2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography SUV

MSRP $183,000

Ranked #14 in Fullsize Suv

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

Updated on: October 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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SVO is the special vehicle department of Jaguar-Land Rover and when they got their hands on the Range Rover Autobiography for the first time in 2016, they made sure that it looks extraordinary once they are done with rebuilding it. Although the 2016 Range Rover SV Autobiography was launched as an LWB only variant, the standard wheelbase variant joined the family in the next model years. Five years down the line though, not much has changed with the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography apart from some minor features and cosmetic tweaks. Prices for the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography start at $179,500 and a new “Dynamic Black Edition” debuts for 2021 with some extended “black” decoration. 

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Pros

Regal on-road presence

Luxurious interior

Terrific engine

Cons

Floaty driving

Fewer practicality spaces

Very expensive

What's New?

New Dynamic Black Edition debuts


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$183000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

engine type

horsepower

281 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

311 lb-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

15/14.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

115 in.

length

196.9 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

73.3 in.

curb weight

5505 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/19 mpg

highway range

518.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Dynamic Black Edition$183,000 onwards

Dynamic Black$183,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV 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.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Essentially the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography is the most luxurious Land Rover model that money can buy. And, that makes it a very crucial offering because the Range Rover in itself is a pretty luxurious car. So how do you make an already good car, even better? Adding more power and features while removing the unnecessary ones seems to be the obvious answer. Apart from its heap of standard luxury features, the Range Rover SV Autobiography intrigues further with its extensive pool of available customizations. Its almost perfect amalgamation of extravagant luxury and off-road skills barely need any introduction. However, with the intensifying competition and freshly updated products like the BMW Alpina XB7, Bentley Bentayga V8, and Mercedes-Maybach GLS, the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography does face some good heat in its segment. 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography SUV Features

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography highlights the optimal blend of power, performance, and luxury in a Range Rover. No wonder, it sits right at the top of its family tree and is a unique trim in itself and is considered as a standalone trim. Powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the fully loaded 2021 Range Rover SV Autobiography starts at $179,500 for the standard-wheelbase model while the LWB kicks in at $211,000. 

For its hefty asking price though, the SV Autobiography gets you 21" polished aluminum wheels, Semi-Aniline Leather Seat trim, Meridian 29-speaker sound system, Sliding panoramic roof, Power closing rear doors, and a lot more. The optional list is even longer and ticking all of them will make the price go sky high. Other than this, the 2021 model year gets a new special “Dynamic Black Edition '' that adds darker pieces of trims to the exterior and interior and also adds gloss black-painted 22-inch alloy wheels which make the car look sinister.

Model

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography

MSRP

$179,500

Key Features

5.0-Liter Supercharged V8 Engine

 

21" polished aluminum wheels

 

Park assist

 

Semi-Aniline leather Seat trim

 

Front and rear Fog lights

 

Meridian 29-speaker sound system

 

Power closing rear doors

 

Sliding panoramic roof

Which Trim should you buy?

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography is available in just one single trim. At an asking price of $179,500, this ultra-luxury SUV comes fully loaded with every luxury appointment you could wish for in this price and class. You can also pick from a long list of available options according to your taste and preference. However, the optional fitments would skyrocket the asking price in no time. 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography SUV Engine and Performance

Under the hood of the 2021 Range Rover SV Autobiography is the legendary 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as the people at Land Rover say that they don’t want a pair of tiny little turbos and they want to do the things the old-school way. This engine is a proper beast and develops 557 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque which is quite enough to propel this 5,500 lbs SUV to the moon. The V-8 delivers shockingly quick acceleration, and even the most committed environmentalists will have to admit that it sounds glorious. With abundant torque reserve and instantaneous power delivery, the Range Rover SV Autobiography leaps from 0-60 MPH in just 5.0 seconds. For a full-size luxury SUV, that sprinting figure is really impressive. 

The motor is paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and a proper two-speed transfer case and plenty of off-road goodies that give this luxurious ride serious capability unlikely to be explored by most owners. The capabilities of this drivetrain are far superior to what most owners will subject their vehicles to and that is what makes the Range Rover so unique. They are not only supremely luxurious but also the most capable car that can take you anywhere, literally to places where any other luxury SUV can never even dream about.

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

MSRP

$179,500

$141,300

$183,425

$160,500

Engine 

5.0-liter Supercharged V8

4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8

4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8

4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

557 @ 6000

612 @ 5500

542 @ 6000

550 @ 6000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

516 @ 3500

590 @ 2000

568 @1960

538 @ 2500

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.0

4.0 

NA

4.8

Quarter mile (sec)

NA

12.1 

12.1

12.5

Top Speed (MPH)

155

180 

180

NA

Among the competition here, the BMW Alpina XB7 with its massive 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged motor is pretty much the most powerful and fastest car here, making everyone else run for their money. Surprisingly, it also happens to be the cheapest car here which makes it look like a bargain in front of everything else in its league. On the other side, the most expensive car in this bunch happens to be the least powerful one, which is the Bentley Bentayga.

How well does the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography handle?

For an SUV, the 2021 Range Rover SV Autobiography actually handles pretty well. The SV means this is the sportier version of the OG Range Rover. This means it has stiffer springs and dampers which give it a planted foot over corners. However, that doesn’t mean that the ride is jarred or something. It still has that supple and floaty ride that you can expect from a Range Rover. 

The SV Autobiography models do a surprisingly good job of controlling body roll, but the fore-aft pitch is a problem across the lineup. It drives well enough if not pressed, but compared for over-the-road agility against high-performance SUVs such as the BMW X5M and the Mercedes-AMG GLS63, the Land Rover is downright sloppy. But considering those Germans are not the direct competitor cars for the Range Rover SV, we are letting that case go. The steering offers good feedback and precision and at all times, the Range Rover SV Autobiography seems planted and composed. 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Braking Performance

Being a pretty heavy and fast car means that the Range Rover SV Autobiography needs to be equipped with some serious braking hardware to make sure all that mass comes to a halt in a rather safe and predictable manner. For that purpose, the car comes shod with a 15-inch rotor for the front wheels, and 14.4-inch discs handling the braking duties at the back. These are quite massive brakes and do their job pretty well. The brake pedal feels firm and responsive and tames the SV’s vigorous momentum, effortlessly. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.0

15.5

15.8

NA

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.4

15.7

15

NA

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,545

5,860

5,324

NA

60-0 MPH (feet)

NA

NA

NA

NA

Talking about the brakes, the BMW has the biggest size braking discs than any of the other cars here as it is also the most powerful and heaviest car here so it is quite expected for it to have the biggest braking hardware. Surprisingly though the lesser power and quite a lot lighter Bentayga has a better braking system onboard than the heavier and more powerful Range Rover SV Autobiography and it is quite a hard fact to digest. 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography SUV Fuel Economy

Big forced-induction V8s are not really expected to be very fuel-efficient. The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography manages to do 14 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highways, and nearly 16 mpg on the combined cycle which is not quite a lot impressive. What is impressive though is the Range Rover’s impressive 27.5-gallon fuel tank onboard which gives it an exceptional driving range which means lesser fuel stops and lesser time wasted on refueling.

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

MPG (City)

14

14

15

15

MPG (Highway)

19

20

24

19

MPG (Combined)

16

16

18

16

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

27.5

21.9 

22.5

23.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

385/523/440

306/438/350

338/540/405

357/452/381

The Range Rover is the SUV with the longest driving range while being the one with the least efficient SUV in the bunch here. On the other hand, the most expensive Bentayga happens to be quite a lot more fuel-efficient than all the other SUVs. With a comparatively smaller fuel tank though, the driving range of the Bentley is reasonably lesser than the Range Rover.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography SUV Interior

The 2021 Range Rover SV Autobiography is amongst the most luxurious SUVs that money can buy. So it is pretty safe to say that the experience of being inside the cabin of a Range Rover is pretty surreal. Fine leather drapes almost the entire cabin and even the headliner is wrapped in leather and that makes you understand where all the money you’ve put into it has gone. It is a very special occasion being inside the Range Rover SV Autobiography. That's to say nothing of the metal armrest-adjustment knobs, satin-brushed metal cup holders, and bottle cooler that come in top-of-the-line SV Autobiography models. Even the tray table comes wrapped in pure leather. 

The firm, chair-like front seats with quilted leather upholstery alongside cooling and massaging function, is the place to be in. However, most of the prospective buyers would mostly be seated at the rear where you get captain chairs which are as comfortable and adjustable as the front chairs. The leather cushioning feels soft and plush and the seats are very nicely padded with great bolstering for optimal comfort. The interior ambiance profoundly speaks of its serenity with a clean layout highlighted by two digital screens on the dash. Also, you can choose from a range of available interior leather colors at some extra cost. The unique wooden, aluminum, and carbon-fiber trims are further icing on the SV’s elite cake.

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

Seating Capacity

5

6

5

4

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

39.5/60.9/39.1

41.9 /60.8/39.8

38/NA/41.7

42.5/59.3/40.3

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

39.4/59/39.3

39.9/58.17/37.6

38/NA/40.9

40.2/56.1/43.4

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

NA

36.6/47.9/33.3

NA

NA

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

34.5

12.8

46.3

18.4

Talking about the numbers, it's the GLS which has the most spacious front row seats while they are least spacious in the Bentayga. Second-row space is again the most in the Maybach as they have traded boot space for interior space. And that means that the GLS is the one with the smallest boot in this competition and that too by a huge margin. 

The XB7 is the only one here with proper third-row seats which gives it an inherent advantage over the others. The Range Rover on the other hand is not great either in terms of passenger room but offers ample space for taller occupants to stretch out on longer journeys. Even though it's 34. Cu-ft of cargo capacity is shorter only to the Bentayga 46,3 cu-ft of cargo storage. Key interior features in the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography are:

  • Carpeted Mats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • First and Second Row Smoker pack
  • Four-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Front center console cooler compartment
  • Leather headliner
  • Heated, cooled, massage Front and Rear Seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

What has been really common in Land Rover’s these days is their infotainment system consisting of two 10-inch high-definition screens stacked one over the other. This is named the InControl Touch Pro Duo in Land Rover’s terminology and this is quite a fancy system, to say the least. Its glossy main screen tilts out from the dashboard when the Range Rover is started up and looks quite great. 

The secondary screen, mounted lower on the dashboard, provides access to vehicle settings, climate controls, and driving modes. This system can feel a bit over-complicated to some who are used to conventional buttons and dials on the older Range Rovers. However, for tech nerds, it is a pretty amazing experience and we especially loved the graphics and fonts of the user interface. In terms of tech and other gizmos, you get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Navigation Pro, dual rear-seat entertainment screens, 1700 Watts Meridian premium audio, and a lot more. Some of the key infotainment features are listed below for reference: 

  • Head-Up Display
  • Dual 10-inch High-Definition infotainment screens
  • 1700W Meridian Signature Sound System
  • Dual Rear Seat 10-Inch HD touchscreen displays
  • WhiteFire digital wireless headphones
  • HDMI and Mobile HD Link (MHL)
  • Navigation Pro
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography SUV Exterior

The 2021 Range Rover SV Autobiography looks exactly like its predecessor with no physical or design changes. There is not a lot that has been changed to the outside other than two new paint schemes which are available with two new special editions; Tuscan Blue and Santorini Black Metallic paint. The all-new Dynamic Black package does enhance the overall look of the car by leaps and bounds and makes the car look a lot more sporty and less flashy. 

Somehow we really loved the execution of the all-black theme and it looked to us a lot better than the normal SV Autobiography. The dimensions of the Range Rover SV Autobiography are also quite huge and it is quite simply impossible to not notice the car when on the road. Rest, the signature Land Rover grille, sleek LED headlamps, chrome window-line, and that unique A-shaped portion behind the C-pillar still remain a distinct design cue of the Range Rover. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,545

5,860

5,324

NA

Length (inches)

196.9

203.3

201.8

204.9

Width (inches)

78.1

78.7

78.7

79.9

Height (inches)

73.3

70.7

68

72.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.3

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

112.5

122.2

117.9

110.5

Numbers-wise the regular short-wheelbase Range Rover SV Autobiography might not be the biggest car among the group but it certainly is a big car. Here in this competition, the Mercedes Maybach GLS 600 is the biggest car with a surprisingly smaller wheelbase than the Range Rover which shows how efficient the Land Rover is at space management. Talking design, each of these SUVs has an equally imposing yet elegant road presence and it all comes down to personal taste and preference. Key exterior features in the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography are:

  • 21" alloy wheels
  • Optional 22" alloy wheels
  • Heated and powered side mirrors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Automatic LED headlights with LED DRLs
  • LED taillights
  • Power tailgate
  • Black contrast roof

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography SUV Safety

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography is quite an expensive car for any of the crash test agencies to test. But in terms of safety, the car comes equipped with all the modern-day driver assistance features that one can expect at this price point. The car comes equipped with Emergency brake assist, cornering brake control, roll stability control, a 360-degree camera, forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a lot of other stuff to keep you and your family safe. Key safety features in the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography are:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Cornering Brake Control
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • 360-degree camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Hands-free park assist
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Road sign recognition
  • Adaptive cruise control

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography SUV Competition

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography vs 2021 BMW Alpina XB7

The Alpina XB7 is more powerful, more practical as it comes with six seats, is cheaper, and is also a bigger car altogether than the Range Rover SV Autobiography. And that itself is quite enough to make the case strong for the BMW. BMW is a much better car than the Range Rover as a whole but there are a lot of things that the Range Rover does better.

 For starters, the Range Rover is literally the epitome of luxury and on that front, the BMW can’t come even close to it. Secondly, the off-road capabilities of Range Rover are simply the best and your big BMW can never follow the Range Rover in a jungle or where the built-up area ends. The SV Autobiography is also a lot more exclusive and special than the regular Range Rover.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography vs 2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

Well in terms of luxury, there is simply no car that can beat the Maybach as Maybach-built cars are just on another level. So we won’t argue over here as the Mercedes Maybach GLS 600 is undeniably the better SUV here in terms of being luxurious and for us, we think that is what these big luxury SUVs are all about. While the Range Rover is any day a better SUV for offroading but we highly doubt that the owners will ever take their luxury SUV for serious off-roading trips and in that sense, the Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS 600 makes for a better value for money proposition.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography vs 2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

The Bentley Bentayga is another car that is more luxurious than the Range Rover Autobiography but this one also happens to be the only one that is more expensive than the Range Rover. Just like the Maybach, Bentley is also synonymous with luxury but being a much more expensive SUV makes it lose those crucial value for money points. And we think that here in this case the Range Rover is a better option.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography SUV Final Verdict

Well, it is very hard to answer in this case. The new Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography is undeniably a very good SUV and it is very capable as well. But the thing is, it tries hard to be the jack of all trades. There are other cars as well which happen to be more luxurious than the SV Autobiography, there are cars that are faster too and then there are cars that are more capable offroaders as well. So while the Range Rover is the jack of all trades, it certainly is master of none. As a British or Land-Rover loyalist, you can drop one in your garage, but if you are looking at better value for the price you pay, there are better options than the Range Rover SV Autobiography worth considering.