Advertisement

New Range Rover Autobiography 2017 review

Updates for 2017 ensure the Range Rover remains one of the best all-round luxury cars on the market

Overall Auto Express Rating

5.0 out of 5

A handful of updates for the Range Rover for 2017 only enforce its position as the king of SUVs. It offers an incredible array of abilities, is one of the most luxurious cars on the road, and while also being a top off-roader, quick in a straight line and loaded with tech.

Advertisement - Article continues below

A blend of refinement, performance, quality and class, the Range Rover is one of the most recognisable luxury cars on sale. It has continued to impress through the years, and this updated model for 2017 has done it once again.

The main change for the newcomer is the introduction of a new SVAutobiography Dynamic model, but this Autobiography version has also been updated with the new 10-inch touchscreen InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and a few other small changes to the equipment list.

The new infotainment system is definitely an upgrade over the previous one, but the graphics are still not as sharp or modern-looking as the system in the Mercedes S-Class - and the touchscreen means you have to look away from the road more often to use it. Plus, while the chunky buttons still cater for glove-wearing occupants, the features you use via the screen require a bare fingertip.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Best luxury cars on sale

Still, it gets WiFi and the ability to connect to a smartwatch, plus a ‘dual view’ system that means the front passenger can look at a different display on the same screen as the driver.

Other spec changes include optional adaptive cruise control, intelligent emergency braking, blind spot assist and lane keep assist. There’s also a new ‘low traction launch’ that lets you take off quickly from a standstill wherever you happen to be.

We tried a 4.4-litre V8 diesel model and while performance from that engine is astounding, most will be more than happy with the 3.0-litre V6 diesel model. Still, the low-down torque (740Nm of it) means getting up to speed feels effortless. 

Best 4x4s and SUVs

While the Range Rover isn’t the last word in handling prowess, and the smaller, cheaper Range Rover Sport is better to drive, it’s better than you might think. There’s quite a bit of body roll, but the big SUV feels composed and settled even on a twisty B-road.

The supple suspension set-up and incredibly sound-insulated cabin mean there are few more comfortable ways to travel around the UK, too.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

New 2021 BMW iX3 SUV plugs in with 285 miles of electric power
BMW iX3

New 2021 BMW iX3 SUV plugs in with 285 miles of electric power

Electric version of popular X3 SUV lands next year with 150kW charging and long-distance efficiency promised
14 Jul 2020
New Peugeot 3008 could morph into a coupe-SUV in 2022
Peugeot 3008

New Peugeot 3008 could morph into a coupe-SUV in 2022

Peugeot’s next-generation 3008 looks set to receive a radical redesign in two years’ time, evolving into a style-focussed coupe-SUV
13 Jul 2020
Range Rover and Range Rover Sport get new straight-six diesel in 2021 update
Land Rover Range Rover

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport get new straight-six diesel in 2021 update

The Range Rover can now be specced with a new six-cylinder 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel engine and a choice of fresh special edition models
14 Jul 2020