What attracts global elites to the Range Rover isn’t the SUV’s legendary off-road capability, but rather its effortlessly elegant styling, its opulent cabin, and the A-list status that it’s developed over the years. The list of Range Rover owners even includes Her Majesty the Queen. One couldn’t ask for a better brand ambassador. The 2023 model represents the most luxurious Range Rover yet. A trio of powertrain options—including a hybrid—deliver ample power; the brand’s largest SUV comports itself through traffic regally, with a smooth ride and a hushed interior. Venturing off-road is certainly an option for Range Rover owners; all-wheel drive is standard and the air suspension can be raised to provide extra ground clearance—although we know that few will actually dare to subject this rolling art piece to such indignity. The Range Rover starts at over $100,000, which means it’s more expensive than rivals such as the Cadillac Escalade, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-class. So be it. The Range’s reputation, presence, and royal endorsement all help justify its premium price tag.
What’s New for 2023?
The revamped Range Rover technically debuted for the 2022 model year, but it was confusingly sold alongside the previous generation model, and not all of its variants were available. For 2023, the older model is no more. For 2023 the plug-in hybrid P440e powertrain joins the lineup, and Land Rover says this setup will provide up to 48 miles of electric-only driving range. It’s available exclusively on the short-wheelbase SE trim.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d recommend opting for the mid-range Autobiography model, which adds several sought-after items that luxury buyers will appreciate. For example, the Autobiography comes standard with a 1600-watt Meridian stereo system featuring headrest-mounted speakers and active noise cancellation. The Range Rover will be offered in both a short- and long-wheelbase body styles; and we suggest going for the latter since it creates room for a third row of seats and provides a more generous cargo area.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Range Rover is available with a trio of powertrains, starting with a turbocharged inline-six with a 48-volt hybrid system dubbed P400 that develops 395 horsepower. During our initial test drive it proved to be silky-smooth and provided adequate pep to tug the large Range Rover around. A 523-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine—Land Rover calls it P530—is even perkier and cranks up the Range Rover’s towing capacity to 8200 pounds. A 434-hp plug-in hybrid option—called P440e—is also available but only on the short wheelbase SE trim. The Range Rover’s ride is suitably plush and, with its adjustable air suspension set to Comfort mode, it virtually floats down the road. Turning the dial to Dynamic mode firms things up some, but the big Rover still aims for a comfort-first mission. When we get a chance to take the Range Rover on our test track, we’ll update this story with test results.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The EPA hasn’t released official range estimates for the plug-in hybrid P440e, but Land Rover says the system’s 31.8-kWh battery pack should provide around 48 miles of electric-only driving range. The P440e is capable of DC fast charging or can be charged at a home-based charger.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The most fuel efficient Range Rover will likely be the plug-in hybrid P440e, but the EPA hasn’t estimated fuel economy numbers for that model yet. The entry-level P400 is rated for 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway while the V-8–powered P530 has earned 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway estimates. When we have a chance, we’ll test the Range Rover on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route and update this story with details. For more information about the Range Rover’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
As with past generations of the Range Rover, this new generation model offers a plush interior decked out with rich leathers and woods, but buyers who want a more sustainable cabin can now opt for a new leather-free option, which subs-in wool or other textiles. The interior can be arranged to seat four, five, or seven depending on configuration and wheelbase. The third row, even in long-wheelbase trims, may not fit tall adults as the headroom there is somewhat limited, but shorter riders and kids will find it nearly as comfortable as the second row. An optional motorized divider for the cargo area helps keep things from moving around too much during travel, and the Range Rover’s split rear liftgate can be used as convenient and comfortable seating for outdoor events.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All models receive a new 13.1-inch curved infotainment display with Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro interface. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard and the system also receives Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Other standard features include in-dash navigation, wireless smartphone charging, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a 13.7-inch digital gauge display. A rear-seat entertainment system with dual 11.4-inch displays is available, as is a Meridian stereo system with 35 speakers and noise-cancelling technology embedded into the headrests.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Land Rover offers a host of modern driver-assistance features as standard on the Range Rover, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. For more information about the Range Rover’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Range Rover’s warranty coverage mostly matches up with the offerings of its luxury competitors, but it doesn’t include complimentary scheduled maintenance. Competitors such as the BMW X7 and Black Label versions of the Lincoln Navigator both include extended periods of complimentary scheduled maintenance in the purchase price.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
2023 Land Rover Range Rover
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-, 5-, or 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base: P400 SE, $102,350; P440e SE, $106,250; P530 SE, $120,050; Autobiography, $153,800; First Edition, $160,000; SV, $188,200
supercharged, turbocharged, and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter inline-6, 395 hp, 406 lb-ft; supercharged, turbocharged, and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter inline-6, 395 hp, 406 lb-ft + AC motor, 141 hp (combined output: 434 hp, 457 lb-ft; 31.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack; 7.2-kW onboard charger; twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 4.4-liter V-8, 523 hp, 553 lb-ft
Wheelbase: 118.0–125.9 in
Length: 198.9–206.8 in
Width: 80.6 in
Height: 73.6 in
Passenger Volume: 109–141 ft3
Cargo Volume: 9–41 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 5500–6100 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 4.2–5.8 sec
100 mph: 10.5–15.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 12.7–14.5 sec
Top Speed: 140–155 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 18–21/16–18/21–26 mpg
Combined Gasoline + Electricity: 50 MPGe
EV Range: 48 mi