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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Review

The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover is the company’s flagship SUV, and in the eyes of many, the pinnacle of what a luxury SUV should be. From its iconic boxy exterior styling to its lavish interiors, the Range Rover line caters to the well-off in exactly the manner they are accustomed. However, unlike such luxury makes as the Cadillac Escalade, the Lincoln Navigator and the Audi Q7, the Land Rover Range Rover is also an impressively competent off-road vehicle. 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 2020?

For 2020, the old supercharged V6 is replaced by a new turbocharged in-line 6 with a mild hybrid setup. The engine is available in the P360 (355 horsepower) or P400 (395 horsepower), the later exclusively on the HSE trim. New paint and wheel options round out the changes for 2020. See the Land Rover Range Rover models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Outstanding supercharged V8 engine
  • Fuel-efficient diesel and plug-in hybrid options
  • 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

How Much?

$91,00-$180,000

Fuel Economy

The Range Rover’s standard engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 producing 355 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. In the HSE P400 trim, this same engine is tuned to produce 395 hp. An 8-speed automatic is the only available transmission. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the standard engine’s fuel economy at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Optional on the base and the HSE is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 good for 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates for this engine are 22 mpg city/28 mpg hwy. The 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 for the hybrid 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.

Optional on the HSE and standard on the Autobiography is 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 16 mpg city/21 mpg hwy. The SVAutobiography Dynamic and Autobiography long wheelbase use the same engine tuned to 557 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Its EPA figures drop to 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy (13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy for the long wheelbase).

Standard Features & Options

A 2-row luxury SUV, the 2020 Range Rover is offered in four main trim levels: base, HSE, Autobiography and SVAutobiography Dynamic. The HSE and Autobiography are also available in long-wheelbase models, while the SVAutobiography Dynamic is only offered with the standard wheelbase. The P400e plug-in hybrid is only offered with the short wheelbase.

The base Range Rover P360 ($90,900) includes 19-in 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 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, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a hard-drive-based navigation system and a 380-watt Meridian sound system. Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, front and rear park assist and lane-keeping assist.

The Range Rover Td6 D260 ($91,700) includes the same equipment as the P360 but adds the diesel engine.

The Range Rover HSE P400 ($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, a heated steering wheel and climate-controlled front seats. The Drive and Park pack’s self-parking system with automated steering is also here.

The Range Rover HSE P400e ($95,950) adds the plug-in hybrid powertrain and some additional screens to monitor the electric features, Terrain Response 2, and an upgraded audio package.

The Range Rover HSE Td6 D260 ($96,950) includes the same equipment as the supercharged HSE but adds the diesel engine.

The Range Rover HSE P525 ($105,950 for short wheelbase; $109,950 for long wheelbase) cranks up the power with a supercharged V8 and tacks on 21-in wheels.

The Range Rover Autobiography ($143,800 for short wheelbase; $150,300 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. All-Terrain Progress Control and the Terrain Response 2 Auto adaptive off-road driving system are also standard along with the contents of the Drive Pro and Park Pro packs.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic ($178,500, short wheelbase) gains the 557-hp V8, unique suspension calibrations, unique exterior trim and wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, heated and cooled "hot stone" massaging front seats, power recline heated and cooled rear seats and a diamond-quilted seat pattern, plus black dash and door appliques with red striping.

The SVAutobiography ($209,500, long wheelbase) is the ultimate Land Rover with just about every imaginable feature and one of the most luxurious rear seats in the business.

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-keeping 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 2020 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

2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class — With numerous recent improvements, the 2020 G-Class nonetheless continues to remain faithful to the original concept. It rides rougher than the Range Rover, and you’ll hear and feel the wind in this one.

2020 Lincoln Navigator While not as off-road capable as the Range Rover, the Navigator is plenty powerful and can tow up to 8,700 pounds. It offers a 3rd-row seat, and its interior is a stunning example of unique American luxury.

2020 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 2016-2018 Range Rover will give you almost everything the 2020 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 HSE 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.   Find a Land Rover Range Rover for sale

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