How to choose the perfect Land Rover or Range Rover

Posted 11th May 2019

Dick Lovett Land Rover Sales

When it comes to motoring brands with prestige and a world-class reputation, few can match Land Rover and Range Rover. For sheer visual appeal, versatility, legendary off-roading performance and luxury, a Range Rover is difficult to beat. It’s easy to understand why Land Rover and Range Rover cars have become such a hugely popular choice for UK drivers.

Whether you’re looking for a vehicle that can handle challenging off-road terrain as easily as smooth motorways, an upscale SUV perfect for family friendly motoring, or simply fancy driving a statement model, congratulations: your perfect Land Rover or Range Rover is waiting for you.

From the robust Land Rover Discovery to the much-coveted Range Rover Evoque, there are plenty of excellent choices in the model range. If you’re in the research stage before making a decision to buy a new or used Land Rover or Range Rover, we’ve put together this useful guide to the different models available.

Of course, if you need more advice, Dick Lovett Land Rover in Melksham can help to answer any questions you might have. As an official Land Rover dealership, we have a large range of both new and approved used Land Rovers and Range Rovers in stock.

If you’re buying new, be sure to ask us about our new Land Rover and new Range Rover finance deals.

1: Range Rover

Range Rover

Combine excellent capability with exceptional exterior design and deluxe interior styling, and the result is the new Range Rover. Fitted with a suite of innovative engineering technologies and driver safety functions, the new Range Rover provides an impeccable driving experience. With a versatile interior layout offering four or five seats, it’s an extremely well-appointed vehicle worthy of its glowing reputation.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Range Rover, this is it.

Range Rover models and features

The new Range Rover is available in both standard wheelbase (SWB) and long wheelbase (LWB) forms, and in special edition trims, including:

  • Range Rover Vogue
  • Range Rover Vogue SE
  • Range Rover Autobiography
  • Range Rover Westminster
  • Range Rover Westminster Black
  • Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic
  • Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic Black
  • Range Rover SVAutobiography - Long Wheelbase

As well as petrol and diesel engines, selected models are available on the Range Rover PHEV P400e hybrid engine, providing efficient, economical driving with sporty power.

With features including pixel-laser LED headlights, optional head-up display putting vehicle data such as speed and directions on your windscreen, Touch Pro Duo infotainment system and four-zone climate control, the new Range Rover is laden with numerous functions to make your drive more enjoyable and comfortable.

Range Rover Performance

Choose from a selection of petrol and diesel engines, including Diesel Mild Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid. With the Terrain Response 2 system’s Dynamic mode enabling refined management of numerous road conditions, and off-road performance delivered by All Wheel Drive (AWD), the new Range Rover can easily handle any journey. Cruise control with speed limiter, Lane Departure Warning and Emergency Braking are among the standard driving aids.

Range Rover Practicality

Configure your interior seating plan however you need with the new Range Rover’s versatile and flexible layout. If you’re travelling light, stretch out in plenty of space with five seats, but if you need more room for luggage or bulky items – golf clubs, for example – fold the rear seating down. With all three rear seats folded down, you can unlock a whopping 2,190 litres of storage space.

Heated and cooled seats – in the front and rear – soft door close, a front centre console refrigerator compartment and intelligent voice recognition are among the other clever practical features.

Read more about the new Range Rover, and contact us to discuss finance options and arrange a test drive.

2: Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport

Showcasing an athletic design theme and a dynamic performance, the Range Rover Sport is a superb option for those keen on an edgy look and thrilling drive. Agile and responsive, the new Range Rover Sport certainly makes an impact. Striking exterior features such as the front grille, Matrix LED lights and bold bumpers mark it out as contemporary cool, though it’s what lies beneath the bonnet that makes the Range Rover Sport such an appealing choice.

Range Rover Sport models and features

The new Range Rover Sport is also available in other model variants and special editions, including:

  • Range Rover Sport HSE Silver
  • Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic Black
  • Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition

Available engines include 4 and 6-cylinder versions as well as the all-powerful 5-litre V8 Supercharged petrol engine. There’s also a Range Rover Sport PHEV. This Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle version is no slouch, powering the Range Rover Sport to a top speed of 137mph and from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds.

Exclusive features include All Terrain Progress Control, allowing you to set a specific speed when travelling on tough driving conditions, such as ice, mud and wet grass. The programme means the car will maintain the set speed, so you can just focus on steering. Another unique feature is Automatic Access Height, which lowers the car via electronic air suspension to make it easier to get in and out of the car.

Range Rover Sport performance

With on-road performance described by Land Rover as ‘breathtaking’, the Range Rover Sport is an absolute delight to drive. With superior grip and steering, the Sport is arguably Range Rover’s most dynamic drive; its Adaptive Dynamics technology monitors vehicle movements up to 500 times a second and responds to driver actions and road conditions to achieve a smooth drive. 

Configurable Dynamics enables you to set the car to drive the way you want it, while the SportShift Selector gear lever offers the choice of manual gear change or steering wheel-located gearshift paddles. Output with the 5.0 litre V8 Supercharged petrol engine is 525hp.

Range Rover Sport practicality

From stowage to seating, the Range Rover Sport is packed with clever practical solutions to everyday situations. Seating for seven? No problem. With its smart 5 + 2 layout, you can convert two additional seats from beneath the luggage compartment. With a number of stowage options, including a deep centre console, you can keep the interior mess-free. There’s even an optional fridge compartment; perfect for keeping drinks cold on a long drive.

A range of safety features, including driver aids and emergency brake assist, provide practical support for the driver and passengers.

Take a look at our latest deals for the new Range Rover Sport here.

3: Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque 2Sleek, refined and compact, the Range Rover Evoque makes a real statement, whether that’s for urban, city driving or country motoring. With its distinctive, almost coupé-style exterior design and body shape, the Evoque has become one of the most recognisable – and admired – members of the Range Rover family. In keeping with its modern ethos and forward-thinking influence, the Range Rover Evoque is now also available as a plug-in hybrid, providing excellent fuel economy and emission-free driving.

Range Rover Evoque models and features

As well as the classic Range Rover Evoque, other trims and variants are available, so you can build your perfect model. Options include:

  • Range Rover Evoque S
  • Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic
  • Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic S
  • Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic SE
  • Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE
  • Range Rover Evoque Autobiography
  • Range Rover Evoque HST

Specification across the range is impressive. As an example, the range-topping Range Rover Evoque Autobiography features perforated leather seats and heated steering wheel, 21-inch gloss light silver alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights, fixed panoramic roof, keyless entry and a host of driver assistance and safety systems.

The interior has a premium finish feel to it, while in-car technology from the Pivi system provides a 10-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay and more. You can choose to upgrade to Pivi Pro, for access to more features, too.

Range Rover Evoque performance

With the new Range Rover Evoque, there’s a genuine first – vehicles are fitted with a mild hybrid (MHEV) system, which absorbs energy when the car slows down. It then collects that energy and stores it, ready for when the car accelerates. This improves efficiency and reduces vehicle emissions.

Depending on your driving lifestyle and preference, there are a range of engines available for the new Range Rover Evoque – including petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid (P300e) which delivers an output of 309hp. Adaptive Dynamics and Configurable Dynamics are optional features that can improve handling response and enable individual driver settings.

The Range Rover Evoque HST, fitted with the P300 engine, is a high performance automatic version with a top speed of 150mph. All Wheel Drive means that the Range Rover Evoque is also equally as comfortable on off-road surfaces.

Range Rover Evoque practicality

The Range Rover Evoque’s aim is to make your drive safer and easier. From versatile seating to driver safety functions, the experience should be a worry-free one. Take advantage of the flexible seating set-up to create the perfect layout for any trip; fill all of the five seats to house all passengers, or just use the front two and convert the rear ones to unlock a huge 1,383 litres of storage space.

The Clearsight Interior Rear View Mirror provides an expansive picture of the road behind you, using a wide-angle camera fitted to the roof of the car, while there are several assistance tools to aid driving and enhance safety. These include emergency braking, lane keep assist and front and rear parking aid functions. You can also personalise your Range Rover Evoque by adding interior and exterior accessories.

Ask Dick Lovett Land Rover Melksham about new Range Rover Evoque deals.

4: Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar

Elegant and simple, the new Range Rover Velar is an inspired choice for those who want a mid-sized SUV with a touch of class. This is an attractive car, with clean design lines, distinctive front grille and striking alloys, as well as some beautiful hidden flourishes – flush door handles that retract when not in use, therefore resulting in a flawless door panel, is just one example. The new Range Rover Velar is now also available as a plug-in hybrid, too.

Range Rover Velar models and features

Explore the full Range Rover Velar range to find your ideal model. Different trims, variations and limited editions make up the Velar collection, including:

  • Range Rover Velar S
  • Range Rover Velar SE
  • Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic S
  • Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE
  • Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE
  • Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic S
  • Range Rover Velar Edition

Specifications vary across the range, but even with the entry-level Range Rover Velar the standard level is impressively high. It includes 8-way manual heated front seats, leather steering wheel, 19-inch alloys, LED headlights, an extensive infotainment system and driver assistance functions.

Range Rover Velar performance

You definitely won’t be disappointed when you’re behind the wheel of the Range Rover Velar. All petrol and diesel engines feature mild hybrid technology to increase efficiency, while the P400e PHEV provides the option of pure electric power. In the Velar SE, that engine has a maximum output of 404hp, and hits 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds. Max speed is 130mph.

Driver performance and experience is enhanced by the inclusion of Range Rover’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamic tech. This monitors driving conditions constantly and manages torque accordingly, adjusting to terrain. Gear changing is smooth and seamless, with eight-speed automatic transmission available.

The Driver Assist Pack adds more systems to aid performance, including Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Collision Monitor.

Range Rover Velar practicality

With the Range Rover Velar, practical driving support is provided through All Wheel Drive, Terrain Response and All Terrain Progress Control. The latter is a system that allows drivers to programme a set speed for the car to maintain when negotiating tricky conditions in mud, wet grass, snow and so on. Innovative technology can help make parking easier, reducing the risk of collisions – and as the Range Rover Velar has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, it’s one of the safest vehicles around.

Rear seats can be folded down when not in use to increase storage for larger items, but if you need more support, consider some of the available accessories for the Range Rover Velar, including mounted bike carriers, roof box and luggage carrier.

In-car technology includes full-screen 3D navigation, displayed on a high-resolution display.

Contact us to learn more about the new Range Rover Velar.

5: Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender

Built for adventures, the new Land Rover Defender can face down any driving challenge. It loves the environments that many other vehicles are unsuitable for – powering through water, up steep inclines and mountainous terrain, cruising through snowy and treacherous conditions. Strong and durable, the Land Rover Defender is the car for you if you live an all-action lifestyle or want to embrace the wilderness. At the same time, it bears many of the classic design elements you’d expect from this famous brand.

Land Rover Defender models and features

The new Land Rover Defender is available in a number of shapes, designs and body styles, including Land Rover Defender 90, Defender 90 Hard Top, Defender 110 and Defender 110 Hard Top.

Within these, there are several different models, including:

  • Land Rover Defender X
  • Land Rover Defender X-Dynamic S
  • Land Rover Defender X-Dynamic SE
  • Land Rover Defender X-Dynamic HSE

​For 2022, there are also three new additions to the Land Rover Defender range:

  • Defender XS Edition
  • Defender V8
  • Defender V8 Carpathian Edition

You can choose to add a number of optional packs to your Land Rover Defender, depending on your driving needs and the conditions you’ll be travelling in. Explorer Pack, Adventure Pack, Country Pack and Urban Pack are all available.

Innovative in-car technology ensures connectivity and visibility, even in the toughest of terrains, while the Land Rover Defender also has an advanced infotainment system in the form of the PiviPro with its 12.3 inch interactive driver display.

Land Rover Defender performance

As you’d expect, the priority with the Land Rover Defender is rugged performance and endurance, and in terms of durability and capability, it excels. It’s built to thrive in the toughest of driving conditions. Fitted with 815mm tyres specifically crafted to absorb shock and protect the chassis, the Defender copes with sand, ice and all manner of rutted terrain. All Wheel Drive boosts performance.

Don’t dismiss the Land Rover Defender as slow and steady, though. Models with the V8 engine power 525hp with a torque of 625Nm, and can go from 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds. Top speed capability is 149mph.

There’s also a Land Rover Defender Plug-in Hybrid, which delivers the same off-road capabilities as petrol and diesel versions.

Land Rover Defender practicality

From easy-to-clean rubber flooring to a roof carrying load of up to 168kg, the Land Rover Defender is packed with practical functions to enhance any driving mission. It has a towing capacity of up to 300kg, and the Wade Programme enables the Defender to surge through water up to 900mm.

Selected models have driver assistance functions including Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter, Lane Keep Assist and a 3D Surround Camera that features ClearSight technology. This provides visibility of the surrounding exterior and can even view the terrain beneath the car and around wheels for any potential hazards.

Find out more about the new Land Rover Defender at Dick Lovett Land Rover here.

6: Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery

If you prioritise versatility and need a larger vehicle while still dreaming of owning a Land Rover, the solution is here. The Land Rover Discovery is a seven-seater SUV with three rows of seating, making it the ultimate family-friendly luxury vehicle. A series of design enhancements and updates, including new alloy wheels and a new lower stance, have given the Discovery a premium exterior makeover. This is a sophisticated and well respected member of the Land Rover family.

Land Rover Discovery models and features

The new Land Rover Discovery is available in several different variants and styles, including two commercial vehicles with large load spaces to manage the demands of business. In addition to the Land Rover Discovery, the range comprises:

  • Land Rover Discovery S
  • Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic S
  • Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic SE
  • Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic HSE
  • Land Rover Discovery Commercial SE
  • Land Rover Discovery Commercial HSE

​All models have a wealth of impressive interior features, including zoned climate control, 11.4 inch touchscreen infotainment system, heated electric front seats and a number of safety and security functions.

Land Rover Discovery performance

The performance of the Land Rover Discovery is underpinned by its four-wheel drive. All new discovery models come in 4WD and have an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The D250, D300 and P360 engines have mild hybrid technology, which produce a cleaner and more efficient performance by harvesting energy saved while braking and redeploying it when accelerating.

The top of the range marque, the Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic HSE, has a power output of 300hp, a maximum speed of 130mph and a 0-60mph range of 6.5 seconds. Performance is enhanced further by the driver assistance functions available, such as Adaptive Dynamics and Terrain Response, which helps to maintain the quality of your drive in all conditions and challenging surfaces.

Land Rover Discovery practicality

As you might expect with a Land Rover designed for the whole family to travel in, practicality is all-important. The Discovery certainly delivers, with seat configuration options – operated by the touch of a button – and multiple USB charging points, to keep everyone happy and powered-up while out on the road.

Other features simply make everyday tasks that little bit easier. The powered gesture tailgate means you can open and close the tailgate when you have your hands full – holding shopping, or suitcases – which is a smart function. Keyless entry helps with access, too.

With up to five ISOFIX points and eight driver and passenger airbags, this is clearly a car that takes the safety of you and your family seriously.

Talk to the team at Dick Lovett Land Rover in Melksham about deals on the new Discovery.

7: Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is a triumph of advanced technology, supreme on and off road performance, and a clever interior design concept that combines a premium finish with a creative use of space. Versatile and compact, the Discovery Sport has the option of being configured for seven seats if extra passenger capacity is needed, with a sliding second row that can be folded away when not in use, providing extra comfort. Dynamic design, intelligent driving systems and impressive in-car tech are headline features.

Land Rover Discovery Sport models and features

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in four different models and variants. The range opens with the classic Discovery Sport, with a starting price of £32,430, and then incorporates these other trims:

  • Discovery Sport R-Dynamic
  • Discovery Sport Urban Edition
  • Discovery Sport Black

The top-of-the-range Discovery Sport Black includes some exterior features that don’t come as standard on other versions, most notably red brake calipers, clear glass, a contrast roof styled in black, and keyless entry system.

Land Rover Discovery Sport performance

The Land Rover Discovery Sport makes light work of challenging terrain, conquering tough surfaces such as wet grass and snow. It’s available in a choice of petrol and diesel engines, and there’s also a Plug-In Hybrid option, too. The P300e PHEV has a max speed of 130mph, and accelerates from 0-60mph in just 6.2 seconds. In pure electric mode, it has a range of up to 34 miles.

The Discovery Sport drive experience is enhanced by a series of assistance features, not least Cruise Control, which enables you to set and maintain a constant speed – particularly useful for motorway driving. Speed Limiter ensures the car won’t go over a designated speed. Another helpful function is the Driver Condition Monitor, which flags up any sense of the driver getting tired and in need of a break.

Land Rover Discovery Sport practicality

Besides the flexibility of the seating layout – especially when the optional 5+2 plan is used – the Land Rover Discovery Sport has a number of practical motoring functions to make on-the-road life as smooth as possible. The Pivi tech system (Pivi Pro is available as an upgrade) makes navigation, finding a car parking space, and connecting with multiple entertainment sources blissfully simple.

The ClearSight interior rear view mirror provides a wide, unobstructed picture of what’s behind you, clearing the heads of any passengers, while 12-way heated front seats help to make any journey warm and comfortable.

Find out more about the new Land Rover Discovery Sport range, including finance deals and offers, at Dick Lovett Land Rover Melksham.

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