New 2018 Land Rover Range Rover SUV New 2018
Land Rover Range Rover SUV

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

Opulent, extravagant and refined, with the power of a supercar, the off-road capability of a monster truck and the comfort of a Montauk mansion, the full-size 2018 Land Rover Range Rover is the ultimate large luxury SUV. It’s also Land Rover’s largest and most expensive model. It’s available in two wheelbases and five trim levels with a fuel-efficient diesel, a supercharged V6 or a burly supercharged V8 packing as much as 557 horsepower. Prices start around $88,500 for a short-wheelbase Range Rover powered by the 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6. The 254-horsepower diesel costs an additional $2,000. Prices top out over $209,000 for a long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography, powered by the supercharged 5.0-liter V8, an engine also used in the Jaguar F-Type sports car. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz GLS and G-Class and the Bentley Bentayga.

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You'll Like This SUV If...

If you like power, panache and prestige, if you enjoy being pampered and appreciate a vehicle that can coddle and indulge you in an epicurean cocoon of lavish materials, hedonic pleasures and unmitigated silence regardless of road conditions and Mother Nature’s whim, you’ll like the new 2018 Land Rover Range Rover.

You May Not Like This SUV If...

If your ultimate luxury SUV has three rows of seating you’ll have to look elsewhere, as the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover only seats five. Three-row competitors include the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Bentley Bentayga and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, which is similar but less expensive than its sibling.

What's New for 2018

For 2018 Land Rover has improved the new Range Rover with new elaborate LED headlights, wider and softer front seats with more adjustment, Hot Stone massage and heated armrests and an updated infotainment system. There’s also a new 557-horsepower SVAutobiography Dynamic model that can thrust from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

Perched up in its driver’s seat, you feel like there’s nothing the 2018 Range Rover can’t handle, nothing it can’t get you through, from a zombie apocalypse to preschoolers, blizzards and that holiday trip to grandma’s. Oh, grandma lives in the jungles of Borneo? No problem. The Range Rover feels solid, like a tank, and it weighs two and half tons, but our Supercharged model was refined, light on its feet, easy to maneuver and fun to hustle through traffic. It’s agile, and its light steering and tight turning circle make it easy to park. Power is never a problem and there’s always more in reserve. The big burly V8 sounds like it was plucked from a muscle car, the automatic transmission is smooth and responsive, and the standard all-wheel-drive system provides incredible grip on all surfaces. The Range Rover’s long-travel air suspension is softly sprung and compliant, and it’s extremely quiet and comfortable out on the highway.

Favorite Features

ACTIVITY KEY
A new standard feature on the 2018 Range Rover is called Activity Key. It’s a wearable waterproof and robust device worn on the wrist, much like a Fitbit, and it can lock and unlock the SUV. This allows you to leave the keys behind when surfing, mountain biking or hiking. Clever.

EMERGENCY BRAKING
Standard on all Range Rovers, this important safety system provides autonomous emergency braking when necessary if the system detects a forward collision is about to take place. First it will warn the driver of the danger, but if action is not taken the Land Rover will apply the brakes for the driver. Also standard are Lane Departure Warning and front and rear parking sensors.

Vehicle Details

Interior

Comfortable, opulent and artistically crafted, the interior of the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover is one of the finest you’ll find at any price point. Detailed to perfection it marvelously blends old-world British charm and the build quality of fine custom furniture with modern technology, including two large touch screens and well-thought-out ergonomics. Every surface is covered in the finest leather, stitched to perfection, and surrounded by finely crafted wood and aluminum. The new wider and soft front seats are decadent, providing intense heat and 25 different massage programs. Even the armrests are heated. Rear-seat space is abundant, especially in the long-wheelbase models, which have enough rear legroom for a couple of Shaquille O’Neals.

Exterior

It isn’t easy designing an SUV that looks both rugged and elegant, one that is understated but sexy and imposing, one that looks rich and expensive but falls short of ostentation and pretension. It isn’t easy but somehow the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover pulls it off. It’s a fantastic-looking thing, with slab sides, large glass and short overhangs. It's also surprisingly compact, with even the long-wheelbase model being only as long as a Chevy Traverse. Our favorite detail? The crease linking the headlights and taillights, which slices through the door handles, and ultimately underlines “Range Rover” on the SUV’s unique clamshell tailgate.

Notable Standard Equipment

Land Rover’s 2018 base-model Range Rover comes with the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 good for 340 horsepower, 4-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case and Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which has settings for different terrain including Sand and Snow, and roll-stability control. Inside you'll find leather seating, a 10.2-inch InControl touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and a 380-watt Meridian audio system. There are also 3-zone automatic climate control, reclining rear seats, and 10-way-power-adjustable front seats. Out back is a hands-free gesture-controlled power hatch that flips the glass half up first, then lowers the tailgate, which makes for a comfortable place to sit and watch the sunset.

Notable Optional Equipment

Step up to the HSE model (our choice) and you get the Panoramic Roof, Oxford perforated leather, 14-way-power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, 20-inch wheels, a more powerful supercharged V6, and other features. If you want V8 power, the supercharged level adds the 5.0-liter V8, plus Dynamic Response, Terrain Response 2, All-Terrain Progress Control, fog lights, 21-inch wheels and trim items. The new SVAutobiography Dynamic and LWB add a 557-horsepower version of the V8, plus a specially tuned suspension and a Meridian sound system with 1,700 watts (!), 29 speakers and 3D Surround Sound. And that doesn't even count stand-alone options.

Under the Hood

The standard 2018 Range Rover engine is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower; the HSE model gets the same engine with 380 horsepower, and both are available with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 with 443 lb-ft of torque. The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 is available in 518- and 557-horsepower versions if you need your massive luxury SUV to get moving in a hurry. Every engine comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Note that the diesel however is an excellent choice, offering gobs of low-end torque, but while still getting 22-mpg city and 28-mpg highway. And, with any engine, the towing capacity is an impressive 7,716 pounds, the English equivalent of 3,500 kg.

3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
254 horsepower @ 3,750 rpm
443 lb-ft of torque at 1,750-2,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg

3.0-liter supercharged V6
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg

3.0-liter supercharged V6
380 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg

5.0-liter supercharged V8
518 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 mpg

5.0-liter supercharged V8
557 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
502 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 mpg

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Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base-model 2018 Land Rover Range Rover starts at about $88,500, which isn't bad, while long-wheelbase versions start at about $110,000. But hold on: Opt for the top-line Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB and you'll be shelling out more than $200,000. To start. There are lots of options in between, with the diesel engine available for about $90,000, and the V8 at close to $106,000. The HSE model -- especially with the diesel -- splits the difference between luxury and decadence for a price right about $97,000. No matter how you slice it, that's more expensive than the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Infiniti QX80, BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade and Audi Q7, but less than a Bentley Bentayga, which also packs over 600 horsepower. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Range Rover's resale value is expected to trail that of its competitors.

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