Range Rover Autobiography review

Range Rover LWB 2014 front tracking
7 Apr, 2014 11:30am George East

Hugely capable off road and as luxurious as a Mercedes S Class, the Range Rover is one of the finest luxury cars on sale

For: 
Great looks, massively capable off road, cutting edge technology
Against: 
Quick versions heavy on fuel, expensive to buy, price

Verdict

4
The Range Rover is a fantastically capable luxury car and makes a great alternative to the likes of Mercedes S Class as well as other SUVs. However, is it worth the extra cost over its German rival?

We voted the Range Rover our Best Luxury Car of 2013 ahead of the likes of the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Jaguar XJ. The range-topping Range Rover Autobiography model is the plushest model in the range with a hefty equipment list and a raft of personalisation options.

The Range Rover is an impressive looking car inside and out, and Land Rover already packs the 'entry level' Vogue model with cruise control, digital TV and radio, sat-nav plus an automatically opening tailgate, self-parking system and 20-inch alloys as standard.

The SE model is the 'mid-range' Range Rover and gets cruise control, a dual view screen and soft door closing as standard, while the Autobiography gets a panoramic roof, heated steering wheel, plus larger alloys as part of the deal. However, the Range Rover Autobiography starts at almost £88,000 - making it around the same price as the extremely capable Mercedes S500 L AMG Line.

Land Rover has taken design cues from the Range Rover Evoque to give every Range Rover a modern, clean look, but only the Range Rover Autobiography buyers get the choice of dual leather interior and a Long Wheel Base chassis which adds 200 millimetres to what's already an imposing two-tonne car.

Range Rover LWB interior

The Range Rover Autobiography can be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 Diesel which has a combined cycle of 37.7mpg, and returns 196g/km of CO2. Another diesel variant is the 4.0-litre SDV8 which returns 32.5mpg and has a combined cycle of 229g/km.

Alternatively. you can opt for the biggest engine in the range, the 5.0-litre V8 which propels the Range Rover from standstill to 60mph in 5.1 seconds. The downsides to such performance are a poor combined cycle of 22.1mpg and emissions of 299g of CO2.

The Range Rover Autobiography is a unique luxury car thanks to its impressive off-road ability and considerable towing power.

Land Rover has also worked hard to make the Range Rover great to drive on the road and it's succeeded, thanks to a 420g weight loss programme. Comfort, quality and refinement have all risen to anything its German rivals can offer, but no amount of weight saving can hide the fact that the Range Rover is a big SUV at more than two metres wide and nearly three metres tall.

While the Range Rover Autobiography TDV6 offers unprecedented levels of luxury, its C02 emissions of around 196/km mean its sits 10 tax brackets higher than the Mercedes S350. Land Rover ranked 25th out of 32 manufacturers in our 2013 Driver Power Survey, but on the upside, Range Rover owners are estimated to lose over £10,000 less in depreciation over a three year period than an Audi A8.

Range Rover LWB 2014 rear
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