2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV

MSRP $131,000 - $155,000

Ranked #1 in Fullsize Suv

7.9

Overall Rating

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography for this year has got one more trim i.e. the 50th Edition Autobiography trim. Apart from this, there are no major changes this year. The 2021 Range Rover Autobiography packs in a 518 hp, 5.0-liter supercharged V8 under its hood. An eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the 4WD is standard. The Range Rover Autobiography can sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 140 mph. All that performance and the Range Rover Autobiography still eke out a decent 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

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Pros

Massive road presence

Luxurious interiors

Available hybrid powertrain

Excellent on-road and off-road performance

Cons

Expensive compared to rivals

Sluggish infotainment

Poor predicted reliability

Floaty ride quality

What's New?

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography has gained a new 50th Edition trim

The 2021 Range Rover Autobiography is the available cabin air ionization with a PM2.5 filter


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$131000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

140 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

15/14.4 in.

dimensions

length

66.3 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

73.6 in.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.1 sec.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$131,000 onwards

50th Edition$148,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV in Aruba Premium Metallic color
Aruba Premium Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The plush ride quality and the all over the place kind of handling have been applauded and criticized respectively by almost every automotive journalist and we share the same opinion. The interior of the Range Rover Autobiography sees no major changes. The usual roster of luxurious material and high-quality fit and finish level is present. The Touch Pro Duo touchscreen setup still remains a cumbersome thing to use. The cargo space is sub-par and rivals offer much better space. Starting at an eye-popping $144,500 the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography rivals the likes of Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and BMW X7.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV front angle view
2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV rear angle view

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV Features

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography has added a 50th Edition anniversary special edition to the Range Rover trim lineup. With this addition we now have two trims for the Autobiography, one being the base and the other the Autobiography 50th Edition. The Range Rover Autobiography trim offers two powertrain options P400e and P525. The former is a plug-in hybrid engine while the latter is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8. The Range Rover PHEV will be covered by us separately. Other than the powertrain, another option the Range Rover offers is the short wheelbase version (SWB) and long-wheelbase version (LWB), the Range Rover Autobiography LWB will be covered separately. In this article, we will focus on the Range Rover P525 Autobiography SWB. 

The 2021 Range Rover Autobiography starts at $144,500 while the Range Rover Autobiography 50th Edition comes with a starting price of $148,500. Both the trims get a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 and come in a short-wheelbase configuration. The standard features offered include 21-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension, Terrain Response 2.0, LED exterior lighting, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, 24-way power-adjustable front seats, quad-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree surround view, rear cross-traffic alert, parking assist, and a few more. The Autobiography 50th Edition includes all these features and adds 22-inch alloy wheels, 50th edition badges and stickers, unique exterior and interior treatment, leather headliner, and black-veneer interior trim.

Model

P525 Autobiography

P525 Autobiography 50th Edition

MSRP

$144,500

$148,500

Features

5.0-liter Supercharged V8

Adds or upgrades to ‘Autobiography’

 

21-inch alloy wheels

22-inch alloy wheels

 

24-way power-adjustable front seats with massaging function

Leather headliner

 

Captain’s chair for rear seats

The unique grille and bumper accents

 

Heated and ventilated front seats

Black-veneer interior trim

 

Heated rear seats

Special paint color options

 

Quad-zone climate control

‘Fifty’ script badges and logos 

 

29-speaker audio system

 
 

Leather upholstery

 
 

Parking Assist

 
 

Locking rear differential

 
 

Terrain Response 2.0

 

Being a Range Rover there are bound to be few optional packages even when the trim is Autobiography. That said, the Autobiography trim offers two optional packages, an entertainment package for $2,400 and a shadow exterior package for $1,100. The entertainment package adds 10-inch rear-seat entertainment, 825-watt 13-speaker Meridian Surround Sound System, Touch Pro duo, etc. The shadow exterior package includes shadow atlas surround, door handle surrounds, mesh, front bumper finish, side vent/accent graphics, and tailgate finish.

We Recommend:

We recommend going for the Autobiography trim as it has every feature that the four grand expensive Autobiography 50th edition gets except for the 22-inch alloy wheels and a few unique exteriors and interior touches. The money saved can be used for having an Entertainment package that adds rear-seat entertainment, upgrades the sound system, and a few more.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV Engine and Performance

The Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography trim is powered by a 5.0-liter Supercharged engine that puts out 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque dubbed as P525 engine. The power and torque are adequate to hustle the two-and-a-half-ton SUV from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The Range Rover Autobiography covers a quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 140 mph. The eight-speed automatic transmission is standard along with the 4WD configuration. 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV driving mode

The massive supercharged V8 has an intoxicating grunt and keeps the SUV chugging along. Despite the weight of the Range Rover the engine never feels strained and at a press of throttle, it chugs ahead. That said, the P525 Autobiography has a rated towing capacity of 7,716 pounds which is above average for the segment.

Model

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63

2021 BMW X7 M50i

MSRP

$144,500

$127,800

$156,450

$99,800

Engine

5.0-liter Supercharged V8

4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8

4.0-liter Bi-Turbo V8

4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

4WD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

518 hp @ 6000 rpm

541 hp @ 5750 rpm

577 hp @ 6000 rpm

523 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

461 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

567 lb-ft @ 1960 rpm

627 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

553 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

0-60 MPH

5.1 sec

3.9 sec

4.5 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

N/A

12.5 sec

14.1 sec

Top Speed

140 MPH

177 MPH

150 MPH

130 MPH

None of the rivals offer a supercharged V8 instead all the three get a twin-turbo V8 with different displacement. The most powerful among all is the Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 that puts out 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. It manages 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with the quarter-mile coming at 12.5 seconds. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo remains the quickest SUV doing 0-60 mph in a freaking 3.9 seconds. The BMW X7 covers the slowest quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Ride and Handling:

The adaptive air suspension offered on the Range Rover Autobiography gobbles up anything that comes in its strides without filtering much inside the cabin. The cushion-like ride quality is enviable and second to none in the segment. To give you a perspective, take your Range Rover over unpaved roads and you would hardly be able to tell it from a smooth tarmac. That’s the level of comfort we are talking about. 

But just like a coin, this has another perspective to it. In the pursuit of giving unmatched comfort the ride and handling of the Range Rover went for a toss in the process. To paint a picture the Range Rover feels like a boat to drive and thus you have to do constant steering correction even when going straight. To conclude the Range Rover is not athletic like a Porsche but provides unmatched comfort as a bargain.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Braking:

Stopping a 5,000 plus pounds SUV is no joke and you have to slap in some really big rotors to ensure panic braking situations are taken care of with ease. The 2021 Range Rover Autobiography gets a 15-inches rotor at the front and a 14.4-inches rotor at the rear. The result is that the Range Rover manages to stop from 60-0 mph in 123 feet.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV brake rotor

Model

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63

2021 BMW X7 M50i

Brake Rotors Front (in.)

15.0

16.3

14.8

N/A

Brake Rotors Rear (in.)

14.4

14.4

13.0

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,254

5,056

5,842

5,661

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123 ft.

159 ft. (70-0 MPH)

N/A

N/A

The SUV with the biggest brakes title goes to Porsche Cayenne Turbo that sports a 16.3-inches rotor at the front and a 14.4-inches rotor at the rear. All four discs manage to bring the Porsche from 70-0 mph in 159 feet. The Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 gets a 14.8-inches front rotor and a 13.0-inches rear rotor to put anchors on this galloping SUV.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Driving a big supercharged V8 generally means that fuel economy takes a back seat. The case here is no different, the 2021 Range Rover Sport Autobiography returns an EPA estimated 16 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined. The Range Rover Autobiography gets a 27.3-gallon fuel tank and manages 437 miles and 573 miles of range in city and highway respectively from a tankful of gas.

Model

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63

2021 BMW X7 M50i

MPG (City)

16

15

13

15

MPG (Highway)

21

19

16

21

MPG (Combined)

18

17

14

17

Fuel Tank

27.3

23.7

26.4

21.9

Range (City/Highway/ Combined)

437/ 573/ 491

356/ 450/ 402

343/ 422/ 369

329/ 460/ 372

Surprisingly the Range Rover Autobiography beats all the other twin-turbo V8-powered SUVs in this comparison. Among the rivals, the Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 is the least efficient with gas mileage of 13/16/14 mpg in city/highway/combined respectively and the BMW X7 is the most fuel-efficient with 15/21/17 mpg of gas mileage.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV Interior

8.0/10

There is no dearth of fine quality material and a show of superior craftsmanship that went into the cabin design. Adorned with a blend of high-quality leather, aluminum, wood veneer, etc. has no second in the large luxury SUV segment. The dashboard is nice and flat with well-placed control. The overall visibility is great and the cabin feels roomy courtesy of the big window lines and a large panoramic sunroof above. Being a tall SUV the ingress and egress are a breeze in the Range Rover Autobiography.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV dashboard

Coming to the seats you get a host of features like massage function, heating and ventilation function, 24-way power adjustment, etc for the front seats but they lack sufficient cushion and feel a bit stiff. This becomes apparent when you go on a long drive. That said, the rear captain seats are the real game here as they are big and comfortable. Sadly they only offer heating function and power recline. No fancy massage or ventilation function like the front seats. But you do get an optional rear entertainment system to make up for that.

Model

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63

2021 BMW X7 M50i

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/ Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.5/ 60.9/ 39.1

N/A

41.9/ 57.8/ 38.7

41.9/ 60.0/ 39.8

Rear (Head/ Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.4/ 59.0/ 39.3

N/A

40.5/ 57.4/ 39.5

39.9/ 58.1/ 37.6

Cargo Capacity ft3

24.5

26.3

38.1

N/A

As for the cabin space, the Range Rover offers the best shoulder room and legroom among the competition here. Even though being a tall boy the Range Rover offers smaller headroom than its rivals. Speaking of rivals, the BMW X7 manages to offer class-leading 39.8-inches of front legroom but then the rear legroom takes a hit as it offers the least rear legroom among all. 

Moving to the cargo space, the Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 with 38.1 cubic feet of cargo space offers the biggest cargo area. Followed by Porsche Cayenne Turbo with 26.3 cubic feet of cargo space and Range Rover Autobiography with 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Highlights of the interior include:

  • 24-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Quad-zone climate control
  • Windsor leather trimmed-seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power-adjustable and heated steering wheel
  • Captain's chair (rear seat)

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Infotainment System:

The Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography gets a Touch Pro Duo system with a dual-screen setup. The upper screen handles infotainment, navigation, and vehicle statistics while the lower screen is used to control HVAC and seat settings. This might sound all cool and fun but believe us the same cool thing becomes a headache when you have to use some function while driving. Not only the system is difficult to use but the layers of the menu and on top of that its sluggish response makes us despise this setup more and more.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV infotainment screen

Rant aside, the infotainment system comes with a long list of standard features. Few key standard features include a 29-speaker Meridian sound system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, SiriusXM, HD Radio, navigation, seven USB ports, etc. As for optional features, you can avail of the entertainment pack to add a 10-inch rear-seat entertainment system. Highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • Dual 10-inch touchscreen
  • 29-speaker Meridian surround sound system
  • Navigation Pro
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 10-inch rear entertainment screen (available)

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV Exterior

7.0/10

The exterior design and looks of the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography haven’t been updated significantly this year except for the extra chrome bits and brush metal trims enhancement done to enhance the bling factor. The front end gets squared-off LED headlights with the iconic Land Rover grille. A straight beltline that starts at the upper end of the headlight goes through the side door handles to finally merge at the rear taillights. Being a boxy SUV the squared-out taillights and headlights go well with the overall look. 

All around the Range Rover, it is wrapped in massive glass be it the sides or the rear. The blacked-out roof pillars give the roof a floating roof look. The 21-inch alloy wheels look sick and fill the wheel arches well. The available 22-inch alloy wheels available on the 50th Edition takes that to next level. The 50th Edition Autobiography is differentiated by the standard Autobiography by unique decals and 50th edition badging done on the outside.

Model

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63

2021 BMW X7 M50i

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,254

5,056

5,842

5,661

Length (in.)

196.9

194.0

191.9

203.3

Width (in.)

78.1

78.1

78.1

78.7

Height (in.)

73.6

65.9

77.4

71.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.3

7.4

N/A

8.7

Wheelbase (in.)

115.0

114.0

113.8

122.2

Dimension wise the BMW X7 is the longest and the widest SUV of all. The BMW X7 also has the longest wheelbase of 122.2-inches and the highest ground clearance of 8.7-inches. The Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 remains the tallest SUV measuring 77.4-inches in height. The AMG G 63 is also the heaviest SUV weighing 5,842 pounds. 

As for the Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography, it is 6.4-inches smaller, 0.6-inches less wide, and has a 7.2-inches smaller wheelbase compared to the BMW X7. The Range Rover Autobiography is 3.8-inches shorter than the Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63. While the Range Rover Autobiography has 8.3-inches of ground clearance which is 0.4-inches less than BMW X7’s ground clearance. Highlights of the exterior include:

  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Front and rear parking sensor
  • Soft close door
  • Heated outside rearview mirror
  • Front and rear fog lights

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV Safety

9.0/10

Being a part of the luxury SUV category it is no surprise the 2021 Range Rover Autobiography hasn’t been crash-tested by either NHTSA and IIHS. However, there is no dearth of safety and driver-assist features on offer in the Range Rover Autobiography. Standard safety features include lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, ten airbags, parking sensors, 360-degree surround-view camera, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, driver condition monitoring, etc. Highlights of safety features include:

  • Cornering brake control
  • Side-impact bars
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Hands-free park assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV Competition

7.0/10

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Vs 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Range Rover Autobiography are practically poles apart SUVs but what both do share in common are a luxury status and road presence. The Porsche Cayenne rules the tarmac while the Range Rover Autobiography is the jack of off-road and smooth tarmac. While Porsche handles like a ballerina on the tarmac the Range Rover is all over the place compared to that. But when it comes to riding comfort it is the Range Rover in which you are better off. To conclude the Range Rover is the best chauffeur-driven SUV while the Porsche Cayenne is a true driver’s delight.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63

The instant celebrity status is common for both the Range Rover Autobiography and the Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63. Both the SUVs are neck to neck in terms of road presence, comfort, and off-road capability. The Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 drives and handles well compared to the Range Rover. Not only this it puts out more power and is faster in 0-60 mph than the Land Rover Range Rover. The Range Rover in its defense has a better fuel economy to counter the onslaught from the G-Wagon. To conclude if we keep aside the fuel economy figures the G-Wagon makes a lot of sense over the Range Rover Autobiography.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Vs 2021 BMW X7 M50i

The BMW X7 is a bigger, more powerful, and faster SUV compared to the Range Rover Autobiography. The driving dynamics of the BMW X7 are sorted and it offers a decent level of luxury on the inside. All this while still costing at least forty-five grands less than the Range Rover Autobiography. The BMW X7 is also capable of mild off-track riding but that's all, nothing serious here. But we hardly see any owner taking their beloved Range Rover Autobiography for off-roading. Thus the BMW X7 is the best bet between the two.

2021 BMW X7 M50i

 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SUV Final Verdict

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography is ripe at the moment and is screaming for a design update and a new infotainment system. The ride of the Range Rover is plush but its handling is all over the place. The powerful supercharged V8 has enough grunt to pull this two-and-a-half-ton SUV with ease but won’t win your races. 

On a plus side, you get much better fuel economy compared to what rivals V8s offer. The reliability and the frequent breakdown is the ghost from the past that still haunts the Range Rover. So we suggest you trudge carefully if you are planning to buy one as these beauties shed a lot of value and don’t age well either.