Editor’s note: If you’re looking for information on a newer Land Rover Range Rover, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Review.
While it’s true that most luxury SUVs rarely, if ever, venture off road, those fortunate enough to own a 2015 Land Rover Range Rover can take comfort in the knowledge they are driving one of the most capable and competent off-road SUVs ever built.
Of course, most owners don’t buy the Range Rover for its off-road abilities, but rather for its status as the standard by which other luxury SUVs are judged. Powerful, comfortable and surprisingly agile for its size, the Land Rover Range Rover is the ultimate expression of ruggedness and comfort wrapped in a very seductive shell.
What’s New for 2015?
Changes for 2015 are limited to new features and options bundles, most notably a new Driver Assistance package and a long-wheelbase model for the HSE trim. Ten-way power seats replace last year’s 8-way set, while soft door closers and climate-controlled seats are added to the HSE.
What We Like
What We Don’t
Styling less expressive than previous Range Rovers; fuel economy still lacking; jury still out on long-term reliability
The Range Rover’s standard engine is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 producing 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic is the only available transmission. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates its fuel economy at 17 miles per gallon city in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
The Supercharged models are powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 good for an astounding 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates for this engine are a meager 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy.
Standard Features & Options
A 2-row luxury SUV, the 2015 Range Rover is offered in four main trim levels: base, HSE, Supercharged and Autobiography.
The base Range Rover ($84,420) includes 19-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights with washers, LED lighting accents in the front and rear, a power tailgate, a heated steering wheel, wood interior trim, leather upholstery, multi-way power heated front seats with driver memory, a TFT/LCD instrument panel and tri-zone climate control. Also included is an 8-in touchscreen infotainment system with voice control, Bluetooth, a hard-drive-based navigation system and a 380-watt Meridian sound system.
The Range Rover HSE ($90,920) adds 20-in wheels and a panoramic roof (with optional black trim on the periphery), as well as niceties such as Oxford leather upholstery, heated rear seats, climate-controlled front seats, winged headrests in both rows and available massaging front seats with power-adjustable bolsters. Quad-zone climate control and a self-parking system with automated steering are also offered.
The Range Rover Supercharged ($102,920) cranks up the power with a supercharged V8 and tacks on 21-in wheels and an upgraded Terrain Response 2 Auto adaptive off-road driving system. But otherwise, it’s pretty similar to the HSE in terms of equipment.
The Range Rover Autobiography ($138,920) is in a league of its own, as it boasts adaptive xenon headlights, start/stop engine technology, reverse traffic detection with blind spot monitoring, available 22-in wheels, unique color combinations, semi-aniline leather upholstery, 20-way power front seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, an 825-watt 29-speaker Meridian sound system and the option of two executive-style rear seats instead of the standard 3-person bench. A long-wheelbase model is also available this year.
The Autobiography Black LWB with Valloire Paint ($201,920) is the ultimate Range Rover, loaded with every possible option.
Options for the base model include 20-in wheels, adaptive cruise control and a full-length panoramic roof.
New safety options this year include the Driver Assistance package with parallel and perpendicular park assist, traffic sign recognition and the lane-departure warning system that includes a forward-facing camera capable of recognizing speed limit and road hazard signs.
Cargo space measures 32.1 cu ft. behind the rear seats and 71.7 cu ft. with the rear seat backs flipped forward.
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and a robust roster of airbags (front, side and full-length side curtain). The various available driver aids include rear traffic detection and blind spot monitoring. See the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover models for sale near you
To date, neither the government nor the independent Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the new Range Rover, but chances are you’ll be well-protected in an accident.
Behind the Wheel
No matter which engine you choose, the Range Rover is fast — very fast. But the overarching impression here is one of world-class refinement. Whether you’re making time in the fast lane or gliding across sand dunes in the desert, the Range Rover remains cool, calm and collected. The standard air suspension keeps the ride smooth on just about any surface, while a variety of electronic aids keep you on course in corners. We also love the super-high command driving position — a traditional Range Rover strength that happily persists here. No vehicle is invincible, but perhaps the Range Rover comes closer than any other to feeling that way.
Land Rover’s website is full of fun facts about the Range Rover’s insane off-road capabilities. Our favorite is the 35.4-in wading depth, replete with a photo illustration of a half-submerged Range Rover. Properly equipped, a Range Rover can tow up to 7,716 pounds.
Other Cars to Consider
2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class — Treated to numerous improvements last year, the 2015 G-Class nonetheless continues to employ a chassis that dates to the 1970s. It doesn’t matter; we want one anyway.
2015 Infiniti QX80 — Not traditionally considered a Range Rover competitor, the 3-row QX80 earns its place in this discussion on the basis of its robust 5.6-liter V8, bold styling and genuine off-roader roots. It’s a great all-around truck at an appealing price.
2015 Porsche Cayenne — You give up some off-road ability with the second-generation Cayenne, which lost some weight of its own by shedding its hardcore trail-busting hardware. But the payoff is sports-carlike handling that the Range Rover can’t touch.
Used Land Rover Range Rover — A 2014 Range Rover will give you almost everything the 2015 model offers and still have its original warranty, but for less money.
We’d skip the Autobiography that could cost you $130,000-$200,000 and up, but the Supercharged model offers the same glorious 510-hp motor at a considerable discount. We’re sold.