The Range Rover has four basic powertrain lineups, each with its own set of strengths and weaknesses: Entry-level models are powered by a supercharged V-6 while top-of-the-line models feature a raucous supercharged V-8; a diesel V-6 is also available. Every Range Rover comes standard with a selectable all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. We don’t have recent test numbers for a Range Rover with the standard supercharged V-6 engine; the diesel Range we tested in 2016 delivered passable-but-relaxed acceleration times. The V-8, on the other hand, delivers shocking acceleration runs and even the most committed environmentalists will have to admit it sounds glorious.
Every Range Rover comes standard with leather seats, a heated leather steering wheel, and wood-veneer trim. When you move up into the more expensive versions, that leather is extended to the headliner, the seats add a massaging function, and the carpet that lines the cargo compartment can be swapped for handsomely finished wood. That’s to say nothing of the metal armrest-adjustment knobs, satin-brushed metal cupholders, and bottle cooler that come in top-of-the-line SVAutobiography models.
The Range’s 32 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row may seem impressive, but it’s surprisingly near the bottom of its segment. Still, it can accommodate 13 carry-on cases when the back seats are in use, which is more than enough for most four- or five-person families.
The privilege of owning a Range Rover comes with a princely price tag no matter which model you choose, but since it’s all about the luxury (isn’t it?), we’d go with the more expensive long-wheelbase model. It boasts extra rear-seat legroom and we’d pay to upgrade those rear seats to feature a power reclining feature with heat and ventilation. We’d also select the Drive Pro package, which adds adaptive cruise control with full-speed range, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist.