Range Rover review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Although lighter than before, the Range Rover is still thirsty – and it’s pretty expensive to buy and run
The Range Rover is a big, heavy car and is thirsty even with the smallest 3.0-litre V6 diesel. But Land Rover has put considerable effort into making the latest model considerably cleaner and more efficient than its predecessor – a car that was known for its poor fuel economy.
As a result of its considerable weight reduction, the latest Range Rover with the 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine officially manages a combined 29.1 to 31.5mpg (measured on the latest WLTP test) on a combined cycle with CO2 emissions from 235g/km, both of which are not bad for a two-tonne luxury SUV.
The SDV8 diesel's 4.4-litre engine is noticeably less efficient, returning a claimed 25.4mpg to 26.6mpg on the WLTP test, plus a CO2 output of 278g/km. Rather unsurprisingly however, the 5.0-litre V8 petrol is pretty thirsty and in addition to its 18.9 to 20mpg, it emits a hefty 318g/km of CO2.
On paper, the most economical model in the range is the plug-in hybrid P400e. Thanks to its battery-powered electric motor, it's claimed to be able to do up to 25 miles on electric power alone. But you'll need to keep within the city limits and regularly top up the battery if you are to have any hope of getting near the car's claimed fuel economy of 75.7 to 85.1mpg. CO2 emissions are quoted at 75g/km.
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At the other end of the scale, if you want the fastest and thirstiest Range Rover, you can opt for the 557bhp Supercharged SVAutobiography Dynamic. It uses the engine from the Range Rover Sport SVR, and returns a miserly 18.9mpg, with a CO2 figure of 338g/km.
The Range Rover is an expensive car, with prices starting from a smidge over £84,000. The all-singing, all-dancing SVAutobiography Dynamic is around £144,000, which puts it firmly in Bentley Bentayga territory. But, for those that like to be driven rather than getting behind the wheel themselves, there's the SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase model, priced at an eye-watering £179,715.
Range Rovers are not cheap cars to insure, given the extensive use of aluminium (which is difficult to repair), the purchase prices and the level of equipment on board - plus the luxurious SUVs are known to be targets for car thieves. Insurance groups are therefore at the top of the scale, at group 50.
With CO2 emissions of 235g/km, the Range Rover SDV6 sits in the highest 37% BiK bracket for company car tax, as do the SDV8 and the two petrol V8 models.
By contrast, the plug-in hybrid Range Rover P400e sits in the 18% BiK bracket thanks to its substantially reduced CO2 emissions figures.
The Range Rover is an expensive car, none more so than the petrol SVAutobiography in long wheelbase form, which costs almost £180,000, putting it firmly in Bentley Continental GT territory.
The standard Range Rover Vogue starts at around £84,000. The Range Rover’s residual values are respectable for an expensive luxury car: according to our experts, the SDV6 Vogue will hold onto around 54% of its value after three years and 36,000 miles, with top-spec SVAutobiography models retaining around 55%.
In this review
- 1VerdictExcellent off-road ability, big power and unprecedented luxury make the Range Rover a worthy rival to any luxury saloon
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith big power and lots of torque, the Range Rover munches miles with ease, providing maximum comfort on long journeys
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingAlthough lighter than before, the Range Rover is still thirsty – and it’s pretty expensive to buy and run
- 4Interior, design and technologyBeautiful exterior and sumptuous interior make the Range Rover feel worth the high entry price
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Range Rover has a massive boot, some useful technology to make access easier and plenty of pulling power
- 6Reliability and SafetyLand Rover delivers mixed results in our Driver Power survey, but the Range Rover has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating