You can add the diesel engine for $2,000.

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

The Range Rover Supercharged has a starting price of $104,850. Notable standard features include a 518-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, 21-inch wheels, and premium LED headlights.

It offers the same features as the HSE, as well as a locking rear differential ($1,120). You cannot get the turbodiesel engine in the Supercharged trim or in any trim above it. However, this trim and higher are offered in the long-wheelbase version. The long-wheelbase Supercharged trim starts at $108,895.

Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

The Range Rover Autobiography starts at $141,995. This trim comes with a locking rear differential, an upgraded Terrain Response system, massaging front seats, ventilated front and rear seats, a 29-speaker Meridian audio system, a head-up display, park assist, and quad-zone automatic climate control.

Notable options include a rear-seat entertainment system with 10-inch screens and a refrigerated center console. The long-wheelbase Autobiography trim starts at $148,295.

Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic has a starting price of $177,200. This is the big-ticket trim – and the only one that comes with the 557-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. It also includes upgraded styling and comes with all the features you can get in a Range Rover. The only notable option is the rear-seat entertainment system. The long-wheelbase SVAutobiography trim starts at $207,900.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover has one of the nicest interiors around, and it’s one of the most capable SUVs on the road. This Land Rover only finishes in the middle of our luxury large SUV rankings because there are so many good vehicles in the class. It’s not perfect, but the Range Rover is worth a look from many shoppers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Land Rover's Range Rover has long been an icon among luxury SUVs. It couples the ambience and feature-rich convenience of an ultra-luxury sedan with the off-road savvy of a true four-wheel-drive SUV." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Opulent, extravagant and refined, with the power of a supercar, the off-road capability of a monster truck and the comfort of a Montauk mansion, the full-size 2018 Land Rover Range Rover is the ultimate large luxury SUV. It's also Land Rover's largest and most expensive model." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "At its core, the Range Rover is an all-terrain vehicle that's designed to take its passengers in comfort over hill and through valley as well as through the rough and tumble of downtown city streets. This effortless performance is achieved through powerful engine options, a clever all-wheel-drive system and an adjustable suspension system. This allows the Range Rover to traverse rutted roads and snowy or muddy trails with confidence. Meanwhile, a plethora of interior and exterior options help make your Range Rover unique. It's this go-anywhere capability that has garnered the Range Rover its reputation. Combined with its stately exterior and interior designs and five trim levels spanning multiple price segments, the Range Rover easily earns our recommendation for a luxury SUV." -- Edmunds (2017)
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