We review the 2023 Range Rover, the latest generation of one of the premier full-size luxury SUVs on the market.
2023 Range Rover Pros
Looks even more exclusive and expensive
Long wheelbase version is remarkably versatile
V8 delivers outstanding performance
2023 Range Rover Cons
The interior could use a bit more wow factor
Ridiculously expensive compared to other premium luxury SUVs
The 2023 Range Rover has been fully redesigned. Any time we get a new generation of Range Rover, it’s a big deal. The Range Rover defines a premium full-size SUV in the minds of many consumers and Land Rover’s flagship SUV has continuously set the benchmark for combining elegance, refinement, luxury and comfort, and remarkable off-road capability.
The 2023 Range Rover is a brand-new generation with a lot of new tech, an impressive plug-in hybrid powertrain with a ton of range, and a new design that makes it immediately noticeable. However, for all the changes made to the new-generation Range Rover, you can tell Land Rover didn’t want to tinker with a proven recipe. In a segment with multiple redesigned models all putting their best efforts forward, the new Range Rover lacks a bit of a wow factor to justify the outrageous price tag that comes with some of the higher versions.
High-quality interior, bland design
A business partner of mind summed up my impressions of the new Range Rover the first time he got behind the wheel. He has owned the previous generation Range Rover for the last three years and just like myself he was very much looking forward to seeing this new model in person. After a few minutes, he remarked that despite obvious improvements and upgrades, the new Range Rover didn’t feel all that different from his 2019 model.
“I don’t know if I’d pay $175,000 for this dashboard either”, he added.
I can’t help but agree. Stepping inside the new Range Rover and specifically our long wheelbase tester, you immediately notice the quality of the materials, the craftsmanship, and how solid everything feels. The long wheelbase model also provides a ton of interior space which we will get back to in the second. Overall, there is a definite feeling of luxury inside the new Range Rover and the 2023 model, with its generous list of available trims and interior finishes can rival other premium automaker offerings like the Bentley Bentayga in customization options.
But, the centre display touchscreen is a little smallish compared to what you find in, say, a Cadillac Escalade or the new BMW X7. Moreover, the differences between this generation and the previous Range Rover in terms of the overall look are very subtle. Range Rover designers obviously went for a clean, uncluttered design inside the new model. Although that will appeal to more traditional Range Rover buyers, there’s nothing in here that will impress your neighbours or justify the price tag aside from the quality of the materials.
On the other hand, the Range Rover’s infotainment system is very user-friendly and the limited number of buttons and dials inside make it easy to find what you’re looking for. Manufacturers have worked very hard to make their interiors more ergonomic in recent years and the Land Rover Range Rover is a great example. Using just one rotary dial to control temperature, airflow, and the heated and ventilated seats is a bit confusing at first, but you do get used to it.
However, with gloves on in the heart of winter, it is a bit difficult to adjust the climate controls. The rest of the interior is top-notch and again, functionality and user-friendliness as well as quality and elegance are not up for debate. And maybe Range Rover wanted to make sure their current customer base won’t have a long learning curve when stepping inside the new generation, so the lack of multiple centre screens housed in 20- or 30-inch displays wasn’t necessary. Still, again, there’s nothing impressive in terms of the design.
Interior versatility has improved, however. The long wheelbase version of this current new Range Rover provides limousine-like second-row legroom and headroom while the third row is also accommodating. The cargo area is vast and well laid out, and the only complaint is the bottom portion of the tailgate that tends to open up on you if you don’t think of getting out of the way. This is a winter-climate problem, as that tailgate is usually full of gunk and will leave a mark on your coat every time.
Exceptional comfort, as always
Once you are out on the road, the 2023 Range Rover reminds you of why this model has the reputation that it has. You forget about the fact that your neighbour’s Escalade has a 38-inch OLED display as you cruise in the city or on the highway in complete silence and absolute serenity. The 2023 Range Rover takes over where the previous generation let off and as my partner noted, it is even more comfortable than his current Range.
Specifically, it is noticeably quieter, and it feels even more planted and confident in any situation. When you shut the massive doors, the world outside fades away and all that is left is to enjoy the journey. As far as comfort goes, the Range Rover not only surpasses its direct competition but aside from the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, I cannot think of a more refined driver.
On the other hand, there’s plenty of pep under your right foot with the massive 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 pushing out 523 hp in our tester. Capable of propelling this 2.5-ton mass to 100 km/h in under five seconds, this engine is also silky smooth in its power delivery. Like many ultra-premium vehicles, the Range Rover never throws you into your seat or roughs you up in any way even when you floor the accelerator.
However, the rush of power delivered in the most linear fashion allows you to get around any obstacle with ease. The new Range Rover is no slouch when it comes to taking corners despite its massive size, either. The new adaptive suspension and insert technology manages to keep the weight controlled and doesn’t force you to slam on the brakes when a highway exit or unexpected corner shows itself. It’s no BMW X7, but I would put the handling of the Range Rover ahead of any full-size luxury American SUV. That said, you must compromise a bit on steering feel. The Range Rover is heavy and focused first and foremost on comfort. It will get around winding roads well enough, but the steering feels disconnected and ultimately the new Range doesn’t encourage lively driving.
Back to comfort, the Range Rover has the ability to scan the road ahead and detect upcoming changes or potential elements that could disrupt the driver’s journey. The technology works remarkably well and ultimately serves to preserve comfort in any situation or on any road.
As with any Range Rover, multiple drive modes remind you that should you decide to venture off-road, you can do so. The only issue you will have is the size which might make narrow trails a bit more difficult to navigate, but whether you are driving on snow, mud, rock, or uneven terrain, there is a driving mode that is adapted to the situation and like any Land Rover model, the 2023 Range Rover performs confidently even on the toughest backcountry roads.
If you’re a current Range Rover owner and you love your vehicle the way it is, the new Range Rover will absolutely appeal to you. It takes everything you love, makes everything better, looks even more exclusive and expensive, and everything from the comfort to the technology to the interior space has been upgraded. However, if you’re looking for something different or you want an interior that stands out, the Range Rover is not where you want to look. It’s still the king of premium luxury SUVs once you are out on the road, but there are some far more visually impressive interiors to be found elsewhere in this segment.