Range Rover: Old vs new
We bring together four generations of Range Rover to see how the SUV legend has evolved
by: Auto Express team1 Jan 2013slide 1 to 4 of 5
Motoring legends don’t come much bigger than the Range Rover. Before the revolutionary Brit burst on to the scene back in 1970, there was no such thing as a luxury SUV. Off-roaders were rugged and rough workhorses that offered little in the way of creature comforts.
Yet with its effortless performance, executive car comfort, smart styling and go-anywhere off-road ability, the Range Rover was as much at home outside London’s upmarket Fortnum and Mason store as it was splashing through a muddy farmyard.
Over the course of 42 years, the model’s technology, comfort and price have evolved beyond recognition, yet it has always stayed close to the “most versatile car in the world” sales pitch found in the original brochure.
Through the turbulent industrial troubles of the seventies, the brash, money-minded eighties and the environmental backlash of the nineties, the Range Rover has survived to become one of the best-loved luxury cars in the world. And now there’s an all-new model that sets even higher standards. Bigger, faster, cleaner, more luxurious and better to drive than ever, the latest Range Rover is still breaking new ground.
To celebrate, we look back at the car’s illustrious history, from the game-changing original through to the limousine-rivalling current machine. So sit back and relax as we take a ride in the best 4x4s by far.
The Range Rover has survived numerous changes of company ownership, turbulent economic times and countless technical challenges. In the early days, customers endured poor reliability and questionable quality, yet the appeal of this classy car shone through.
Today’s technology-packed and opulent Rangie is a world away from the utilitarian design of the early Classic, but the model’s unmistakable style and go-anywhere ability remain undiluted. Proudly British, yet loved across the globe, the Range Rover ranks alongside legends such as the Volkswagen Beetle, Porsche 911 and Mini as an instantly recognisable motoring icon – one that continues to evolve, improve and adapt to a changing automotive world.
2017 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT
The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport came with a number of exciting upgrades to technology and safety features, including:
- Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro 10.2-inch touchscreen with advanced navigation and swipe-and-inch functionality
- Standard driver assist features like forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane departure warning, and a blind spot monitor
2016 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport achieved greater efficiency thanks to a newly available turbo-diesel 3.0L V6 engine that made 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque but was still able to get an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway and 22 mpg city (even with full-time 4WD). This model year also added an Auto Access height lowering and rising air suspension to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle, as well as newly standard features like:
- Hands-free tailgate
- InConrol® Apps suite
2015 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT
A number of exciting changes came with the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, including:
- InControl® Apps smartphone app integration system
- Driver Assistance package with a surround-view camera and lane departure warning
- Standard SiriusXM® satellite radio and HD Radio™ on all models.
There was also a high-performance Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR trim, which got a sport-tuned version of the 5.0L V8 engine that was good for a total output of 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. The 2015 model also got new HSE Limited and Supercharged Limited trims.
2014 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT
Featuring a full redesign, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport was the first model of the most recent generation. There were a number of significant changes from the outgoing generation, beginning with a lighter frame for increased fuel economy and a more responsive feel on the road. The base engine was a supercharged 3.0L V6 that made 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and boasted significantly improved fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg city.
The supercharged 5.0L V8 was a carryover with 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque, but the lighter design helped it sprint to 60 mph in a quicker 4.6 seconds and achieve better EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg highway and 14 mpg city. It was also equipped with most of the standard luxury equipment of the pricier Land Rover Range Rover, providing a world-class experience for significantly less.
2013 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT
The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport was the last model in the first generation. Like all versions before and after, it featured a full-time 4WD system and premium off-road hardware ranging from a two-speed transfer case to a Terrain Response® system with special settings for different weather and on- and off-road conditions. The base engine on this model was a 5.0L V8 that made 375 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque.
2012 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT
There were several incremental changes on the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, including:
- New headlight and taillamp details
- More advanced multimedia touchscreen
- Standard 11-speaker harman/kardon® audio system
- Available 17-speaker surround sound stereo
Every model got leather upholstery and wood trim accents for style, not to mention tech features like:
- Navigation system
- Rearview camera
You could also get this version with a rear seat entertainment system.
2011 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT
There weren’t many changes to the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport over the previous model year, though those who opted for one of the top trims found the cabin outfitted with premium leather. You could also get a high-performance limited run trim called the Sport GT Limited Edition. Like other versions of the first generation, the 2011 model came with spacious seating for five passengers. There was 33.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat and a maximum cargo volume of 71.0 cubic feet.