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2018 Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography SUV

#23
in Midsize SUVs
2018 MODEL

$177,200

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Overview

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography is the special edition SUV from the Land Rover. SV in the name stands for Special Vehicle and the SVAutobiography is indeed one Special Vehicle. It is a great car that can run laps around any of its competitors in terms of performance, comfort, and luxury. Being a Land Rover, the car is capable even off-roads, although it is officially termed as a soft-roader.

The SVAutobiography has two different variants. There is a Short wheelbase (SWB) variant and another Long wheelbase (LWB) variant. The former is only available with a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 under the bonnet, while the latter comes with a choice of three engines, which include a V6 Hybrid diesel, a V8 diesel, and a supercharged V8 petrol engine. The SVAutobiography Dynamic only deals with the short wheelbase variant.

The equipment is surplus for its sub $200,000 price tag, even though the tech not without their flaws. Still, they make even the most highly outfitted Range Rover feel worth. But does the new 2018 version still hold its own against the competition?

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Pros

Great capabilities on all terrains

Plush ride

Agile handling

Powerful engine

Cons

Touchscreen not very responsive

Aging exterior design

What's New?

10-inch infotainment screen with 10.2-inch screen for the rear passengers

All New front and Rear seats


Features

Power

557 hp

516 torq

MPG

14 city

19 hwy

Engine

v8 cyl

5 disp

transmission

Shiftable Automatic

drivetrain

four wheel drive



Styles

 2018 Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography SUV in Narvik Black color  2018 Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography SUV in Corris Gray Metallic color  2018 Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography SUV in Yulong White Metallic color  2018 Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography SUV in Indus Silver Metallic color  2018 Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography SUV in Fuji White color
Narvik Black

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

Engine

8.5

Fuel Economy

4.8

Interior

9.5

Exterior

8.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography SUV SV Autobiography Dynamic

SV Autobiography Dynamic

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$177,200

Configurations
SV Autobiography Dynamic 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A)
Transmission: 8A MPG: (14/16/19)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 6, 2018

7.8

Overall Rating


 

8.5/10
Engine

 

4.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.5/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The SVAutobiography has two different variants. There is a Short wheelbase (SWB) variant and another Long wheelbase (LWB) variant. The former is only available with a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 under the bonnet, while the latter comes with a choice of three engines, which include a V6 Hybrid diesel, a V8 diesel, and a supercharged V8 petrol engine.

Features

Land Rover offers all the luxuries, all the bells, and whistles, in SVAutobiography. It does cost a whopping $177,200 for the base model though, which does feel like a bit much. However, when you look at what SVAutobiography has to offer in the interior and in performance, you’ll definitely consider buying one for yourself.

Trim Land Rover Range Rover (SVAutobiography Dynamic)
MSRP $177,200
Key Features
  • Touch Pro Duo 10" Display
  • Pixel Laser 
  • Terrain Response 2 system 
  • Meridian Sound System™
  • Configurable Ambient Lighting 
  • 21" 5 Split-Spoke ‘Style 5005’ 
  • 24-way heated and cooled
  • 'Hot-Stone' massage front seats 

As stated above, the SVAutobiography trim does not have different trims, thus there is only one trim to choose from, and that is a great trim to own. There are however two variants whose cost is a little upsetting, but that is the price of luxury.

Engine

8.5/10

“Linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, the V8 gets this Range Rover from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. That’s quick for any car, let alone one carrying as much stuff as this one.”- DigitalTrends

Engine and Transmission

The engine of the Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SVAutobiography Dynamic SWB is a 5-liter Supercharged V8 unit. The engine revs freely and the performance comes naturally. Forced induction helps improved breathing, and consequently the power figures. As a result, it churns out a healthy 557 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque.

The transmission is an 8-speed automatic unit with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel and is tweaked to provide smooth instead of fast gear shifts. Land Rover only lends the Range Rover name to the most comfortable cars in its range and driving the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography will certainly invoke the feeling of power and luxury.

Models Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography  Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition
MSRP $177,200 $222,700 $161,600 $195,000
Engine  5.0L Supercharged V-8 6.0L V12 Bi-turbo Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.8 L/293 Twin-Turbocharged 6.0L W12
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 557hp @ 6,000 RPM 621hp @ 5,500 RPM 570hp @ 6,000 RPM 600hp @ 5000 RPM
Torque 561 lb-ft. @ 3,500 RPM 738 lb-ft.@ 2,300 RPM 590 lb-ft. @ 2,500 RPM 664 lb-ft. @ 1,350 RPM

The competition to the Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic consists of Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition. These are powered by 6.0 Liter V12 Bi-turbo, 4.8-liter Twin Turbo V8, and 6.0-liter Twin-Turbo W12 engine respectively. Going by pure numbers, the Land Rover comes dead last in the engine and transmission department.

Acceleration

Courtesy the huge supercharged engine and a slick automatic gearbox, the Land Rover posts great acceleration times, far better than the usual SUV crowd. It takes just 5.1 seconds to go from standstill to 60 mph, and only 13.2 seconds run a quarter mile. Thus, you can enjoy sports car performance in an SUV, which is simply marvelous.

Models Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography  Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition
0-60 MPH 5.1 sec 5.2 sec 3.8 sec N/A
Quarter mile 13.2 sec N/A 12.4 sec N/A
Engine 5.0L 6.0L 4.8L 6.0L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.0 14.7 10.4 11.8

The Mercedes takes nearly the same amount of time as the Land Rover to reach 60 mph, but the quarter-mile time is unavailable. The Cayenne does proud to its Porsche badge, taking merely 3.8 seconds to reach 60 mph. The Bentley Bentayga does not have any official performance figures yet.

Braking and Handling

The adaptive air suspension provides a comfortable ride and absorbs most of the bumps easily. The steering responds well on curves and provides good feedback. Land Rover’s low turning radius adds to its handling making it easy to park and move in tight spaces.

Braking on the SVAutobiography is handled by 15.0-inch disc brakes in the front, and 14.4-inch disc brakes in the rear. The generous curb weight of 5505 pounds means that the Land Rover needs a lot of effort to shed its momentum. The exact distance taken by the car to come to a halt from 60 mph hasn’t been revealed yet.

Model Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography  Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition
Brake Front (in.) 15.0 14.8 16.5 15.8
Brake Rear (in.) 14.4 13.0 15.6 15.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5505 5691 4927 5269
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A N/A 106 N/A

The Porsche is the only car here that manages to break the sub-5000-pound weight category. It also has the biggest brakes of the lot, which translates to the best braking performance in this comparison.

Towing Capacity

With off-road capabilities comes towing responsibilities, and the Land Rover genes shine here. The car can pull an official figure of more than 7 thousand pounds, more than the weight of the car itself.

Model Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography  Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition
Maximum Towing Capacity 7,716 lbs. 7,700 lbs. 7,716 lbs. 7,700 lbs.

All cars here were built on strong chassis and employ powerful engines which means they can manage to haul an impressive amount of weights around. 77 hundred pounds is the standard weight that all of these cars manage without difficulty.

Fuel Economy

4.8/10

In terms of fuel economy, SUVs have an inherent disadvantage over other cars. Their larger dimensions and heavier weights make them considerably less efficient. Even so, the Range Rover manages to post respectable economy figures. It can run for 14 miles within the city or 19 miles out on the highway on a single gallon of fuel.

Model Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition
MPG (city) 14 11 14 12
MPG (highway) 19 13 21 19
MPG (combined) 16 12 17 15

The AMG Mercedes is obviously very less efficient, even less than the Range Rover. The Bentley isn’t too good either, with poorer efficiency within the city. The Porsche cruises ahead by just a little, managing better figures on the highway.

Interior

9.5/10

“It’s the interior that makes the SVAutobiography version stand out thanks primarily to those super comfy 40-degree-reclining airline-style seats now featuring a slightly different design.” – Motor1

Seating and Comfort

Luxury and comfort are the absolute highlights of the Range Rover, and the SWB SVAutobiography upholds the legacy. It can seat 5 passengers, and all the passengers are seated in extreme comfort. Sadly, the dashboard is not dual-tone, which does make the cabin feel a lot more monotonous and bland than the competition.

There is a decent amount of headroom and unparalleled amount of shoulder and legroom in the front. Shoulder room is still great in the back, although the legroom is a little disappointing there.

Model Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography  Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.5/60.7/42.2 42.4/46.3/52.5 39.6/58.9/40.6 40.3/NA/41.7
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.1/59.5/37 40.1/56.3/41.9 39.0/57.0/36.0 38.0/NA/40.9

Mercedes and Bentley know how to offer luxury to their customer, and they use their knowledge to endow the rear seats of the G 65 and the Bentayga with ample space for 2 people only. They know what people want when they look for a car in this segment, and then specifically engineer the car with that in mind. This also means that they are less versatile and accommodating than their fellow peers.

Infotainment System

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic comes fitted with a new 10-inch touch screen infotainment display, which is housed on the dashboard. Apart from that, there are two 10.2-inch screens for the rear passengers too. It also comes loaded with:

  • DAB tuner
  • Sat-Nav
  • Bluetooth
  • USB connectivity
  • 29 speaker Meridian Audio System

Cargo Volume

Every SUV needs to have a generous amount of space in the trunk, otherwise, it isn’t a good SUV. Thankfully, the Range Rover manages to stretch its moderate 24 and a half cubic feet of trunk space into an impressive 68 cubic feet by folding down the rear seats.

Model Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography  Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition
Behind 2nd Row (ft.3) 24.5 38.6 23.7 17.1
Behind 1st Row (ft.3) 68.6 79.5 60.2 62.6

The G 65 has an even more impressive cargo bay, while the Porsche has just a smidge less space in the trunk when compared to the Range Rover. The Bentley has quite a disappointing boot normally, although folding the rear seats frees up quite a lot of space.

Exterior

8.5/10

“The front grille has been altered with chrome inserts, a tweaked rear bumper integrates metal exhaust finishers, and 22-inch wheels are specific to the SVAutobiography, as are the Bright Atlas accents all over the exterior.”- CarandDriver

Dimensions and Weight

The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, even in the Short wheelbase variant, is a huge car. It is barely below 200 inches in length and just above 81 inches in width. The curb weight is just above 55 hundred pounds, which is a lot for any car.

The ground clearance is a generous 8.7 inches, which is good for saving the underbelly from scrapping over rocks but make no mistake; this car does not inspire confidence when handling off-road punishment, although the chassis is much more capable than it feels. You would be better off if you just stick to the tarmac, although experienced drivers could pull a few tricks on this one.

Model

Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography 

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Curb weight (lbs.)

5505

5691

4927

5269

Length(in)

196.8

187.5

191.1

202.4

Width(in)

81.6

76.3

78.7

78.7

Height(in)

73.3

46.3

67

68.6

Ground clearance (in)

8.7

7.7

7.6

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

115.0

112.2

114.0

117.9

Track width (in) F/R

66.6/66.3

59.1/59.1

65.4/65.9

66.5/66.7

The Porsche manages to be the lightest in this comparison, due to clever use of materials and precision engineering. The Mercedes on the other hand, is the heaviest here, tipping the scales at just under 57 hundred pounds. The Bentley is not too heavy, at almost 52 hundred pounds.

Exterior Features

  • All LED Exterior Lights, including LED Fog lamps
  • Quad-pipe exhaust system
  • Graphite finish on the front grill
  • Daytime running lights

 

Safety

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SVAutobiography Dynamic SWB comes loaded with a plethora of safety features. The standard features include the following:

  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Customer Configurable Auto-lock
  • Customer Configurable Single Point Entry
  • Power operated child locks
  • Rear LATCH
  • Front airbags, with passenger seat occupant detector
  • Seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • Perimetric alarm

The car has not been crash tested by the NHTSA and IIHS for safety ratings.

Competition

Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography Vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

With AMG Badge adorning both the front and the rear of the car, the Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 is a great choice for car enthusiasts. The performance is in the sports car league, luxury is no doubt the best, and the brand image exuded by the three-point star is undisputable. There are several reasons to buy this car.

However, the efficiency is low, off-road capabilities are limited, practicality takes a back seat and the cost is too high to justify.

Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography Vs. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

The Cayenne is more of a sports car than an SUV, with blazing performance and mind-blowing handling. The Cayenne can handle a race track with just as much gusto as a rocky trail or a simple highway.

As for the reasons to not buy a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S there is no reason to not buy a Porsche Cayenne. It is a great car with tremendous capability.

Landrover Range Rover SVAutobiography Vs. Bentley Bentayga

Looks don’t do the Bentley justice, as the signature headlamp design, the quad circle lights on the front, just take away from the imposing beast that it should be. That aside, it has all the luxuries that a Bentley usually offers, along with some limited off-road skills.

The biggest fault with the Bentley is the pricing, although if you survive that, the fuel costs will surely burn a hole in your pocket.

Final Verdict

2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic SWB is a great car, one of the best by the British manufacturer. But it still has a long way to go before it catches up with the leaders in the segment. The German manufacturer pose the biggest threat, with superior engineering and brand image, they already command a large portion of the luxury car market.

Apart from them, the Range Rover faces competition from its own peer in Bentley. If you were out looking for a British luxury SUV, the Bentley is clearly the superior one. What Land Rover does, however, is offer a lot of bang for your buck in the SVAutobiography. The equipment alone offered at such a lucrative price point drives home the bargain.

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