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2022 Land Rover Range Rover Review: Luxury Status

Fifty-one years have passed since Land Rover decided to combine the off-road ability of the Defender (called the Land Rover Series back then) with ultimate luxury to create the Range Rover. The new Range Rover SUV stays true to the original product brief. It will transport five people in sheer opulence through snow, rivers, mud, and congested cities.

Other manufacturers have tried to replicate the formula, and none have succeeded so far. BMW built the X7, Jeep the Grand Cherokee, and Mercedes-Benz the GLS. While all three are excellent cars in their own right, they don't have that x-factor the Ranger has. Historically, it has always been more of a rival to the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, despite the different body styles. Customers can choose between two engine types, namely a six-cylinder mild-hybrid in two outputs and a brutal 5.0-liter supercharged V8 in two outputs.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 10 /10
  • Performance 10 /10
  • Fuel Economy 8 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 10 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 9 /10
  • Reliability 6 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 7 /10
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2022 Land Rover Range Rover Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2021 Land Rover Range Rover?

For the 2022 model year, all the diesel and plug-in hybrid Range Rover models have been discontinued, leaving only the mild-hybrid six-cylinder gas and non-hybridized supercharged V8 gas models. The HSE trim has been replaced by the Westminster Edition and the Autobiography Fifty Edition trim falls away. Several detail changes have been made to the specifications of most of the 2022 models.

Pros and Cons

  • It has proper off-road credentials
  • Enough luxury to rival an S-Class
  • Many customization options
  • Classy enough for the queen
  • Not the most composed ride in comfort mode
  • It's expensive
  • Infotainment is slow and clunky

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2022 Land Rover Range Rover Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
P360
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$93,800
P400 Westminster
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$105,600
P525 Westminster
5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$115,800
P525 Westminster LWB
5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$119,900
P525 Autobiography
5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$147,400
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Handling and Driving Impressions

Though we've never driven a steamroller, we suspect the Range Rover has similar ride and handling. The adaptive air suspension simply flattens the road ahead, especially in comfort mode. As far as the driver is concerned, the road simply changes color. You barely notice where the tarmac ends and the gravel begins. That's pretty much what Land Rover was aiming for, though it might have gone too far in the comfort direction.

While we love the fact that it's so brazenly tuned for comfort above all else, it has to be said that the ride isn't perfect. Larger fluctuations on the surface have a way of upsetting the suspension for a few seconds. This used to be the case for most vehicles equipped with air suspension, but over the years, this niggle has been ironed out. We reckon this is just a symptom of the Range Rover's age.

Somewhere along the line, somebody also decided the Range Rover needs more direct steering. In theory, it should provide a more engaging ride, but that's completely at odds with what a Range Rover is supposed to be. The result is steering you constantly have to adjust on the freeway. What we actually want is a thin steering wheel that you can move using an index finger only.

Off-road, the Range Rover is the king. Every other luxury barge (apart from the G-Class) is just a poor imitation of the real thing. Most of them would be flummoxed by a wet grassy field, let alone a river crossing. Thanks to Land Rover's Terrain Response system, the Range Rover can get a lot further. There's no need to do anything as plebeian as engaging differentials or locking the hubs. You simply tell the system what's going on outside, and it changes the responses of the engine, gearbox, differentials, and ride height. There's a setting for dynamic driving as well, but it just lowers the car, stiffens the suspension, and makes the throttle super sensitive. In short, it makes one of the most comfortable SUVs in existence uncomfortable.

Granted, many owners will probably treat the Range Rover like an oversized crossover or CUV, rather than the true off-roading SUV it is. But it's good to know it can do the job. The same goes for supercar owners, most of whom will never go beyond 100 mph.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover a good SUV?

The Range Rover is the OG luxury barge, and while it may not be the best car in the Range Rover lineup, it continues to impress with its versatility, even though it is essentially a luxury vehicle sitting on top of a chassis that can venture off-road.

Almost all of its rivals have gone the other route, opting for a sportier setup resulting in a more engaging ride. The Range Rover doesn't do handling, but rather crushes the road into submission. It is beginning to show its age in this regard, as its main rivals have figured out how to keep an air suspension from feeling wallowy in the corners. Interior-wise, it's easily on par with the Bentley Bentayga, and it offers nearly as many customization options.

The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 will be the default option for many, which is a good thing. The low-down grunt is epic, and it continues to provide more than enough power to keep this leviathan on the go. The fuel consumption is horrendous, but that's hardly a problem if you're spending this much money. It is annoying to visit the gas station so frequently, though.

2022 Land Rover Range Rover Comparisons

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Land Rover
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2022 Land Rover Range Rover vs Land Rover Range Rover Sport

We reckon Land Rover shot itself in the foot with the current Range Rover Sport. The old model was missing a number of features, creating a large gap between it and the full-on Range Rover.

Now, we don't really see the need to go all the way to the top. The Range Rover Sport is equally good off-road, also seats five, but offers a more dynamic driving experience. In terms of ride comfort, the Range Rover still comes out tops, but only just.

The Range Rover Sport pricing starts at $69,500, which is $22,500 less than the entry-level Range Rover. But for the price of a supercharged V8 Westminster, you can get the top-spec Range Rover Sport SVR with 575 hp. The SVR is quite a raucous thing, and might not appeal to a customer in search of comfort and refinement. It's safe to say that an SVR will likely be frowned upon by the school's PTA, especially during those gluten-free, pure organic bake sales.

Luckily, the Range Rover Sport is also available in a plug-in hybrid guise, allowing you to blend in with anti-gluten zealots. If we had to choose, we'd take a Range Rover Sport SVR in orange with black alloy wheels, thank you very much.

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2022 Land Rover Range Rover vs Lexus LX

The Toyota Land Cruiser is equally iconic. In fact, Toyota basically killed Land Rover's market share in Africa. Before the Land Cruiser came along, people just accepted breakdowns as part of daily life. Today, Toyota's market share in Africa is around 42%, while Landy has dropped down to just 1%, catering mostly to folks in big cities. The Lexus LX takes everything that's great about the Land Cruiser and elevates it to a higher level of sophistication. It's not as opulent as the Range Rover. It has the same sort of luxury features, and it's a full eight-seater. The on-road driving experience is not as good as the Landy's, but both are too wallowy to be really engaging.

Off-road, the two are very close, but the Lexus feels more at home when the going gets tough. Lexus' secret is the tolerance levels the engineers build into the LX. It can take extreme punishment, and it will just keep on coming back and asking for more. Prices start at $86,830, and at that price, it is fully loaded. It will also be replaced within the next year or so, and you can be sure that Lexus had the Range Rover in its sights during the development phase.

Considering the price difference, Lexus is the logical choice, and it's the one we'd have. But once you go above a certain price point, being logical is no longer a factor. The fact is, the Lexus doesn't have the prestige of a Range Rover. If you want to make a statement, buy British.

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