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Promises the ultimate luxury on- and off-road, largely delivers

PROS

  • Wide engine range
  • Luxury materials and ride
  • Off-road ability
  • Extensive personalisation

CONS

  • Road focused 4x4s handling better
  • Expensive long wheelbase model
  • Feels enormous to drive
  • Lacklustre 3.0-litre petrol

Verdict

The Range Rover SUV’s evolution from countryside workhorse to luxury transport for society’s well-heeled elite means there is more scope for customisation than you could ever really need.

There are half a dozen trim levels, two wheelbase lengths, three types of powertrain and even a supercar-baiting SVAutobiography Dynamic model. A Range Rover for all types of driver.

It’s a line-up that rivals including the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne can’t hold a candle to. But is it the best luxury SUV available?

Supreme on road comfort

Think Range Rover and you’ll naturally imagine a huge SUV yomping around an estate (country, rather than housing) but on tarmac is where the modern car finds its home.

Cossetting air suspension, thick glass windows and massive armchair seats make the Range Rover a supremely comfortable car to drive and be driven in.

If the latter is more up your street you’ll want the long wheelbase car with its Executive Class rear seating, including powered recline, massage function and fridge in the centre console.

Still epic off-road

That said it’s good to know that if you want to take a shortcut across a boggy field the Range Rover has you covered there too.

Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system allows you to select what type of terrain you’re on so it can tune all the various systems for you, or you can leave it up to its own devices in automatic mode.

Gadgets like All Terrain Progress Control (off-road cruise control) and Hill Descent Control makes light work of obstacles, and the Range Rover can wade in water up to 900mm deep.

Massive range of engines

You’ve got the option of two diesels, three petrols and a plug-in hybrid in your Range Rover - all of which we’ve detailed in the Performance section.

At opposite ends of the scale the SVAutobiography version uses a supercharged V8, while the P400e plug-in hybrid combines a 300hp four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 116hp electric motor.

Powering the latter is a 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery, meaning a total system output of 404hp and 640Nm of torque.

The Parkers Verdict

Luxury, image, presence; the Range Rover SUV has it all - a plug-in hybrid model and more glamorous interior added for 2018 means there’s now a model for the environmentally conscious too.

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