This trusted British off-road brand was first introduced in 1948 as an all-terrain vehicle for the Rover car company. The jeep-like Land Rover was an immediate hit with the public, and even received a Royal Warrant from King George IV in 1951, which is akin to a formal endorsement.
It was Rover’s best-selling vehicle for the next 30 years, and became so popular that it was eventually spun off as its own company. The Range Rover was introduced in 1970, and quickly became an off-road icon for the next 50 years.
In 1994, BMW acquired Land Rover and developed the third generation Range Rover. Ford bought Land Rover in 2000 and eventually merged it with another marquee British brand, Jaguar.
The present iteration of the Range Rover is no longer just a rugged workhorse used for tackling mountain dirt roads and muddy bogs. Special attention is now devoted to comfort and technology, making it one of the most opulent luxury SUVs on the market.
Walnut wood trim, plush carpeting and a miniature bottle refrigerator between the heated and ventilated front seats are just some of the interior trappings. Under the hood, the Range Rover is powered by a 557-hp supercharged V-8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and of course, all-wheel drive.
The Range Rover Sport is a slightly smaller version of the SUV, but offers greater handling agility with similar deluxe interior accoutrements. Both SUVs ride on the same 115-inch wheelbase, and offer plug-in hybrid variants.