In 2022, we saw several new luxury SUVs redesigned. We got the new Acura MDX, new luxury trims on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Wagoneer, Infiniti QX60 and others. But, when it comes to an ultra-luxury SUV that doesn’t immediately scream “hey, look at me,” the Land Rover Range Rover seems to take the cake after its 2022 redesign. Perhaps that’s one reason Newsweek named it the best luxury SUV of 2022 in its 2022 Cars Awards.
Why is the Range Rover the best luxury SUV of 2022?
I like others in news week list, redesigns help win prizes. Land Rover has redesigned the Range Rover for 2022 and improved it considerably. But it also kept the familiar styling so it doesn’t deviate from the instantly recognizable Range Rover shape that has been a country club staple for 40 years. But the new Rover sits on an entirely new platform that’s designed to accommodate electric powertrains as well as petrol engines.
The Range Rover is the pinnacle of Land Rover, and that means features you never thought you’d want, let alone need. Take, for example, the electric roll bar that uses a 48-volt motor to keep this tall SUV upright. If you sit in the right rear seat, you get a leg rest and footrest, and the entire second row can have heated/ventilated/massaging seats, flanked by a cooler. Ohh, and those second row seats even recline.
But it’s also a clean design that doesn’t give you a lot of buttons to fiddle with. Instead, you get a pair of knobs, a shifter, and a massive 13.7-inch digital instrument cluster and 13.1-inch touchscreen.
Does the 2023 Range Rover have three rows?
The new Land Rover Range Rover comes in two sizes. You can choose SWB or LWB, for short wheelbase and long wheelbase. That means you can order a Rover with four, five or seven seats. This is the first time a Rover has come with three rows. Discoveries and Defenders can also be ordered with extra seats in the rear so the whole family can enjoy the smell of fine British leather.
Is a 2022 Range Rover Reliable?
To put it mildly, Land Rover has struggled with reliability. The 2021 Range Rover earned a one-star rating from Consumer Reports, for example, for reliability. But ask any Land Rover fan and they’ll tell you those problems are usually caused by deferred maintenance, not a bad product. However, the 2022 Rover rides on an entirely new platform with a plethora of new engines that have yet to prove themselves.
How much will a 2002 Range Rover cost?
The Range Rover may have one of the biggest spreads between the price of a base model and the price of a top-of-the-line model. The 2023 Range Rover with a 395-horsepower 3.0-liter hybrid V6 engine starts at $104,500. If you really want to go all out, you can pay $218,300 for a Range Rover SV, which has bronze inserts around the badges, your “curated” choice of wood trim, chrome, white or black ceramic controls (at a cost additional), and much more.