By Alexi Falson, 20 May, 2022
Review - Land Rover Range Rover
AF By April 05, 2022
Featuring an all-new platform underneath, the latest Range Rover is far from a styling update, with Land Rover packaging a heap of new off-road equipment and technology, creature comforts and luxurious interior options across the range.
Here in Australia, though, the Range Rover has some steep competition, and due to the fact that it doesn’t come cheap, it needs to out-perform those rivals significantly to justify its price tag.
How well does the latest generation Land Rover Range Rover perform, then? Let’s find out.
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Land Rover Range Rover - D300 SE SWB (221kW) Specifications
|Variant||D300 SE SWB (221kW)|
|Transmission||8 SP AUTOMATIC|
|Engine configuration||DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 24 valves|
|Engine RPM||4000 / 1500|
|Fuel tank size||80.0|
|Fuel usage specs||7.2 / 0.0|
|ANCAP security rating||Unrated|
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How Much Does It Cost?
The Range Rover lineup kicks off from $220,200 for the entry-level SE D300, while the SE P400 is priced at $225,500. Stepping up to the HSE trim level comes at a cost of $241,400 for the HSE D350, while the GSE P530 is priced at $259,500.
From here, the range moves to the Autobiography D350 which is priced at $279,600, with prices rising to $285,100 for the Autobiography long-wheelbase D350, and up to $286,600 for the Autobiography seven-seat D350, and up to $297,600 for the Autobiography P530.
The First Edition D350 is priced at $298,800, while the Autobiography long-wheelbase P530 is priced at $303,100, and the seven-seat Autobiography P530 reaches $304,700.
Finally, the Range Rover lineup tops out in the form of the Range Rover First Edition P530 which is priced at $312,500.
These prices are subject to change, and do not include on-road costs, nor are prices listed for the high-performance Range Rover SVR lineup that should arrive here some time in late 2022.
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What Features Does the Land Rover Range Rover Have?
The entry-level Range Rover SE comes riding on a set of 21-inch alloy wheels, and receives Pixel LED headlights, electronic air suspension, rear-wheel steering, a powered boot lift, panoramic glass roof, 12.0-inch digital driver’s display and a 13.1-inch infotainment system with DAB+, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless smartphone charging, as well as three-zone climate control, a 14-speaker Meridian sound system, heated and ventilated front seats with leather upholstery, a surround-view camera and adaptive cruise control, atop a long list of safety equipment.
Opting for the Range Rover HSE adds a set of 22-inch alloys, digital LED headlights, a head-up display, a set of heated, ventilated and reclining rear seats, an autonomous parking assistant and a camera view in the rear-view mirror.
Moving up to the Autobiography range adds a unique exterior styling package, black brake calipers, panoramic sunroof, executive rear seats, heated steering wheel, two-tone leather headliner, four-zone climate control, additional underfloor storage in the boot and a 34-four Meridian sound system.
Finally, the Range Rover First Edition receives 23-inch alloys, Ecru walnut veneers inside, First Edition treadplates, a refrigerated central console and privacy glass all around the cabin.
Pixel LED headlights
Electronic air suspension
Powered boot lift
Panoramic glass roof
12.0-inch digital driver’s display
13.1-inch infotainment system with DAB+, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Wireless smartphone charging
Three-zone climate control
Adaptive cruise control
Heated & ventilated front seats
14-speaker Meridian sound system
22-inch alloys (Autobiography)
Panoramic sunroof (Autobiography)
Heated steering wheel (Autobiography)
Two-tone leather headliner (Autobiography)
34-speaker Meridian sound system (Autobiography)
Executive rear seats (Autobiography)
23-inch alloys (First Edition)
Ecru walnut veneer (First Edition)
Refrigerated central console (First Edition)
Land Rover Range Rover Colours
The latest generation Range Rover is available in a wide range of colours, including Fuji White, Santorini Black, Yulong White, Rossello Red, Byron Blue, Eiger Grey, Portofino Blue, Aruba, Carpathian Grey, Silicon Silver, Borealis Black, Bosphorus Grey, British Racing Green, Ligurian Black, desire, Ethereal, Flux, Veriber Silver, Windward Grey, Mescalito Black, Rio Gold, Scafell Grey, Madagascar Orange, Balmoral Blue and Velocity.
Is it Comfortable to Drive?
The previous generation Range Rover was on one of the most comfortable vehicles you can get your hands on, and we’re pleased to report that in its latest form, it’s only gotten better.
Within a few seconds behind the wheel, it feels as though you’ve been transported to a comfortable lounge room on wheels that has a heap of power at its disposal to get up and moving in a short period of time.
Power is supplied by a range of four engines, with all but the P530’s V8 receiving some mild-hybrid tech to reduce your fuel consumption. The entry-level D300 receives a powerful turbo-diesel pushing out 221kW of power and 650Nm of torque, while the range-topper pushes out 390kW and 750Nm of torque.
Whichever engine you opt for, the Range Rover lineup is undeniably impressive in terms of power delivery and the smooth driving quality, which is helped by the eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive platform that feels sturdy and confidence-inspiring on a range of surfaces.
For its sheer size and stature, the Range Rover has been designed to be remarkably user-friendly for inexperienced drivers that are new to the world of large SUVs, and with the lightweight steering range and range of technology assists, driving the Range Rover remains within reach for all driving levels.
The addition of rear-wheel steering also means that the Range Rover has become more agile in tight environments you’ll find around town, offering a significantly more compact turning circle which makes getting in and out of tight spots a simpler task than before.
The headlines of the driving experience are the immense amount of power, the cushioned, adjustable air suspension that irons out major irregularities on the road and the smooth transmission that makes each and every journey a little bit more special.
Is it Practical and Spacious?
With both five and seven-seat configurations available throughout the Range Rover lineup, there’s a bodyshape for all types of Australian families, each of which benefits from JLR’s exceptionally well-crafted interiors filled with premium appointments and the latest technology.
Up front, the driver and front passenger are welcomed by an extremely comfortable set of leather-upholstered seats that rival the seating experience of the world’s best private jets. The seating position is high, giving the driver a great forward view, while the tall roof pillar and large windows add to the sense of space and airiness inside the cabin.
The minimalist approach to cabin packaging positions the infotainment system atop a sleek centre console lined with a walnut veneer which houses two separate storage areas in front of the large folding armrest, with added practical elements of a two-tiered glovebox and a set of door bins either side for added storage.
Move to the rear of the cabin and you’ll find an exceptionally well-appointed bench seat with absolutely acres of space for those seated in the second row, with two ISOFIX anchors easy to access at the base of the outboard seats.
The Range Rover’s wide and tall platform lends itself perfectly to rear-seat comfort and practicality, while also offering a seven-seat configuration for two extra sets of legs in the third row. It also enables a heap of boot space in both the five- and seven-seat variants, with 1,050L of boot space on offer in the standard five-seat Range Rover, which drops to 312L in the seven-seat variant.
All up, the Range Rover’s sheer size offers one of the most spacious, comfortable and practical cabin designs that you’ll find in any seven-seat SUV.
Is the Range Rover Good Off-Road and While Towing?
For all of its sleek sophistication on sealed roads, the Range Rover remains an absolute powerhouse when it comes to off-road driving and towing large, heavy objects.
In terms of off-road driving, JLR has thrown in its All Terrain Progress Response & Control system that can adapt to different surfaces, while the electronic differential with torque vectoring sends power to where it is needed in real-time.
With an aggressive approach and departure angle of 34.7.5 and 29.0 degrees respectively, combined with ground clearance of 218mm, wading depth of 900mm and a heap of torque from its engine lineup, the Range Rover is an absolute beast when pushed off-road.
For those wondering about its pulling power, the Range Rover is rated at 3,500kg of braked towing capacity, while the Range Rover’s gross vehicle mass (GVM) stands at 3,350kg and the gross combination mass (GCM) is rated at 6,850kg, making it an absolute powerhouse when it comes to towing.
Is it Safe?
While the latest Range Rover is yet to be officially rated by ANCAP, it’s a safe bet to assume that it will receive the same five-star safety rating its predecessors have.
As standard, all Range Rover variants are packaged with autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors as well as a surround-view camera.
Is it Fuel Efficient?
For its size, certain engines within the Range Rover lineup are impressive when it comes to fuel economy, with the SE D300, HSE D350 and Autobiography rated at just 7.2L per 100km on a combined cycle, which is outstanding for a vehicle of its stature.
Opting for more powerful diesel engines brings the fuel economy up to 9.1L/100km for the P400, while the petrol-powered P530 lineup is rated at 11.8L/100km.
Our Verdict: Is the Range Rover Worth it?
The latest generation Range Rover takes an already impressive recipe and improves upon it dramatically.
The end result of all of this is nothing short of staggering, providing one of the most comfortable driving experiences you’ll find on the road, combined with real-world and impressively hardcore off-road potential that made its parent company the iconic brand we know today.
As a result, we can’t help but recommend adding the Range Rover to your shortlist of premium SUVs for you and the family. On that note, if you’re in the market for a new car, you can get a free quote and see how much OnlineAuto can save you on your next car, or call us on 1300 719 925
Five Specs You Need to Know
Five-year, unlimited KM warranty
Four engines available; two diesel and two petrol options
Hybrid P510e plug-in hybrid arriving soon
1,050L of boot space in five-seat version; 312L in seven-seat layout
Yet to receive ANCAP safety rating
Unparalleled space and opulence inside the cabin
Smooth engine and transmission combinations
Air suspension makes light work of rough road surfaces
Impressive fuel economy for base diesel variant
Steep options prices
Thirsty petrol variants
No official ANCAP safety rating, yet
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