Despite being created to tackle the harshest terrain imaginable, you’re more likely to see a Range Rover cruising through chic cities like New York and Miami rather than getting its tires muddy on off-road trails. The Range Rover has evolved from its roots as a rugged SUV to become an iconic status symbol for luxury vehicles, and the Range Rover name itself has turned into a Land Rover sub brand with the all-new Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport and, of course, the Range Rover. Going up against other luxury SUV icons like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Cadillac Escalade, the 2018 Range Rover has received some minor revisions to provide the ultimate status update. Only this one has nothing to do with social media!
2018 Range Rover Supercharged Exterior
The basic design language of the 2018 Range Rover really hasn’t changed all that much in almost 50 years, but the most recent redesign for the 2013 model year gave this global icon a more streamlined appearance. For 2018, the Range Rover’s design has received minor updates including a new grille design with chrome mesh inserts and a revised rear bumper with integrated exhaust outlets. Interestingly, those exhaust outlets – and optional tow hitch receiver – tuck up under the body and actually help to accentuate the SUV’s off-road prowess. Finishing off this Rover’s style, our tester was painted in Corris Grey and was equipped with the optional ($715) 21-inch, Y-spoke alloy wheels.
Even though most owners will probably never take their Range Rovers down anything more serious than a dirt back road (on the way to the equestrian club) or pot-hole lined city street, at least they can rest easy knowing that this SUV is designed to go just about anywhere. The approach, breakover and departure angles are all impressive for a big SUV like this, and in off-road mode, there is 11.7 inches of available ground clearance. Perhaps most impressive, though, is its water-fording capability of 35.7 inches, which is better than the Ford F-150 Raptor (32 inches) and Jeep Wrangler (less than 30 inches).
2018 Range Rover Supercharged Interior
While the exterior updates were limited, the changes inside the 2018 Range Rover are immediately obvious. Front and center is a redesigned center stack with a pair of high-def, 10-inch touch screens; it’s called InControl Touch Pro Duo. Like the previous Range Rover, the top screen controls audio, infotainment and navigation functions, while the lower screen is for HVAC. This new tech gives the cabin a more modern look and feel
To match this design and functionality, Land Rover also updated the Range Rover’s buttons and switches on the steering wheel, door panels and rear-seat HVAC controls. As cool as the updated components look, they take a little while to get used to for seamless operation since the screen interactions were overly complex and often annoyingly slow. Two other new features include the gesture-controlled sunshade for the panoramic roof and the Activity Key bracelet that combines the functions of a key fob with the styling of a Fitbit; the latter is part of the $1,605 Tow Pack that includes a hitch receiver and full-size spare.
Speaking of options, this tester was loaded with goodies. The $2,400 Vision Assist Package included auto high beams, configurable ambient lights inside, head-up display and a surround camera system, while the $1,540 shadow walnut veneer added a nice look. For peak comfort, the $610 20-way heated and cooled front seats/power-recline heated and cooled rear seats and $410 four-zone automatic climate control are no-brainers. The $1,885 825-watt Meridian surround sound audio system is a nice touch for audiophiles, although for that price and quality, it would have been even better with a rear-seat entertainment system.
Beyond these changes and optional content, the 2018 Range Rover Supercharged hasn’t changed much since last year, and that is great news for luxury enthusiasts. Cabin materials and overall fit and finish are still excellent, and there’s plenty of space for passengers with adjustable armrests for front occupants and a wide armrest for rear passengers. For cargo, there are useful storage compartments throughout the cabin including a deep center console, dual glove boxes and a hidden compartment under the front cup holders with a USB charging port; the rear cargo area is lined with soft carpet, and is easily accessible with a split, power-operated liftgate.
2018 Range Rover Supercharged Powertrain
The 2018 Range Rover lineup is available with three powertrain options including the base 3.0-liter supercharged gas V-6 and the torquey 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V-6, but the Range Rover Supercharged – used for this test drive review – is powered by the powerful 5.0-liter supercharged V-8; a plug-in hybrid powertrain will join the mix for the 2019 model year. This rumbling V-8 delivers 518 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque, and it mates to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with selectable drive modes and shift paddles.
Out on the open road, the 2018 Range Rover Supercharged is a sports car in an SUV body with the ability to accelerate from 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, which isn’t bad for an SUV that weighs almost three tons (5,505 pounds in this configuration). As you can expect, though, this kind of performance does hamper efficiency with official EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway**, which is still better than a four-wheel-drive Escalade. In the city, the cabin is remarkably quiet, and it’s electric power steering makes easy work of dense, urban traffic and tight parallel parking spaces.
2018 Range Rover Supercharged Safety
Although the 2018 Range Rover has yet to be rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it does come with all of the latest safety features to keep occupants and pedestrians safe. This tester was equipped with the $1,630 Drive Pro Pack, which added adaptive cruise control, intelligent emergency braking, lane keep assist and blind spot assist.
2018 Range Rover Supercharged Overall
During a recent vacation to Washington, D.C., the 2018 Range Rover Supercharged proved to be the perfect vehicle to cruise around in the heavy traffic but still had enough space for a weekend. This luxury SUV isn’t without its faults, but it’s not hard to see why so many Range Rover drivers are willing to overlook a few things to drive such a beast – even if many of them will never take it where it was meant to be driven.
Price alone is a good enough reason to not take the 2018 Range Rover off-road considering its base starting price of $87,350*. Things only go north from here with the Range Rover Supercharged starting at $104,850*, and with all of the optional equipment, this model had an as-tested price of $118,320.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Land Rover dealership and test drive the 2018 Range Rover today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.