New for 2014
After a full redesign for 2013, Land Rover has limited the changes for the Range Rover to the base powertrain: a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 replaces the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 from the year prior, and an engine stop-start feature has been added to increase real-world fuel economy.
Land Rover’s Range Rover is an iconic luxury SUV that fits (in size) below the seven-passenger LR4 and above the LR2 in the automaker’s lineup. The Range Rover is similar to the Sport model that shares its name, but the lack of a third row and the list of standard equipment widen the gap between the two.
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that replaces the base 5.0-liter V-8 from years past. The new 3.0-liter V-6 makes 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, and being coupled to an eight-speed automatic helps it to get an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway. Buyers who want more power can step up to the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that delivers 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque that, when combined with the same eight-speed automatic, gets an EPA-estimated 13/19 mpg.
The Range Rover takes luxury to another level with the Autobiography editions, which include such notable features as a 1700-watt Meridian sound system, four-zone climate control, full semi-aniline leather with eight colorways, and massaging/heating/cooling/reclining rear seats. Now that a long-wheelbase Range Rover exists, it’s possible to push the price of a 2014 Range Rover Autobiography in long-wheelbase form to just over $200,000.
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
What We Think
One of our editors drove a 2013 Land Rover Range Rover at the vehicle launch in Morocco, and had this to say: “The Range Rovers looked so at home in the stark beauty of the dunes. We were certainly at home in the cabin . . . What was really noteworthy was not only how utterly unfazed the Range Rover was at any off-roading challenge it encountered, but also by how little its occupants were jostled or tossed about in their aniline leather thrones.”
That feel extends into the on-road performance as well, we noted, “the Range Rover instantly transformed itself from off-roader to sport sedan, demonstrating a level of surefootedness, body control, steering precision, and brake pedal response that are a new frontier for the brand. Sure, the BMW X5 and the Porsche Cayenne drive really well, too, but they just don’t feel as good or as light or as easy to toss into corners.” With a price range now stretching beyond $200,000 the Range Rover certainly can get pricey, but Land Rover bills it as the only car you’ll need, arguing that it could serve in place of a luxury sedan such as the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class, or Audi A8.
- Still capable off-road
- Unparalleled luxury
- More fuel efficient, too
You Won’t Like
- Can get pricey
- No third-row seating
- All-digital gauge cluster
- BMW X5
- Porsche Cayenne
- Audi Q7
- Mercedes Benz M-Class