The Land Rover Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

Rugged and synonymous with prestige, Land Rovers fit in on the trails or on Rodeo Drive.

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Land Rover History

Land Rover is a British automaker that produces luxury four-wheel-drive vehicles. The brand technically began in 1948 when the Rover Company launched the Land Rover Series of off-road vehicles. British Leyland took the brand upmarket with the Range Rover in 1970 and branched off Land Rover into a distinct brand from now-defunct Rover in 1978. Land Rover was later owned by BMW and Ford. Current owner Tata Motors bought Land Rover from Ford in 2008, merging it with Jaguar to form Jaguar Land Rover.

Land Rover has gone full-on luxury these days, but the brand maintains its reputation for off-road capability. Land Rover does not give its vehicles "Trail Rated" badges like Jeep; it's presumed — since they carry the name Land Rover — that they are able to do that (yes, even the Evoque). The flipside is Land Rover's not especially stellar reputation for reliability.

In 2021, Jaguar Land Rover embarked on a new product strategy called "Reimagine." The Land Rover lineup will shift dramatically toward electrification. Land Rover plans to launch its first EV in 2024 and six within the next five years. By 2030, Land Rover expects every model to have an EV option and EVs to make up 60% of Land Rover sales.

Land Rover Terminology

HSE: Stands for “High Specification Equipment.” This is a higher-than-standard trim level offered on most Land Rover models.
SVO and SVR: SVO stands for “Special Vehicles Operations,” the brand’s high-performance wing. The highest-performance vehicles under the SVO wing replace the O with an R, which stands for “racing.” SVO and SVR trims aren’t available across the board, but vehicles that sport the trim level are, in scientific terms, “fun as hell.”
Autobiography: This is a Range Rover trim offered on the Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport and the Evoque. This trim is fancy. It will have luxury finishes, an array of standard features and come at a significantly higher price point.
Dynamic: This is a term affixed to Range Rover trims. These cars are more aggressive and dynamic than non-dynamic trims. That can mean styling. It can also mean a more powerful engine.
Range Rover: Land Rover has equity in “Range Rover” as a luxury brand. Thus, four of the seven vehicles are “Range Rovers.” These cars tend to be referred to as just “Range Rovers” because “Land Rover Range Rover X” is a mouthful.
Sport: Smaller version. The Range Rover Sport is smaller than the Range Rover. The Discovery Sport is smaller than the Discovery.

Land Rover Buying Guide

Range Rover

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Land Rover

The Range Rover is Land Rover's flagship, full-size luxury SUV. The first model was one of the most influential cars ever built. The current fifth-generation model is all-new for 2022. You can call it the Land Rover Range Rover, but that's a repetitive mouthful.

The Range Rover comes in standard or long-wheelbase versions with the option for a third row of seats. Currently, you can order a Range Rover with either inline-six or V8 powertrains. A six-cylinder PHEV version will arrive for the 2023 model year. Four-wheel steering is now standard across the lineup. The price tag now starts above $100,000.

Body Style: SUV

Seating: 5 or 7

SWB Models:

  • Range Rover
  • Range Rover Autobiography
  • Range Rover First Edition
  • Range Rover SV

    LWB Models:

    • Range Rover Autobiography
    • Range Rover First Edition
    • Range Rover SV

      LWB 7-Seat Models:

      • Range Rover
      • Autobiography

        Engines:

        • Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (395 hp, 406 lb-ft)
        • Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (523 hp, 553 lb-ft)

          Base MSRP: $104,000

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          Range Rover Sport

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          Land Rover

          The Range Rover Sport is a midsize SUV. It's smaller, cheaper and — as the name suggests — sportier than its flagship sibling. The first edition came out in 2005. The second generation debuted for the 2013 model year.

          The Range Rover Sport SVR ($117,800) is Land Rover’s on-road performance vehicle. It is the most powerful Land Rover with 575 hp from the 5.0-liter V8. It is the fastest Land Rover, accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. It also has some quite sporty features, including a carbon fiber hood.

          Body Style: SUV

          Seating: 5 or 7

          Models:

          • Range Rover Sport SE
          • Range Rover Sport HSE Silver Edition
          • Range Rover Sport HST
          • Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic
          • Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic
          • Range Rover Sport SVR

            Engines:

            • Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (355 hp)
            • Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (395 hp)
            • Supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (518 hp)
            • Supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (575 hp)

              Base MSRP: $70,900

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              Range Rover Velar

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              The Range Rover Velar is Land Rover's more premium luxury compact crossover. Land Rover calls it "the Avant-Garde Range Rover." It debuted as an all-new model in 2017. The Range Rover Velar is more road-going and style-oriented than other Land Rover vehicles with sleek lines and recessed door handles. It comes in one four and two six-cylinder versions.

              Body Style: Crossover SUV

              Seating: 5

              Models:

              • Range Rover Velar S
              • Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic S
              • Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE

                Engines:

                • Turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four (247 hp)
                • Turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six MHEV (340 hp)
                • Turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six MHEV (395 hp)

                  Base MSRP: $58,300

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                  Range Rover Evoque

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                  Land Rover

                  The Range Rover Evoque is a subcompact luxury crossover. It's Land Rover's smallest and cheapest model that still carries Range Rover branding. The current second-generation model debuted in 2018. R-Dynamic versions offer a bolder, sportier style. All versions use a 246 hp 2.0-liter inline-four engine except the R-Dynamic HST model which gets a bump up to 295 hp.

                  Of Note: Victoria Beckham collaborated on a special limited edition of the Evoque in 2012. She sold her limited edition Evoque in 2016 after three years and 1,400 miles. Land Rover’s chief designer says that Mrs. Beckham overstated her involvement when she claimed to have designed the car.

                  Body Style: Crossover SUV

                  Seating: 5

                  Models:

                  • Range Rover Evoque S
                  • Range Rover Evoque SE
                  • Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic S
                  • Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic SE
                  • Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HST

                    Engines:

                    • Turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four (246 hp)
                    • Turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four MHEV (295 hp)

                      Base MSRP: $44,700

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                      Land Rover Discovery

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                      Land Rover

                      The Land Rover Discovery is Land Rover's less premium (but still quite premium) midsize SUV. It is less luxurious and more family-oriented than the Range Rover Sport. The current third generation (or fifth iteration) Discovery debuted for 2017. The Disco is one of the best SUVs for towing, with a truck-like 8,201 lb rating. A seven-seat, three-row version is standard. Though a two-row version is optional.

                      Body Style: SUV

                      Seating: 5 or 7

                      Models:

                      • Land Rover Discovery S
                      • Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic S
                      • Land Rover Discovery Metropolitan Edition

                        Engines:

                        • Turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four (296 hp)
                        • Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six MHEV (355 hp)

                          Base MSRP: $56,600

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                          Land Rover Discovery Sport

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                          Land Rover

                          The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a compact SUV. It is the entry-level Land Rover with a base price starting at $41,900. The current generation debuted in 2014 as a replacement for Land Rover's smaller LR2. The Discovery Sport can be fitted with a small third row of seating.

                          Body Style: SUV

                          Seating: 5 or 7

                          Models:

                          • Land Rover Discovery Sport S
                          • Land Rover Discovery Sport R-Dynamic S

                            Engines:

                            • Turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four (246 hp)

                              Base MSRP: $43,200

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                              Land Rover Defender

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                              Land Rover

                              The Land Rover Defender is Land Rover's original overland vehicle, the British equivalent of the Jeep Wrangler. Before 1983, it was just known as the "Land Rover." Land Rover produced a brief run of "NAS" Defenders sold in North America from 1993 to 1997. JLR discontinued the body-on-frame Defender's continuous production run in 2016. Land Rover revived the Defender nameplate in 2020 with a new unibody SUV. It won the World Car Design of the Year award for 2021.

                              The Defender comes in two body styles, a two-door Defender 90 and four-door Defender 110. The numerical designations no longer track with the Defender wheelbase. It comes with inline-four, inline-six or now a supercharged V8 powertrain.

                              Body Style: SUV

                              Seating: 5 or 7

                              D90 Models:

                              • Defender 90 S
                              • Defender 90 SE
                              • Defender 90 X-Dynamic
                              • Defender 90 X
                              • Defender 90 V8
                              • Defender 90 Carpathian Edition

                                D110 Models:

                                • Defender 110
                                • Defender 110 X-Dynamic SE
                                • Defender 110 X
                                • Defender 110 V8
                                • Defender 110 Carpathian Edition

                                  Engines:

                                  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four (296 hp)
                                  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (395 hp)
                                  • Supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (518 hp)

                                    Base MSRP: $51,700

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