2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV

MSRP $98,000

Ranked #14 in Fullsize Suv

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

Updated on: October 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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At an MSRP of $98,000, the Land Rover Range Rover Diesel is among the top picks of the diesel-powered full-size SUV segment that has garnered attention and appealed to the buyers with its enticing design and undeniable road presence. Having been able to weave its magic on the buyers with its efficient 3.0L tdV6 diesel powertrain, a bevy of standard features, and an upscale aura, the 2021 iteration of the LR SUV essentially remains unchanged from the outgoing model. 

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Pros

Luxuriously appointed and comfortable cabin

Highly frugal

Impressive Off-Road capabilities 

Cons

Exorbitant pricing 

Handling could be better

Problematical infotainment system 

What's New?

New Westminister, Fifty, and Black Special Editions


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$98000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

254 hp @ 3750 rpm

torque

443 lb.-ft.. @ 1750 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

15/14.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

115 in.

length

196.9 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

73.6 in.

curb weight

4940 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

70.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

HSE$98,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV in British Racing Green Metallic color
British Racing Green Metallic

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Consequently, you still get an interior setup that is among the most luxurious with plenty of space and excellent comfort that could be offered. Alongside the standard features, the additional packages are rather impressive adding to the experience of the passengers and drivers. In the segment, it competes with rivals like Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon Denali, and Chevrolet Tahoe High Country.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV Features

The Land Rover Range Rover is offered in several trim options, but the diesel buyers have to settle with the HSE trim only. This trim receives a 3.0L diesel engine mated to an 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic transmission and is equipped with a standard AWD system being priced at $98,000 for its 2021 year model. 

The new Range Rover Diesel SUV gets various features as standard that include a rear-view camera, three-zone climate, and heated driver and passenger seats. Additionally, buyers can also opt for the newly introduced Westminster, Fifty, and Black Special edition packages or continue to make use of the existing packages which include the Entertainment package, Vision Assist Package, and the Shadow Exterior package amongst other available options.

Trim

Range Rover TDv6 Diesel HSE SWB

MSRP

$98,000

Key Feature

SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan

 

19 Meridian speakers

 

10-inch Pro Duo Touchscreen with android auto and apple car play

 

Power-adjustable front seats with heating functionality

 

22-way heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats

 

Optional Ebony Morzine Headlining

 

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Blind-spot monitor 

What Trim Should You Buy?

The buyers of the 2021 Range Rover diesel variant don’t get many options as only the HSE rim gets the diesel engine from the lineup of this SUV. Priced at $98,000 it doesn’t have any dearth of features and also gets a long list of optional features the buyers can opt for. For convenience and comfort-centric buyers, the brand offers features like Cruise Control, seat massage, heads-up display, keyless entry, and keyless start/stop among others. The most popular and that earns our recommendation are the features like automatic parking, adaptive cruise control, and the optional heads-up display. For the seating, we would recommend going for the leather seats available and buyers can also consider features like power Heated Front Seats with memory settings.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV Engine and Performance

The Range Rover Diesel gets a 3.0 L Turbocharged V6 engine under its hood. This Diesel V6 churns out 254 hp of total power and 443 lb-ft of net torque and comes connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission along with a standard all-wheel-drive system. The net torque produced by this diesel engine is however more than the gas variant and thus can tow more than the gas engine offered. However, as expected it is a bit underpowered as compared to its gas counterparts in terms of the total power output lacking by almost 100 horsepower. 

As discussed above the diesel engine also gets an 8-speed automatic transmission which is smooth with shifts and perfectly complements the power delivery of the vehicle. But the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel’s oneness lies in its unmatched off-roading capabilities. The SUV comes standard with a two-speed transfer case that enables it to switch between high- and low-range gearing to maximize traction on rough surfaces.

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel

2021 Cadillac Escalade Diesel 

2021 GMC Yukon Denali Diesel

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country turbo-diesel

MSRP

$98,000

$77,490

$75,395

$71,200

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0L DURAMAX TURBO-DIESEL ENGINE 

3.0L DURAMAX TURBO-DIESEL ENGINE 

3.0L DURAMAX TURBO-DIESEL ENGINE 

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD 

RWD 

RWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic Transmission

10-speed automatic 

10-speed automatic 

10-speed automatic transmission

Power 

254 hp @ 3,750 rpm 

277 hp @ 3750 rpm 

277 hp @ 3750 rpm 

277 hp 

Torque 

443 lb-ft@1,750 rpm 

460 lb.-ft @ 1500 rpm 

460 lb.-ft @ 1500 rpm 

460 lb-ft 

0-60 MPH 

7.2

8.5

8.5

7.9 

Quarter Mile 

15.3

16 seconds

16 seconds

NA

Top Speed 

130

110

NA

NA

The Range Rover priced highest in the segment gets the most underpowered engine among its key competitors. Looking at the competition, all three SUVs from the GM stable produce 277hp and 460lb.-ft of torque. In the lineup, the Chevy Tahoe is the least expensive option but manages to be quicker than its siblings clocking 7.9 seconds to the 60 mph mark. However, it makes use of the similar 10-speed automatic transmission as available with the GMC and Cadillac. Even though the power figures are low, the Range Rover Diesel offers better acceleration than most of its rivals.

How well does the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel handle?

The Range Rover Diesel focuses more on providing a comfortable ride rather than a thrilling experience. The SUV rolls pretty smooth and stable on city roads with its responsive steering but could be a disappointment while taking high-speed corners. Range Rover gets adaptive air suspensions that soak most of the dips on the road and with its highest setting enabled, higher ground clearance lets the vehicle safely drive on rocky terrain. 

The initial acceleration by the vehicle is best among the competitors but the delayed throttle response sets off the enthusiasts. NVH level of the vehicle is impressive as the engine is naturally more muted as compared to its key rivals with low idle and cruising noise. 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel Braking performance

The Land Rover Range Rover Diesel comes equipped with 13.7-inch brake rotors at the front and 12.8-inch rotors at the rear wheel. The braking setup offered in the SUV is extremely capable that helps stop the vehicle in no time and even when pressed hard, the brake pedal does not feel mushy or too soft and responds to every input precisely. The Range Rover Diesel gets a High-speed Emergency Braking System that uses sensors to monitor a potential collision and display the warning to the driver if the driver fails to respond then the system automatically deploys brakes to reduce the severity of the crash. The vehicle is fitted with ABS and also features advanced technology like Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Cornering Brake Control, and Emergency Brake Assist as standard.

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel

2021 Cadillac Escalade Diesel 

2021 GMC Yukon Denali Diesel

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country turbo-diesel

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.7

NA

17

17

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.8

NA

17

17

Curb Weight 

4940 lb.

5635 lb. 

5827

5,845

60-0 MPH (feet)

NA

NA

NA

N/A

The braking setup of the Range Rover Diesel when compared to its key rivals seems inferior as it got the smallest rotor setup in the lineup. As the rivals are concerned the Yukon and Tahoe both offer a better setup with the 17-inch large rotor at both front and rear tires. While the rotor dimensions figures aren’t available for the Escalade it is expected to have an impressive performance as claimed by a Cadillac

2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV Fuel Economy

The Range Rover Diesel gets claimed fuel economy figures of 22 MPG and 28 MPG for city and highway usage respectively. The combined fuel economy figures on the other hand stand at 24 MPG. The car gets a large, 28-gallon fuel tank, thus giving it a decent overall range of 499 miles on the city roads, 636 miles on the highway, and 570 miles on combined usage. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel

2021 Cadillac Escalade Diesel 

2021 GMC Yukon Denali Diesel

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country turbo-diesel

MPG (City)

22

21

21

21 

MPG (Highway)

28

27

27

28

MPG (Combined)

24

23

23

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

22.7 

24 

24.0

24

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

499/636/570 

504/648/552

504/648/552

504/648/552

The diesel powertrain of the Range Rover is the most potent and frugal amongst the competitors, making it a viable choice in comparison. All three SUVs remain a notch below the Land Rover averaging a combined mileage of 23 MPG and being mechanically similar, they also average an equal range of 552 miles and fall short only diminutively, thanks to their large tanks that can hold 24-gallons. 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV Interior

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel is archetypal of the brand’s ideologies and features an upscale cabin that offers comfortable seating for 5 people inside it. The Range Rover’s unique Command Driving Position provides an enhanced view of the front with the best-in-class comfort. The seats are wider with deeper cushioning and are available with Semi-Aniline leather providing an upscale and comfortable seating experience. 

At the rear, it gets wider seats with similar cushioning as the front row and the buyers can also opt for the Executive class seats to upgrade their experience. The Optional Executive Class Comfort features upper seat shoulder support, adjustable bolsters, headrest pillows, and ’hot stone’ massage that enhances the rear seat experience, and the additional Executive Class Comfort Plus promises improved niceties.

In terms of ergonomics and cabin design, there is not much to complain about. Though the centrally placed dual-screen setup continues to be frustrating, the overall built of the cabin reeks of opulence. You get wooden inserts on the doors and central console and to extend the idea of sheer luxury, Land Rover offers an optional Ebony Morzine headlining to ensure a gratifying experience. Storage space inside the cabin in the form of small cubbies feels ample and the SUV offers a voluminous 31.8-cubic feet trunk, which is pretty decent in this lineup. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel

2021 Cadillac Escalade Diesel 

2021 GMC Yukon Denali Diesel

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country turbo-diesel

Seating Capacity

5

7

7

7

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

39.5/60.9/39.4

42.3/65.5/44.5

42.3/66/44.5

42.3/66.0/44.5

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4 /59.0 /39.3

38.9 /64.6 /41.7

38.9/64.8/42

38.9/64.8/42

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

38.2 /62.7 /34.9

38.2/62.8/36.7

38.2/61.7/36.7

Trunk Capacity to 3rd row(cu-ft.)

N/A

25.5

25.5

25.5

Trunk Capacity to 2nd row(cu-ft.)

31.8

72.6

72.6

72.6

Trunk Capacity to 1st row(cu-ft.)

68.6

121

122.9

122.9

The luxurious cabin offered by the Land Rover Range Rover Diesel is impressive but the in-cabin space might not be their best area. In the front row, the Range Rover is certainly not the best contender in the lineup but as moving to the rear seat it offers the most spacious head and shoulder room in the lineup. All the other competitors are somewhere similar in terms of in-cabin space, however, the Cadillac Escalade Diesel does fall short on third-row legroom marginally, and even its maximum cargo capacity of 121 cu.-ft is smaller than the class-leading Chevrolet and GMC.

Some of the interior features are mentioned below:

  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Three-zone Climate Control
  • Front and Rear Cupholders
  • 20-way Power Driver and Passenger Seats
  • Premium Leather Upholstery

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Range Rover Diesel is offered with two 10-inch touch screens on its dashboard. the upper display gets the controls for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps along with audio and navigation functions whereas the lower display work with two adjusting dials for changing driver mode, air-conditioning, and seating settings. The system gets a TouchPro Duo setup which might look modern but isn’t very easy to use for first-time users. This infotainment system is available with standard advanced features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, HD Radio, satellite radio, 13 speakers, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The buyers can also opt for a 19- or 29-speaker sound system to enhance their music experience and the rear seat can be equipped with two 10-inch displays.

Some of the features offered with the infotainment system are mentioned below:

  • Navigation System
  • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
  •  Rear Seat Audio Controls (Optional)
  • Satellite Radio (Optional)
  • Premium Sound System (Optional)
  • Entertainment System (Optional)
  • Hard Disk Drive
  • Smart Device Integration

2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV Exterior

Range Rover Diesel boasts a bold road presence with its boxy design and features an elegant design with its neat lines along the surface complementing its overall look and appealing to a lot of buyers. In the front of the vehicle, it gets chrome wrapped grille and automatic LED headlights with LED DRLs giving it an aggressive yet futuristic design. The roof gets a floating appearance as the black pillars and big glass covers it from all the sides. On the side profile of the vehicle, it gets 22-inch diamond finished alloy wheels and looks great along with the straight beltline it gets that runs from the upper end of the headlight to the taillight. On the rear, the taillights are squared complementing the overall look of the SUV. 

Amongst the available options, it is the lightest SUV weighing just under the 5,000 lbs mark. It gets the shortest wheelbase in the segment of 115 inches, but its ground clearance of 8.7 inches feels ample for its class. Its 5-seat configuration is indicative of its smaller dimensions and the Land Rover emerges as the most compact SUV in the segment, which aids its maneuverability. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel

2021 Cadillac Escalade Diesel 

2021 GMC Yukon Denali Diesel

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country turbo-diesel

Curb Weight 

4940 lb.

5635 lb. 

5827

5,845

Length 

196.9”

211.9”

210

210.7

Width 

78.1”

81.1”

81

N/A

Height 

73.6”

76.7”

76.5

75.9

Ground Clearance 

8.7”

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase 

115.0”

120.9

120.9

120.9

As the external dimensions are concerned the Range Rover is the smallest vehicle in the lineup. As to the rivals, the Cadillac Escalade Diesel is the one that offers the biggest dimensions among its competitors. Yet, it is the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali and 2021 Chevrolet TahoeHigh Country that are heavier options weighing over 5,800 lbs. However, all three corporate siblings share the same wheelbase of 120.9 inches. 

Some of the exterior highlights include the following:

  • 21-inch diamond finished alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Front and rear parking sensor
  • Soft close door
  • Heated outside rearview mirror
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Automatic tailgate opening

2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV Safety

The Land Rover Range Rover Diesel has not been tested by the NHTSA and IIHS even for the previous models as usually happens with top-end luxury vehicles. Although it hasn’t been reviewed by the authorities, based on features it gets and Land Rover’s revered build quality, the Range Rover might be among the top pick for safety-centric buyers. The chassis has been built with the best-in-class material and the vehicle gets several advanced safety features like Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Daytime Running Lights, and Blind Spot Monitor.

Some of the standout safety features of the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Diesel SUV include:

  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Front Tow Hooks
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor (Optional)
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Cross-Traffic Alert 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV Competition

Land Rover Range Rover Diesel vs2021 Cadillac Escalade Diesel 

Priced at $77,890, the Cadillac Escalade Diesel is an impressive SUV in the segment. The Escalade gets a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine which offers considerably better performance outputs when compared to the Range Rover. Coming over to fuel efficiency the Escalade offers inferior EPA figures and even with a larger fuel tank gets far less range as compared to the Range Rover. However, the Escalade offers a better space and seems to be a popular choice for buyers looking for a bigger SUV in the segment.

Land Rover Range Rover Diesel vs 2021 GMC Yukon Denali Diesel

The GMC Yukon Denali is priced extremely lower than the Range Rover Diesel at $75,395 and features a 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine giving out better engine output as compared to the Range Rover. The EPA figure isn’t the Yukon’s strong point. However, with larger brake rotors, we expect the GMC to drag few miles lesser before coming to stop than the Range Rover Diesel. In terms of cabin build and interior quality, both SUVs boast class-leading specifications and are adorned with premium quality materials, so the final choice in this comparison will undoubtedly remain subjective. 

Land Rover Range Rover Diesel VS 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country turbo-diesel

The Chevy Tahoe is priced lowest in the lineup and gets a 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine under its hood. In terms of performance, it has similar engine output specs as the Denali along with better acceleration. Tahoe gets a better braking setup than the Range Rover with 17-inch brake rotors at the rear and front providing better braking performance than the latter.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover diesel SUV Final Verdict

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover gets impressive exterior boasting a boxy look with neat lines on the sides. It gets a heavily appointed cabin and though its infotainment system might not be the best, the SUV remains comfortable and pleasing on the side. As to the performance, it gets a similar capacity engine as compared to the rivals and manages to perform better than competitors considering its lower power and torque outputs. Additionally, its likable fuel efficiency and a slew of standard and optional safety features make it a viable choice in the class.