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Hefty Excise Taxes Mean a Range Rover Costs Nearly Four Times as Much Outside the U.S.

Walk into one of the dozens of Land Rover dealers scattered across the U.S. and, so long as you aren’t tempted by any of the automaker’s numerous optional extras, you can find a flagship Range Rover for about $92,000.

That’s big money, though it admittedly does buy you a lot of luxury SUV even in base, zero-options form.

That price tag is also $20,000 less than you’d pay for a base Range Rover from the showroom closest to the Land Rover assembly plant in Solihull, England, at least accounting for conversion to the U.S. dollar. In fact, at around $115,000, the United Kingdom is the seventh-least expensive place to buy a new Range Rover, according to a study conducted by, a United Arab Emirates-based car insurance comparison website.

Here’s a quick look at the 10 least expensive places to buy a Range Rover, including approximate base prices when converted from local currencies to U.S. dollars:

  1. United States — $92,200
  2. Canada — $92,300
  3. Bahrain — $101,100
  4. Qatar — $111,700
  5. Romania — $111,956
  6. Oman — $114,700
  7. United Kingdom — $115,100
  8. Kuwait — $120,900
  9. Morocco — $112,900
  10. Kazakhstan — $122,900

Now, there’s a lot more to it than just base prices since various excise taxes are required to be incorporated into an advertised figure in most countries — not including the U.S. or Canada, that is.

Taxes and various fees in the U.S. and Canada are usually collected when the vehicle is registered and can vary down to even the smallest jurisdictions. For instance, a buyer can be expected to spend somewhere around $10,000 in taxes and fees on a base Range Rover in Los Angeles. In Montana, that same Range Rover can be registered for a few hundred dollars.

Still, that makes an American Range Rover a lot cheaper than one in nearly any other country. Here’s a look at the 10 countries surveyed with the highest Range Rover list prices:

53. Malaysia — $356,300

52. Singapore — $354,400

51. Vietnam — $352,474

50. Hong Kong — $336,800

49. Cambodia — $314,200

48. Brunei — $259,600

47. Thailand — $246,600

46. Myanmar — $240,300

45. China — $191,000

44. Greece — $183,700

Excise taxes on imported cars can massively inflate price tags, though in some countries it’s possible to partially skirt these laws by importing a used vehicle — perhaps one that was “used” for only a few miles between the original selling dealer in, say, Long Beach, California, and the port where it was loaded into a shipping container and sent to Asia. Find a Range Rover for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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