2017 Land Rover Range Rover Review
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Review
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- Balances off-road with luxury better than anything else in the class
- Numerous interior and exterior options to tailor build your car
- Long-wheelbase variant for those needing additional rear legroom
- Available with a diesel
- Large wheels can bring vibration and noise into the cabin at highway speeds
- Capability means compromise, as highway steering may be too heavy for some
- Standard engine's modest power may disappoint
For 2017, the Range Rover gets a new SVAutobiography Dynamic trim level. The Dynamic has a more powerful supercharged V8 and its own suspension calibration that features active stabilizer bars to tame body roll during sportier driving. All 2017 Range Rovers benefit from increased in-car technology thanks to a new infotainment system (InControl Touch Pro). A few advanced safety feature revisions, including a new Advanced Tow Assist, round out the changes for 2017.
Land Rover's Range Rover is a five-person, all-wheel-drive sport-utility vehicle that has infiltrated popular culture to the point where people refer to it strictly by model name. At its core, the Range Rover is an all-terrain vehicle that's designed to take its passengers in comfort over hill and through valley as well as through the rough and tumble of downtown city streets.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.92 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
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$249/mo for Range Rover Base
Range Rover Base
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This effortless performance is achieved through powerful engine options, a clever all-wheel-drive system and an adjustable suspension system. This allows the Range Rover to traverse rutted roads and snowy or muddy trails with confidence. Meanwhile, a plethora of interior and exterior options help make your Range Rover unique.
It's this go-anywhere capability that has garnered the Range Rover its reputation. Combined with its stately exterior and interior designs and five trim levels spanning multiple price segments, the Range Rover easily earns our recommendation for a luxury SUV.
Edmunds' Expert Rating4.0 / 5
Combining luxury and civility with off-road and foul weather capability, the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover coddles passengers in leather and wood and offers a wealth of options for customization. A long-wheelbase option is also available for those needing more room for backseat passengers.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our test of the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover HSE TD6 (turbo 3.0L V6 diesel | 8-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current 2017 Land Rover Range Rover has received some revisions, including a revised InControl Touch Pro navigation and entertainment system and the new Terrain Response 2, an automated driving mode system. Our findings, however, remain broadly applicable to this year's Range Rover.
|Overall||4.0 / 5|
The Range Rover HSE delivers exactly what you'd expect — a quiet and mostly soft ride in a handsome but conservative package that offers ample passenger and cargo space. We tested the torquey and smooth diesel engine, but the supercharged V8 is great, too.
The diesel V6 generates a healthy serving of torque and enough power to get this 5,492-pound Range Rover moving fairly effortlessly. When pressed hard, it will accelerate to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, a respectably quick figure for such a boxy beast.
Pedal travel is a bit long, but that's not a bad trait in an off-roader. More to the point, these brakes are effective and can reliably execute a panic stop from 60 mph in just 117 feet. This comes with abundant nosedive, but it stays arrow-straight.
On-center steering feel is secure when cruising down the road and making fine course corrections. The steering ratio is neither too slow nor too quick, with just three turns lock to lock. The tidy U-turn radius makes for good parking maneuverability.
You'll feel all of the the Range Rover's weight going around turns. It begrudgingly responds to commands. This one does not like to be hustled through twisty bits, but it does feel coordinated in its own stately way.
The throttle pedal's accurate calibration makes for smooth starts, and the eight-speed transmission always responds as expected when it's time to accelerate. The engine stop-start system reacts quickly enough that we never felt the need to disable it.
Low-range gearing, impressive suspension articulation, generous body clearance and multiple terrain maps give the Range Rover off-road capability its buyers may never fully utilize. It is deceptively wide, though.
Above all, the Range Rover is a quiet machine, even when equipped with the diesel engine. There's a definite luxury slant to its ride character, but it could be better at filtering out sharp edges. The seats are firmer than we'd like.
The well-sculpted seats offer good support but can feel firm if your shape doesn't match. Numerous adjustments make that unlikely, but we'd prefer more padding. The fold-down front armrests are adjustable but are also firm and narrow.
The Range Rover has an odd combination of long-travel suspension softness that you'll notice when driving over bumps and a sensitivity to road surface coarseness, particularly on concrete and cracked asphalt. It's like a Buick with overinflated tires.
Noise & vibration4.5
We'd describe this one as silent even if it weren't a boxy SUV. There's not much road or wind noise. Some diesel noise is apparent at parking speeds, but it's admirably muted and melds into the background as speed picks up.
The Range Rover feels big inside, and once you climb aboard it offers a good view outside. Most of the controls are easy to use, but the audio and entertainment system interface isn't as convenient as we'd like. The generous cargo hold benefits from a split two-piece hatch with a short tailgate.
Ease of use3.5
Driving position is nicely adjustable, and the major controls are for the most part logically placed. A lack of control knobs is annoying, though.
Getting in/getting out3.5
The air suspension lowers when the vehicle is parked to reduce step-in (and cargo-loading) height. The doors open wide, but there are no pillar-mounted grab handles to grasp.
The Range Rover's seats are quite roomy, with ample head- and legroom and shoulder room and a generally airy feeling front and back. Note: Despite outward appearances, the Range Rover only seats five; there is no third-row option.
The beltline is low and there's lots of glass, with a high seating position that helps the driver see down past the corners. The optional multicamera system helps in tight quarters, and there are parking proximity sensors.
The Range Rover HSE looks well built inside and out, but the interior materials in particular look a bit plain and overly conservative. It's more an issue of style than quality, we suppose, but those two often go hand in hand.
The Range Rover's interior is large but follows the European design edict that states the inside of the car should be meant only for driving. Thus, it lacks many of the small storage spaces that owners of American and Asian SUVs may be used to.
For such a big car, the door pockets are small and there's virtually no cubby space. All your daily knickknacks will have to fit in the glovebox and console. At least those are decently sized.
The cargo hold is large, and the two-piece tailgate makes it easy to cram it full because the lower half acts as a fence when the hatch is open. The backseat doesn't come close to folding flat, though, and it can't fold at all on long-wheelbase models.
Immense diesel torque is perfect for towing, and the air suspension is adept at supporting trailer tongue weight. The Range Rover comes well prepared to tow right up to its modest 7,716-pound towing limit.
Which Range Rover does Edmunds recommend?
If you're in the demographic able to afford a Range Rover, picking one largely comes down to getting a configuration that suits your needs and desires. We recommend opting for either the Td6, with its fuel-efficient diesel engine, or going the distance with the Supercharged variant and its extremely strong (but thirsty) supercharged V8. Though equipped in the same vehicle, these powertrains show two different sides to the Range Rover: stately, calm and effortless with the turbocharged diesel or aggressive, sonorous and responsive with the supercharged V8.
2017 Land Rover Range Rover models
While the standard 2017 Land Rover Range Rover comes well equipped, the Range Rover HSE offers more standard features, such as soft-close doors, a panoramic roof and a higher output gasoline engine. The Range Rover Supercharged is similarly equipped but has a supercharged V8. Next, the Autobiography adds more luxury options and driver assist systems while the SVAutobiography Dynamic adds more power and sportier suspension tuning. Long wheelbase versions of the Supercharged and Autobiography add more than 7 inches of extra rear legroom.
The Land Rover Range Rover comes with your choice of a gasoline-fed supercharged V6 (340 horsepower, 332 pound-feet of torque) or a turbocharged diesel V6 (254 hp, 443 lb-ft). An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Unlike other variants, there is no optional upgraded seat package, and a panoramic roof is only available as an option in this standard trim. Even still, a 13-speaker Meridian sound system and Land Rover's InControl Touch Pro infotainment system (with a new 10.2-inch touchscreen) are standard. Plus, many options are available to get your Range Rover equipped nicely.
Next up is the Range Rover HSE that includes a few more standard features, such as 20-inch wheels, soft-close doors, upgraded front seats and access to a greater catalog of options. You can get the HSE with either the diesel V6 from the standard model or a powered-up version of the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (380 hp, 332 lb-ft).
Next is the Range Rover Supercharged, which is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (510 hp, 461 lb-ft). The Supercharged variant comes with 21-inch wheels, a more capable Terrain Response 2 system and All-Terrain Progress Control, which is basically the off-road version of cruise control.
The next rung up is the Range Rover Autobiography. And although it comes with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine as the HSE (the supercharged V8 is optional), it features significantly more content than the Supercharged, such as a 29-speaker Meridian sound system and standard driver assist systems such as blind-spot monitoring and lane departure intervention.
If you want the sportiest Range Rover, go with the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic. It utilizes an uprated version of the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 gasoline engine and produces 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, providing very sports-carlike 0-60 mph acceleration (5.1 seconds, says Land Rover). The Dynamic variant also features a lowered ride height and a more aggressive on-road suspension calibration.
The long-wheelbase models all share the same extended chassis. The Range Rover's wheelbase is lengthened by 7.9 inches, and rear seat legroom grows by 7.3 inches. Otherwise, they feature similar setups as their short-wheelbase twins. As the top dog, the SVAutobiography LWB comes with reclining executive-class seats, which include deployable tables, a center console cooler (with glasses) and a rear-seat entertainment system.
3.3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
RARE MULTI-SUV COMPARISON
JIM D., 01/05/2019
2017 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
We have owned several premium SUVs within the last 20 years, mostly of German origin. In the past 24 months, we had the unusual situation of simultaneously owning 2-2017 RR HSEs ( a diesel and a V6 gas), a 2017 Escalade ESV (lwb), and a 4 year old MB diesel suv. The RRs were purchased to replace the Escalade and the MB. We had grown tired of MB vehicles, because of frequent warranty … issues, maintenance schedules and dated styling. The Escalade was bought to pull a large boat and to be used for long trips. Even though it became one of our unexpected favorites. it's overall size turned out to be a negative for everyday use. Now addressing our RR diesel ownership..... we love the car.....the power of the high torque diesel engine, 22 mpg. in town, its rather compact exterior size and very lux/ comfortable interior has won us over. The gas RR is basically the same car, but the gas engine is no match for the diesel. The noise levels are basically the same, but the gas engine has never achieved its EPA ratings of 17/23. Those who have a hesitation of owning a car with a modern diesel engine, have probably never driven or owned one. Neither RR has had any warranty problems as of yet and the suggested maintenance schedules are better than most competitors. I've seen some criticism of the "build quality" not being competitive.....but in my opinion the build quality meets or exceeds all of its competitors. One suggestion....if you are ordering or buying an existing car, make sure it has the "surround view camera system".
5 out of 5 stars
The Gentleman's Tank
Chris , 02/03/2020
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography LWB 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A)
Picked up a used 2016 Range Rover Supercharged LWB in Indus Silver with the Ebony interior. Originally priced at $130K, I managed to find it for $72K with only 8,000 miles on it, in perfect condition. Everything about it is rock solid: the power, the luxurious cabin, supple leather, huge interior, massive trunk space. The deployable side steps are great for my (short) wife, and the … Meridian premium sound system is spectacular. Biggest drawback is the electronics -- quite dated and laggy in terms of response times. Does feature Bluetooth for connecting to your smartphone, but lacks the Apple /Android CarPlay setup. If you can get a gently use one, I think you can reduce the huge depreciation hit from a new purchase, which is optimal. I plan on driving this one into the ground over time, and am hoping the maintenance is kept to a reasonable amount.
2 out of 5 stars
My dream has turned into a nightmare!
Greg Barsamian, 02/23/2016
2015 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
I am a long time Lexus owner, both SUV and sedans, and stepped into a Range Rover Sport three years ago. Honestly it was the most exciting car I had driven. It is fast, handles like it is on rails and is good looking. So in 2015 I decided to add to my collection with the new HSE. I decided to go for the supercharged 6 for fuel economy since I live in Los Angeles and I am not towing … anything. The car is very good looking and I have no issues with the interior finish but I did have an annoying rattle that the dealership can't seem to find and stop and the electronics have frozen up several times and I needed to turn off the car to reboot. Additionally, it takes 1-2 minutes when you start the car to initialize everything so don't try multi-tasking until the car is good and ready. For example, there is no chance of turning down the volume on the radio while activating your seat heaters while backing up. By the way you will do that more than you think. But the worst is my transmission has gone out three times and on the cars first birthday it got a brand new transmission. Isn't that special. Okay now 10 days after getting the new transmission, I pulled into a restaurant and couldn't get my car out of drive!! It literally wouldn't shift into any gear except Drive and I had to shut the engine off to put it into Park. Bravo the new tranny lasted almost 2 weeks. So ask yourself why are you buying the car?? You will look hot on your way to the dealership or being towed on a flatbed.
1 out of 5 stars
Problems after Problems
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A)
Where to begin... 30 days in the shop in counting after 6 months. Electrical issue after electrical issue. You would think a company that values its customers would want to ensure a repeat customer, but after owning 3 land rovers, they don't seem to care. I would not recommend this product upon my worst enemy.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover, so we've included reviews for other years of the Range Rover since its last redesign.
2017 Range Rover Highlights
|Combined MPG||19 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$249/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||four wheel drive|
|Warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
Our experts like the Range Rover models:
- Terrain Response
- Keeps the car on the road and moving forward by modulating wheel speed to prevent excess slip.
- Reverse Traffic Detection
- Lets you know when a vehicle or pedestrian is coming alongside from behind through an audible and visual warning.
- Driver Condition Monitor
- Detects the signs of drowsy driving and lets you know you should probably pull over for a break.