2018 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6 Review - Is The Diesel Worth It?
A Splash of Efficiency & Torque For This Beast In Sheep's Clothing.
The Range Rover has always been known as the go anywhere vehicle for decades with a heaping dose of British charm and luxury. It's the vehicle you get when you can afford an entire fleet of Jeep Grand Cherokees, have a Golden Retriever and need to pick up the kids from boarding school on the weekends from the countryside. Unfortunately, most Range Rovers will never see a dirt road as they are most commonly seen in the urban jungle, which is why the diesel makes all the sense in the world.
When you gaze upon the triple digit window sticker for the RR, you'll notice some solid numbers, 22 City and 28 Highway from the EPA. However, in my real-world driving experiences, I averaged 32 on the highway and 24 in the city. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 creates 254 horsepower and a potent 443 pound-feet of torque and delivers a 0-60 time of just 7.5 seconds. The diesel is nearly as quick as the Rover’s gasoline V-6 models. It trails the 340-horsepower version by just 0.4 seconds to 60 mph, and the 380-hp model by 0.5 seconds. It just makes so much sense from an efficiency standpoint to drive the diesel over the gasoline-powered models. Unless you want crazy power from the Supercharged V-8, you should be driving the diesel.
Dashing Looks of British Descent:
The Range Rover has gotten a slight exterior update, they rounded off the rear LED lights and created two housings giving it a more pronounced look. Swing around to the front and you'll notice refined crisp LED light strips and a more rounded front fascia. The exterior is very tasteful and captures that iconic Land Rover look we have all come to know and love. Tall roofline, wide front end and a commanding view of the road is the Rover way.
Lots of Tech Goodies (When They Work):
Once you jump into the driver's seat, you feel like you're in some type of command center with three screens (drivers display, upper media system, and vehicle control panel), not to mention all of the knobs and buttons which control things such as the ride height, driving mode, climate system and the gear selector which raises up from the center console in true Range Rover style. Other tech features include distance guided cruise control, a heads-up-display, 360-degree view camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and blind spot moderating. Most of these features work most of the time. However, the backup camera of all things had a bad habit of turning off at the worse possible moments. Oh, these little Land Rover electronic issues we deal with but put up with because hey, it's a Land Rover.
They did a fantastic job with integrating all of the features making them easy to use and understand. I especially like the various screens which are incredibly vivid and clear. The lower screen shows cool Range Rover graphics depending on your drive mode setting. It can also be used to control climate settings and simple music functions.
The Steering Wheel of The Future:
The wheel has reconfigurable buttons which change functions depending on what screen you're on, definitely a cool trick from its bag of tech goodness.
Concert Hall Sound Experience:
The optional Meridian Surround Sound System provides a truly world-class listening experience. All the fullness and clarity of a live performance is delivered through an arrangement of 19 speakers including a dual channel subwoofer – seamlessly brought together using Trifield technology. Exclusive to Meridian, Trifield perfectly blends the center and surround channels with left and right channels ensuring an optimum, consistent sound experience for each passenger. Every seat really is best in-house.
Next Level Digital Gauge Display:
The digital gauge display is distinctive of the Range Rovers personality. It features bold numbers with wide silver squared off needles. As the RPM's increase additional light is reflected upon that area of the gauge, a cool touch indeed. It can also be reconfigured to show a full map for easy navigation.
An Interior Fit For Royalty:
The Land Rover nameplate is no stranger to royalty as they have been used to usher around the British Royal family for decades. It's the ultra-soft leather-wrapped steering wheel, door panels and seats combined with double thick windows and 20-way power-adjustable seats which make you feel like royalty of your own. The level of customization and attention to detail on the interior really make all of the difference and set this ultra-luxury SUV apart from other offerings made by Mercedes-Benz and Lexus.
An Exceptional Land Roving Machine:
Every moment I spent with the Range Rover was a special one. From its outstanding off-road capabilities to soft manners on the road it's a true joy to drive. I think it's the best looking vehicle in this segment too with rounded body panels and crisp LED accent lights. On the interior you're treated to an ultra luxurious experience with large leather seats and enough adjustments to make you annoyed, plus a glass roof which lets in a ton of natural light. The diesel engine fits this vehicle perfectly with a ton of torque plus an exceptional 0-60 time. Couple that with its amazing fuel-economy and you have yourself one incredible Range Rover.