Review, Pricing and Spec
What’s New for 2020?
After being delayed a year, the plug-in hybrid powertrain finally launches on 2020 Range Rover models. Known as P400e, the electrified powertrain consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor—together they make 398 combined horsepower—and can power the big Range Rover for up to 31 miles on electricity alone. But that’s not the only powertrain change for 2020: The base V-6 engine from last year has been replaced with a turbocharged inline-six with electric assist. In the base P360, it makes 355 horsepower and in the HSE P400, it makes 395. …
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Long wheelbase: $111,245
SV Autobiography: $179,795
The long-wheelbase HSE not only offers extra rear-seat legroom, but its proportions are slightly more elegant. It also happens to live at the mid-range between the lower-end base model and the stupidly pricy SV Autobiography model. Land Rover only fits the longer models with a V-8 engine, but buyers can choose from either the 518- or 557-hp version. The long-wheelbase HSE comes standard with plenty of luxuries, including 20-way adjustable heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, three-zone automatic climate control, a 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 380-watt Meridian audio system, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, 21-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and Windsor leather seat upholstery. Land Rover offers several option packages and a slew of accessories so buyers can outfit their Range Rover exactly how they want to.
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.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The P400e plug-in hybrid powertrain is powered by a 13.1-kWh battery pack located under the rear cargo floor. It can charge on a 120-volt outlet but doing so takes up to 14 hours for a full charge; a 240-volt outlet or trips to a public charging station are recommended. Land Rover says the Range Rover P400e should deliver up to 31 miles of electric driving range per charge.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Of the Range Rover’s three gasoline powertrains, only one approaches genuine efficiency, and that’s the diesel. We’ve tested three Range Rovers on our 200-mile real-world highway fuel-economy route. A 2016 diesel model returned a respectable 27 mpg but still fell 1 mpg short of its EPA rating, while a pair of 2017s with the supercharged V-8 engine returned 19 mpg (long wheelbase) and 20 mpg (regular wheelbase). We haven’t tested the new plug-in hybrid or base inline-six hybrid engines on our fuel-economy route.
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. Still, it can accommodate 13 carry-on cases when the back seats are in use, which is more than enough for most four- or five-person families.
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