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From its easily recognizable exterior to its simply sumptuous interior, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover remains the pinnacle of luxury SUVs. Offering power, performance and luxury in a vehicle more off-road capable than anything else in its class, the Range Rover can take you places a Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator or Audi Q7 wouldn't dare tread. And, unlike some makes, the Range Rover isn't some dressed-up version of a lesser SUV. It is unique from the ground up. 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 2019?

For 2019, the Range Rover goes electric, with a new plug-in hybrid model dubbed the P400e. There's also a new Range Rover coupe, a very exclusive vehicle with only 999 models for sale worldwide and priced around $300,000. As for the rest of the line, new features include a Wade Sensing system for traversing deep water, expanded driver-assist options, including adaptive cruise control with steering assist, available 24-way heated/cooled and massaging front seats, and power recline heated and cooled rear seats. A panoramic sunroof is now standard on all trims.

What We Like

Outstanding supercharged V8 engine; fuel-efficient diesel and plug-in hybrid option; sumptuous interior; more rear legroom on the long-wheelbase model; still an off-road champ

What We Don't

Styling less expressive than that of previous Range Rovers; similar features can be found on less expensive competitors; jury is still out on long-term reliability; still no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

How Much?

$89,895-$180,000

Fuel Economy

The Range Rover's standard engine is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 producing 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. In the HSE trim, this same engine is tuned to produce 380 hp. An 8-speed automatic is the only available transmission. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the standard engine's fuel economy at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Optional on the SE and the HSE is a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 good for 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates for this engine are 22 mpg city/28 mpg hwy. The new plug-in hybrid is available on the HSE and uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and electric motor to generate 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy estimates are not yet available, but Land Rover says the P400e can travel up to 31 miles solely on electric power and that the hybrid system in no way limits the vehicle's maximum water-wading depth.

The Supercharged models are powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 good for an astounding 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates for this engine are a meager 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy. The new SVAutobiography Dynamic uses the same engine tuned to 557 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque.

Standard Features & Options

A 2-row luxury SUV, the 2019 Range Rover is offered in five main trim levels: SE, HSE, Supercharged, Autobiography and SVAutobiography Dynamic. The Supercharged and Autobiography are also available in long-wheelbase models, while the SVAutobiography Dynamic is only offered with the standard wheelbase. The new P400e plug-in hybrid is only offered on the short wheelbase HSE trim.

The base Range Rover SE ($89,895) includes 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with washers, the Automatic Access Height air suspension, a hands-free gesture power tailgate, a rear camera washer, LED lighting accents in the front and rear, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, wood interior trim, leather upholstery, multiway power heated front seats with driver memory, a TFT/LCD instrument panel and tri-zone climate control. Also included is a 10.2-in Touch Pro Duo touchscreen infotainment system with voice control, the InControl Pro upgrade, Bluetooth, a hard-drive-based navigation system and a 380-watt Meridian sound system.

The Range Rover SE Td6 ($91,885) includes the same equipment as the supercharged SE but adds the diesel engine.

The Range Rover HSE ($95,045) adds 20-in wheels and a panoramic roof (with optional black trim on the periphery), as well as Windsor 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 HSE P400e ($96,145) adds the plug-in hybrid powertrain and some additional screens to monitor the electric features.

The Range Rover HSE Td6 ($97,045) includes the same equipment as the supercharged HSE but adds the diesel engine.

The Range Rover Supercharged ($105,845 for short wheelbase; $109,890 for long wheelbase) cranks up the power with a supercharged V8 and tacks on 21-in wheels, All-Terrain Progress Control and the 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 ($142,990 for short wheelbase; $149,290 for long wheelbase) is in a league of its own, boasting adaptive LED headlights, start/stop engine technology, reverse-traffic detection with a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, available 22-in wheels, unique color combinations, semi-aniline leather upholstery, 20-way power front seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 1700-watt 29-speaker Meridian sound system and the option of two executive-style rear seats instead of the standard 3-person bench.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic ($178,195, short wheelbase; $208,895, long wheelbase) gains the 557-hp V8, unique suspension calibrations, unique exterior trim and wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, heated and cooling "hot stone" massaging front seats, power recline heated and cooled rear seats, a diamond-quilted seat pattern plus black dash and door appliques with red striping.

Safety options include the Drive Pro package with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with reverse-traffic detection, high-speed emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition, lane-keep assist, a driver condition monitor and a forward-facing camera capable of recognizing speed limit and road hazard signs. The Park Pro package adds parallel and perpendicular park assist. The Vision Assist package adds a head-up display, an LED headlight with auto high-beam control and a surround camera.

Cargo space measures 32.1 cu ft. behind the rear seats and 71.7 cu ft. with the rear seatbacks flipped forward.

Safety

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes and a robust roster of airbags (front, side and full-length side curtain). The various available driver aids include autonomous emergency braking, traffic-sign detection, rear-traffic detection and a blind spot monitoring system.

To date, neither the government nor the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 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 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 calm, cool 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, commanding driving position -- a traditional Range Rover strength. 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, illustrated with a photo of a half-submerged Range Rover. Properly equipped, a Range Rover can tow up to 7,716 pounds.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class -- With numerous recent improvements, the 2019 G-Class nonetheless continues to use a chassis that dates back to the 1970s. It doesn't matter -- we want one anyway.

2019 Infiniti QX80 -- Not traditionally considered a Range Rover competitor, the 3-row QX80 earns its place in this discussion because of its robust 400-hp 5.6-liter V8, bold styling and impressive ride and handling characteristics. It's a great all-around luxury SUV at an appealing price.

2019 Porsche Cayenne -- You give up some off-road ability with the second-generation Cayenne, which shed 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 2014-16 Range Rover will give you almost everything the 2017 model offers and still have its original warranty, but for less money.

Autotrader's Advice

We'd skip the Autobiography series, which could cost you up to $180,000, but the Supercharged model offers the same glorious 518-hp motor at a considerable discount. We're sold. Worried about fuel economy? A loaded HSE turbodiesel or a plug-in hybrid should put your mind at ease. Of course, if money is no object, the SVAutobiography Dynamic's 557 hp and loaded cabin is the obvious choice. Spring for the $9,000 Spectral Racing Red paint job, just for good measure.

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