Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Six drivetrains are available in total
  • Two plug-in hybrids, electric to follow
  • Excellent eight-speed auto and four-wheel drive

Petrol engines

The Range Rover petrol lineup is a simple one in lieu of high-performance SV versions that may follow in years to come. entry level model is the P400 petrol, which uses a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine featuring mild-hybrid technology to help with efficiency and improve fuel consumption. It develops 400hp and delivers around 25mpg in real-world driving.

Top of the line for petrols right now is the P530, which is effortless enough to deliver thumping performance in an effortless way. As the name implies, this BMW-sourced V8 power unit develops 530hp for safe overtaking and unstressed motorway driving. It’s a twin-turbo unit, so has the potential for near-socially-acceptable fuel consumption, while getting from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds. There’s much to like about it. It sounds good, pulling with a refined V8 gargle, and its hefty combination of torque and power serve to make the Range Rover feel lighter than it is.

All models are four-wheel drive and come with an eight-speed gearbox, with a low-range transfer ‘box for effective off-road ability. You get all of the Land Rover systems, too, such as dynamic air suspension, Terrain Response 2, and a 900mm wading depth. This ability might not be a priority for many Range Rover drivers, but it’s still an important part of the car’s DNA.

Diesel engines

Still important to Range Rover drivers, the option to choose from two diesel power units is a welcome one. Available in D300 and D350 guise, they’re both powered by Land Rover’s 3.0-litre straight-six diesel. They’re effectively the same engine in two states of tune – the D300 makes 300hp while the more muscular D350 musters develops 350hp.

As you’d expect, the diesel engine is whisper quiet at all times, with little in the way of audible ‘chatter’ at idle. It pulls strongly from low revs and delivers excellent punch without needing to extend the engine or use Dynamic mode to wake up the automatic transmission. In many ways, this is the optimum Range Rover for those who travel long distances.

The D350 suits the car down to the ground. It’s barely any slower than the petrol on real roads, incredibly civilised for a diesel and lends the car a wonderfully laidback character. That it’s also more cost-effective both to buy and to run just adds to the appeal and makes it an easy pick for us.

Hybrid engines

We’ve yet to try the P440e and P510e PHEVs, but they look very impressive. These plug-in hybrids are the first step to electrification for the fifth-generation Range Rover. Its 3.0-litre petrol is mated to a 140hp motor for 450 or 510hp. On the road, it should be very effective given its huge battery and ample power output – claimed 0-62mph for the P510e is 5.5 seconds.

What’s it like to drive?

  • Hugely refined and comfortable
  • Impressive body control in Dynamic mode
  • Ride quality is very impressive

On the move it’s effortless, even at speed. You sit high, of course, with fantastic visibility. The steering isn’t as vague and light as before, with the precise, intuitively weighted system building confidence immediately. This is especially impressive given the new four-wheel steering system that boosts agility and makes tight manoeuvres so much easier.

Despite lots of clever chassis tech, there is still some bodyroll in corners although it is very much in keeping with the traditional Range Rover feel. Grip levels are high, so it’s possible to comfortably carry plenty of speed down a B-road should you wish. Those after more thrills should look at a Porsche Cayenne or Bentley Bentayga.

Comfort should always be a Range Rover priority, and the new car doesn’t disappoint. It’s delightfully supple, ironing out the road’s surface incredibly well, especially at speed. Only the odd pothole will generate a bit of a thud, but it’s much less pronounced that in its predecessor or rivals such as the X7 and GLS. With very little wind, road or engine noise, it’s a truly excellent long-distance cruiser.

The four-wheel drive system is equally fluent on-road and off it, where its low-range ratios give the Range Rover the kind of loose-surface ability most rivals can only dream of. We tested out the four-wheel drive system on steep, rocky trails which, though not easy, barely scratched the surface of the car’s ability. Rivals would have surely floundered nonetheless, lacking as they do the Rangie’s formidable arsenal of off-road-ready systems.