Saturday, January 13, 2024

2023 Land Rover Range Rover SE: The Brand’s Flagship Plug-In SUV


Highlight: The brand’s flagship SUV is electrified again.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $128,475 

Seating Capacity: 4 Bucket Seats (Test Model)

Standard Safety Features (Test Model): airbags; ABS; a 360-degree rearview camera; a terrain system for on/off road driving; a hill launch assist system; a traction control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; a blind spot electronic system; a radar activated cruise control system; a lane keep assist system; a rear traffic monitor system; parking aids; a roll stability control system; and stability control



Standard Equipment (Test Model): 21-inch wheels; co-pilot steering system; an 8-speed automatic transmission; an all-wheel drive system; an air suspension system; all-wheel steering; soft close doors; power tailgate; a power panoramic roof with sunshade; a rear privacy glass; a heated rear window; power folding mirrors; heated front seats with memory setting; power reclining rear heated seats; leather seats; a three zone climate control system; a power adjustable steering wheel; a keyless entry system; a push button keyless ignition system; and wireless charger

Options: heated and cooled front seats; hot climate pack; gloss grand black veneer; tailgate event suite; Meridian 3D surround system; a shadow exterior pack; a black contrast roof; pixel LED headlights with a signature daytime running light; black brake calipers; 21-inch full size spare; an ebony headliner; a heated steering wheel; illuminated seat belt buckles; premium green exterior paint; and ultra fabric textile seat

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: 13-speaker Bose AM/FM with SiriusXM

Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard

USB Connectivity: Standard

Apple/Android Connectivity: Standard

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles


EV Warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 3.0-liter turbocharged, 6-cylinder/434-hp

Plug-In EV Range: 56 miles on our test model

Recommended Fuel: Premium

Standard Fuel Mileage: 51- MPGe/21-hwy (based on fueleconmy.gov)

Towing Capacity: 5,511-lbs

What’s New: The Range Rover’s Plug-In model returns for the 2023 model year. It was last offered by the European brand in 2021.



Why: 

Screams luxury!

Sculpted exterior styling with a modern contemporary flair

A great riding vehicle with an adjustable suspension system

Runs off gasoline and electricity.

A 450-mile total driving range (according to fueleconomy.gov)

Has an electric driving range up to 57 miles (higher than fueleconomy.gov estimates)

DC quick charger availability for plug-in option, allowing the vehicle to be recharged up to 80 percent within 1 hour

Supportive seating

Optional 4 bucket seats or 7 passenger seating option

Optional 33 speakers available

Choice of leather or high grade non leather seating options

Heated/Ventilated front seats

Heated/Ventilated rear reclining captain seats

Massaging seats available for front and second row seating

4x4

Co-pilot assist steering with a radar activated cruise control system

A power panoramic roof

Tweed-like jeans-like seat interior

21-inch wheels

A heated steering wheel

Black contrasting roof

An in-vehicle wireless charger

Privacy rear glass

Powerful engine

A large infotainment system

Choice of wood options

Ability to wade through water too

All wheels steer, enhancing the turning radius

Optional parallel and perpendicular parking assist system

Optional tailgating package features leather cushions, tailgate speakers and lighting

Rear entertainment screens available


But: 

Pricey

No third-row seating (in our test model)

Only available in a short wheelbase configuration



Verdict: The sculpted Range Ranger plug-in returns for the 2023 model year. After a two year absence. The plug-in model continues to be in a class by itself. Outside of the midsize Jeep Grand Cherokee plug-in, this is first large SUV offering electrification.

The luxurious electrified Range Rover, with its stately road presence, runs off both premium gasoline and electricity. The four-seater SUV we tested, with its massaging seats, garnered 57 miles on a full charge. This exceeded fueleconomy.gov estimate of 51 miles. Unlike the Jeep, which has a 26-mile driving range, the Range Rover literally allows most drivers the ability to commute back and forth daily, without using the gasoline if the trip is under 57 miles.  A DC quick charger can be used to recharge the vehicle at 80 percent in less than 60 minutes. This is amazing.

In fact, the Range Rover has a higher electric driving range over any other vehicle we’ve tested thus far, that’s even including the mileage sipping Prius Prime, which offers 40 miles of range before the gasoline engine kicks in, according to fueleconomy.gov.

The Range Rover electrification range is an indication that this vehicle is on track to be totally electrified in the near future.

Moreover, the Land Rover Range Rover SUV theme continues its focus on personalization. From the ride and handling capabilities to the luxury amenities available, this pricey European brand allows consumers to customize their vehicle, as they would with their homes.

Nearest Competition (Four Door): 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Plug-In




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