Once a rough and clumsy workhorse, the Range Rover 2020 now represents the pinnacle of the Land Rover lineup with a luxurious cabin, a host of tech items, and a matching six-figure price tag. It’s still very capable off-road, perhaps even more so than the original, but the Range Rover tackles both trails and suburban, while providing a comfortable ride, richly upholstered seats, genuine wood trim, and touchscreen infotainment. Boxy exterior styling is synonymous with wealth and status, so parking one at its driveway is the automotive equivalent of donning a Rolex Submariner or a pair of Manolo Blahniks. Like almost everything, the Range Rover does not come without compromise: the fuel economy is not great, the driving dynamics are clumsy and its infotainment system is buggy. However, if you are looking for luxury and status, not many SUVs will provide you as much as the Range Rover.
After being delayed by a year, the plug-in hybrid powertrain finally launches on the 2020 Range Rover models. Known as the P400e, the electrified powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and electric motor, together producing 398 horsepower. power combined, and they can power the great Range Rover for up to 31 miles on electricity alone. But that’s not the only powertrain change for 2020: Last year’s V-6 base engine has been replaced by an in-line turbocharged six with electric assistance. On the P360 base, it produces 355 horsepower and on the HSE P400, it makes 395. Elsewhere, the Range Rover receives an optional black exterior styling package that adds darkened exterior trims, two new paint colors, Eiger Gray and Portofino. Blue, which are attached to the palette, and Shadow Walnut wood finish is now standard on base and HSE models.
> Base: $ 92,195
> HSE: $ 97,245
> Long wheelbase: $ 111,245
> Autobiography: $ 131,595
> SV Autobiography: $ 179,795
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Each Range Rover comes standard with leather seats, heated leather steering wheel, and veneer trim. When moved upward in the more expensive versions, that leather extends to the headstock, the seats add a massage function, and the mat lining the cargo compartment can be exchanged for beautifully finished wood. That’s saying nothing of the metal armrest adjustment knobs, satin metal cup holders, and bottle cooler that come on top-of-the-line SV autobiography models. The Range’s 32 cubic feet of cargo space may sound impressive, but it’s surprisingly close to the bottom of its segment. Still, it can accommodate 13 transport luggage boxes when the rear seats are in use, which is more than enough for most families of four or five people.
Infotainment and connectivity
The Range Rover infotainment system made its debut on the smaller Velar Range Rover crossover and quickly spread throughout the lineup. Its bright main display tilts out from the dash when the Range Rover powers up and looks great, but we’ve noticed a few hiccups and buggy behavior in our long-term Velar test vehicle. The secondary display, mounted lower on the dashboard, provides access to vehicle settings, climate controls, and driving modes. Some of our editors have complained that it overcomplicates these features and the little buttons are difficult to use when driving. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities are standard across the line.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The 2020 Range Rover has four basic powertrain lines, each with their own set of strengths and weaknesses: Entry-level models are powered by a turbocharged inline-six that is assisted by a small electric motor for a smooth hybrid setup while high-end models are powered by a turbocharged inline-six that is assisted by a small electric motor for a smooth hybrid setup, while high-end models feature a raucous supercharged V-8; a V-6 Diesel is also available as is a plug-in hybrid. Each Range Rover comes standard with a selectable four-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. We do not have recent test numbers for a Range Rover with the inline standard of six; the diesel Range Rover we tested in 2016 delivered acceptable but relaxed acceleration times. The V-8, on the other hand, offers surprisingly fast acceleration, and even the most committed environmentalists will have to admit that it sounds glorious. The DeportivoS SV Autobiography models do a surprisingly good job of controlling body roll, but back-and-forth tone is a problem throughout the lineup. It drives well enough if not pushed, but compared to agility on the road against high-performance SUVs like the BMW X5 M and Mercedes-AMG GLS63, the Land Rover is downright sloppy. We are willing to forgive some of these handling shortcomings when we consider the Range Rover’s off-road abilities, which remain stellar.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
Of the three Range Rover gasoline powertrains, only one comes close to genuine efficiency, and that’s diesel. We have tested three Range Rovers on our 200-mile fuel economy route in the real world. A 2016 diesel model returned a respectable 27 mpg but still fell 1 mpg short of its EPA rating, while a 2017 pair with the supercharged V-8 engine returned 19 mpg (long wheelbase) and 20 mpg (regular wheelbase). We have not tested the new six plug-in or in-line hybrid engines on our fuel economy route.
Range, charge and battery life
The P400e plug-in hybrid powertrain is powered by a 13.1 kWh battery located under the rear cargo floor. It can be charged from a 120-volt outlet, but it takes up to 14 hours to fully charge; 240 volt power outlet or trips to a public charging station recommended. Land Rover says the Range Rover P400e must deliver up to 31 miles of electric driving range per charge.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
The 2020 Range Rover has never been tested by any of the US crash test agencies. So we don’t have data on how it might work in an accident. Land Rover offers many of the most sought after driver assistance technologies, but advanced features such as Adaptive Cruise and Lane Keeping Assist remain surprisingly optional given the Range’s Rover price tag. Key safety features include: standard frontal collision warning and automated emergency braking. Standard Lane Departure Warning. Adaptive cruise control available.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Range Rover’s warranty coverage primarily matches the offerings of its luxury competitors, but does not include free scheduled maintenance; Competitors like the BMW X5 M and Volvo XC90 include three years or 36,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance in the purchase price. The limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles. The powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles. There is no courtesy scheduled maintenance.