Range Rover review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Range Rover has a massive boot, some useful technology to make access easier and plenty of pulling power
While its looks have evolved, the Range Rover's principles of rugged usability and practicality have remained, and this is what gives it an advantage over more traditional luxury car rivals.
With the extra height the Range Rover has over its rivals, it feels truly massive in the back and gives a fantastic view. One downside of its sheer size, though, is that it’s still quite a climb up into the car, but recent updates now mean you can lower the air suspension to ‘access’ height at the touch of a button to make getting in and out easier. Even so, it's not quite as easy to do so as in a BMW 7 Series or Audi A8.
The Range Rover also gets a space-saver spare wheel as standard, with a full-size replacement only available for the SVAutobiography Dynamic version. What's more, the electronically deployable tow-bar is also an extra.
Mind you, it's an option you might be tempted by. Thanks to all that torque, the Range Rover also has impressive pulling power, being able to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg.
While the current model debuted much sleeker styling than its predecessor, it remains a physically huge vehicle. It is just 1mm short of the full five metres in length and more than 2.2 metres wide, with the door mirrors in place.
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It is also 1,835mm tall, comfortably higher than most crossovers that purport to have SUV-like driving positions. Sitting behind the steering wheel of the Range Rover is a very commanding place to be – you are higher than pretty much everything else on the road, save the largest vans, buses and lorries. This gives a great view out and a safe, secure feeling when you’re out on the road.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
In the standard-wheelbase Range Rover, space in the rear is fine. There's more room than you’ll find in a Bentley Bentayga, with plenty of width, and a flat floor that leaves enough foot space for three people to sit alongside each other in comfort. If that's still not enough, the long-wheelbase model gets 200mm extra length.
If the front passenger is willing to edge their seat forward a bit, a six-foot passenger can pretty much stretch their legs out in the Long Wheelbase Range Rover, especially if they make use of the leg rest and recline the rear seat.
With all its seats in place, the Range Rover can hold 900 litres of luggage – 390 litres more than either the Audi A8 or Mercedes S-Class – but folding those seats down (which can be done at the touch of a button) frees up a vast 1,943 litres. Interestingly, the Long Wheelbase car doesn’t offer any more boot space – all the extra inches are given over to the rear-seat passengers.
The classic Range Rover split tailgate allows you to open one or both parts as needed: leaving the bottom half in place makes it easy to pop smaller items straight into the boot, while lowering it gives you a useful temporary seating area.
Similar to the Ranger Rover Sport the Range Rover has a good range of towing capacities, starting at 2,500kg for plug-in hybrid version and going all the way to 3,500kg for all other versions.
In this review
- 1Range Rover reviewExcellent 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 CostsAlthough 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 space - currently readingThe 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