Although it has blue-collar roots, the 2022 Range Rover’s high-end interior and first-class curb appeal are designed to attract wealthy, white-collar buyers. It’s a transformation that’s been decades in the making, but this leather-lined limo has reached a point where it’s nearly six-figure starting price seems an appropriate ask. The cabin is decked out with upscale finishes such as genuine leather, real wood, thickly-piled carpeting. And there are plenty of tech features too. Buyers can choose either a turbocharged inline-six or a thundering supercharged V-8 engine, but all models come standard with off-road-capable features, such as an all-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and an air suspension that can be raised for extra ground clearance. Few Range Rover owners would dare to venture too far from paved roads, but knowing you could if you wanted to is, in fact, a luxury. In an odd twist, a new generation of Range Rover will launch for the 2022 model year and will sell alongside the 2022 model of the previous generation.
What’s New for 2022?
The next generation model, again also a 2022 model, will be all-new and more details will be released on October 26th. The outgoing-generation Range Rover receives few changes for 2022. The diesel V-6 and plug-in-hybrid P400e models have been discontinued, leaving the turbocharged inline-six and the supercharged V-8 as the only powertrain options. Buyers can now also add a more robust cabin air-ionization system.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The new Westminster Edition model seems to represent a good value, even though it starts with a six-figure price. We’d also suggest upgrading to the long-wheelbase model because it not only offers extra rear-seat legroom, but its proportions are slightly more elegant. It also happens to live in the middle range between the lower-end base model and the ridiculously pricey SV Autobiography. Land Rover only fits a V-8 engine to the longer models, but that’s the engine we’d prefer anyway. In addition to the Westminster’s features listed above, buyers can expect three-zone automatic climate control, a 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, 21-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and Windsor leather seat upholstery.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The current Range Rover has two powertrain lineups, each with its 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 mild-hybrid setup, while top-of-the-line models feature a raucous supercharged V-8. Every Range Rover comes standard with a selectable all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. We don’t have recent test numbers for a Range Rover with the standard inline-six, but the V-8 delivers shockingly quick acceleration, and even the most committed environmentalists will have to admit it sounds glorious. Sporty SV Autobiography models do a surprisingly good job of controlling body roll, but fore-aft pitch is a problem across the lineup. It drives well enough if not pressed, but compared with over-the-road agility against high-performance SUVs such as the BMW X5 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLS63, the Land Rover is downright sloppy. We’re willing to forgive some of these handling deficiencies when we consider the Range Rover’s off-road abilities, which remain stellar. We’re still waiting for Rover to announce what will power the all-new 2022 Range Rover.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The most efficient model in the current Range Rover lineup has the inline-six-cylinder engine, with EPA ratings of 18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. With the optional V-8, the Range Rover is rated for 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway; going for the sportier SV Autobiography model drops those ratings to 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. The last long-wheelbase model we tested with the supercharged V-8 returned 19 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route. For more information about the Range Rover’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Every Range Rover comes standard with leather seats, a heated leather steering wheel, and wood-veneer trim. When you move up into the more expensive versions, that leather is extended to the headliner, the seats add a massaging function, and the carpet that lines the cargo compartment can be swapped for handsomely finished wood. That’s to say nothing of the metal armrest-adjustment knobs, satin-brushed metal cupholders, and bottle cooler that come in top-of-the-line SV Autobiography models. The Range’s 32 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row may seem impressive, but it’s surprisingly near the bottom of its segment. Still, it can accommodate 13 carry-on cases when the back seats are in use, which is more than enough for most four- or five-person families. The new Range Rover model will certainly deliver similar environs, but we may be in for some luxury surprises.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Dubbed InControl Touch Pro Duo, the Range Rover’s infotainment system debuted on the smaller Range Rover Velar crossover and has quickly spread throughout the rest of the lineup. Its glossy main screen tilts out from the dashboard when the Range Rover is started up and looks great, but we’ve noticed a few hiccups and buggy behavior in our long-term Velar test vehicle. The secondary screen, 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 small buttons are difficult to use when driving. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are both standard across the lineup. We expect the all-new model will debut with Land Rover’s more modern PiviPro infotainment system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Land Rover offers much of today’s most sought after driver-assistance technology, but advanced features such as adaptive cruise and lane-keeping assist are still optional—surprising given the Range Rover’s price. 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 forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning
- Available 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 X5 M and the Volvo XC90 both include three years or 36,000 miles 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