2017 Land Rover Range Rover

Starting MSRP: $85,650 - $199,950

Estimated MPG: 17 city / 23 hwy

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Review

Finding an exceptionally luxurious vehicle, or even one with noteworthy off-road prowess, isn’t too difficult. However, look for an SUV that combines these two qualities and the field narrows considerably. The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover is paramount among your choices in this elite class, offering a capable four-wheel-drive system, a myriad of powerful engine choices and a roomy interior with exquisite fit and finish.

By Jim Sharifi
Last Updated 07/20/2017

The Land Rover Range Rover is a full-size luxury SUV that seats five and comes with standard four-wheel drive. A supercharged V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard, while a turbodiesel V6 and two supercharged V8 configurations are offered. Regular and extended wheelbase models are available.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic edition is new for 2017, and joins the base, HSE, Supercharged and Autobiography trims in the Range Rover's lineup. An Intelligent Speed Limiter debuts, and it uses traffic sign recognition to determine the speed limit and adjust the vehicle’s speed accordingly. The Range Rover also adds an InControl Touch Pro infotainment system for the 2017 model year, as well as an Advanced Tow Assist feature that makes the Range Rover easier to reverse when hitched up to a trailer.

Exterior

Exterior
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Few luxury SUVs are as stately as the 2017 Range Rover, and that’s particularly impressive considering this model’s off-road capabilities. A broad front fascia is complemented by sweptback headlamps with LED accent lighting. From the sides, the Range Rover features balanced proportions and clean, uncluttered lines. A single character line runs from the headlamps to the taillights, and three vertical slats in the front doors lend a sporty persona to the elegant exterior design.

The base Range Rover comes with automatic xenon headlights with power washers, as well as LED taillights and turn signals. Heated, power-folding sideview mirrors are also standard, along with rain-sensing wipers, a gesture-controlled tailgate, a heated windshield and 19-inch wheels. Higher trims bring in upgrades like soft-close doors, a panoramic sunroof, fog lights and larger wheels that include 20- and 21-inch designs.

Interior

Interior
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Like its exterior, the cabin of the 2017 Range Rover features an attractive design with clean lines, straightforward controls and exemplary fit and finish. The materials used are of exceptional quality, with even base models offering leather upholstery and figured wood trim on the dashboard, center console and door panels.

Seating is remarkably roomy, with back-seat passengers enjoying ample space in standard wheelbase models like our test Range Rover HSE. Opt for a long-wheelbase version, and rear-seat legroom grows by an additional 7.3 inches. The front seats are highly adjustable and supportive, and they feature an upright seating position that provides great visibility regardless of whether you’re navigating tight trails or congested city streets.

Heated, power-adjustable front seats with driver’s seat memory are standard, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, three-zone automatic climate control and a manually reclining 60/40-split folding rear seat. Models like our test Range Rover HSE bring in upgraded 14-way power-adjustable ventilated front seats, as well as heated rear seats.

Cargo space is commendable for a two-row SUV, with 32.1 cubic feet of space with all seats in use. Folding the second row opens up 82.8 cubic feet of room when additional cargo-carrying ability is needed.

Performance

Performance
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Powerful, capable and surprisingly composed for its size, the 2017 Range Rover offers driving dynamics that should please buyers within the luxury SUV segment. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is standard, delivering 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet or torque. That engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel-drive system that features selectable modes for driving conditions such as snow, sand and mud.

Our Range Rover HSE came equipped with this powertrain, and it’s likely the right choice for many prospective buyers. The supercharged V6 offers commendable power around town and on the highway, and the eight-speed automatic is smooth and alert.

Buyers who venture off the beaten path will marvel at the Range Rover’s exceptional off-road capabilities, as this is truly a vehicle that can traverse the roughest terrain while coddling its occupants in exceptional luxury. At the same time, the Range Rover’s standard air suspension keeps it notably more controlled on twisty roads than many similarly sized SUVs.

While we enjoyed what the Range Rover had to offer in base form, three additional powertrain options are available, including a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 that’s optional on the Range Rover HSE. That engine generates 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Notably, the diesel Range Rover delivers all that torque at a low 1,750 rpm.

Range Rover Supercharged and Autobiography buyers are treated to a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine with 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the top-of-the-line SVAutobiography Dynamic, and the Range Rover comes with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that generates 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.

The EPA reports that the base Range Rover delivers 17/23 mpg city/highway. Opt for the turbodiesel V6 and you’ll get the best fuel economy in the lineup with an estimated 22/28 mpg.

Technology

Technology
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The 2017 Range Rover comes with an impressive suite of tech features, including keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, satellite radio, HD radio, navigation and a 13-speaker Meridian audio system. All entertainment, phone and navigation functions are accessed through Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, which features a 10.2-inch touch screen.

Optional features include an upgraded Meridian sound system, as well as a rear-seat entertainment system and a head-up display.

While the Range Rover’s infotainment system is abetted by a large screen and sharp graphics, accessing some primary functions, such as entering a destination into the navigation system, takes longer than we would like. Making selections through the touch screen also distracts from the task of driving, though the system offers voice recognition so that drivers can keep both hands on the wheel while pulling up infotainment functions.

Safety

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The Land Rover Range Rover has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, that lack of crash test data is not unusual for a vehicle in this class.

Every model comes with a rearview camera, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking, while the list of available driver aids includes lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, automatic high-beam assist, a surround-view camera system and front and rear parking sensors.

Cost-Effectiveness

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The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover starts at $85,650 (plus a $995 destination charge), though higher trims can carry significantly higher price tags. For example, a top-tier SVAutobiography model with the extended wheelbase starts at $199,950.

Buyers who want exceptional performance will likely consider the 510-horsepower Range Rover Supercharged a logical starting point, and that model carries a suggested price of $103,895.

Despite the myriad of available configurations, many buyers who are looking for the Range Rover’s distinctive combination of style and capability will be well-served by the two lower trims. We appreciated the additional standard features that came with our test Range Rover HSE, which starts at $92,650 and includes upgraded leather upholstery and a panoramic sunroof.

Overall

Overall
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Land Rover has taken steps to improve the Range Rover’s tech features, but in general, we’d like the infotainment system to provide a more user-friendly experience. Additionally, smartphone mirroring technologies such as Apple CarPlay are not yet offered.

Those critiques aside, buyers who are fortunate enough to shop within this segment will find a lot to like about the 2017 Range Rover. Its plush cabin makes even the most mundane commutes a treat, and every model in the lineup provides a rewarding driving experience. Some competitors can match its opulence and on-road performance, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that can bolster those attributes with the Range Rover’s unparalleled off-road capabilities.