Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic 2017

2017 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic 'most powerful ever'

Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic 2017Land Rover has created the most powerful production Range Rover ever for the 2017 model year – by dropping in the 550hp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from the Nürburgring-battering Range Rover Sport SVR.

The new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic adds a sporty new twist at the top of the Range Rover tree, catering those who want something with top potency bragging rights but still with the space, regality and wafting presence of the Range Rover.

Built by the exclusive JLR Special Vehicle Operations division in Oxford Road, Coventry, the new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic gets a finish befitting its name, with 21-inch or 22-inch alloys, Range Rover-first Brembo brakes with red calipers plus graphite grey grille, side vents, detailing and RANGE ROVER lettering.

Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic 2017

There are diamond quilted seats within the moody-colourscheme’d interior, plus red detailing, black veneer and polished, knurled controls.

The 550hp V8 accelerates from 0-60mph (note, not 0-62mph, Euro-fans) in 5.1 seconds and will reach 140mph all-out. And just in case the message doesn’t quite get through, quad chrome exhaust tailpipes feature at the rear.

But heady performance comes with a heady price: the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic costs a hopping £132,800. Deliveries begin this winter.

2017 Range Rover range

Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic 2017

Land Rover has also introduced some 2017 model year changes for the Range Rover line-up. They’re minor upgrades, with no visual changes, but bring the JLR pinnacle model into line with some of its underlings from the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges.

Key feature is the introduction of the fancy new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, complete with full-size 10-inch touchscreen (complete with Dual View). This is better-looking, better quality, more feature-packed and brings features such as live apps so, say, chauffeurs can live-track the incoming flight of their boss.

There’s more tech, such as torque-limiting Low Traction Launch control, a smart Advanced Tow Assist that uses the 360-degree cameras to help you reverse-park a trailer like a pro, plus even more Advanced Driver Assist Systems.

All Range Rovers also now come with standard rear parking sensors, cruise control, speed limiter, lane departure warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

The JLR SVO department has introduced 19 extra colour options for the Range Rover line and those worried about NOx emissions now have an entry-level petrol engine to consider: the 340hp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 does 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds and emits 248/km, equating to around 27mpg.

Again open for order with deliveries starting in Q4 2016, prices for the 2017 Range Rover line-up start from £76,350.

Best used crossovers and SUVs

Best used crossovers and SUVs for £10,000

Best used crossovers and SUVsYou want a crossover or SUV and have £10,000 to spend – what are your options? We’ve selected 10 of our favourites for you to consider, including everything from a much-loved Skoda to a legendary Land Rover.

Best used crossovers and SUVsSkoda Yeti

We make no apology for leading with the Skoda Yeti, because it remains one of our favourite crossovers at any price. It offers a strong blend of economy, driving dynamics and practically and can boast a legion of loyal and satisfied customers. The £10,000 budget should stretch to a good, pre-facelift 2013 Yeti.

Best used crossovers and SUVsNissan Qashqai

The £10,000 budget won’t quite stretch to a second generation Nissan Qashqai, but you shouldn’t rule out the original. Introduced back in 2007, the Qashqai spawned a string of imitators, but it remains Britain’s most popular crossover. There are plenty out there, so you can afford to be choosy. Opt for the diesel engines for the ultimate blend of punch and economy.

Best used crossovers and SUVsSuzuki SX4 S-Cross

Suzuki’s Qashqai rival has been eclipsed by the newer and superior Vitara, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. The SX4 S-Cross is based on the Swift supermini, meaning it’s pretty good to drive. What’s more, we’ve seen 2014 and even 2015 models available within the £10,000 budget.

Best used crossovers and SUVsKia Sportage

The previous generation Kia Sportage is one of the slowest depreciating cars in the UK, largely thanks to its blend of kit, space and seven-year warranty. For our budget, grab yourself a low mileage and well-equipped 2010 or 2011 car and enjoy what’s left of Kia’s acclaimed warranty.

Best used crossovers and SUVsHonda CR-V

The Honda CR-V offers a large boot and a 40:20:40-split rear seat, so if practicality is your thing, this could be the car for you. The 2.2-litre diesel engine manages to combine performance and economy, while the CR-V offers the dynamics that might seem alien to drivers of other SUVs. Also, it’s a Honda, so reliability should be guaranteed.

Best used crossovers and SUVsFord Kuga

The Ford Kuga is based on the Focus, so if good handling tops your list of priorities, this could be the crossover for you. Though the load capacity is smaller than the Focus, the split-tailgate should be useful. The revised Kuga, introduced in 2012, provides an extra 82 litres of boot space.

Best used crossovers and SUVsCitroen C4 Cactus

One-year-old cars are just creeping below the £10,000 mark, so while you might not have the pick of the Cactus crop, you will have one of the freshest faces in the crossover sector. The 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel engine offers super-frugal running costs and the best compromise if you intend to cover long distances.

Best used crossovers and SUVsSubaru Forester

For years, the Subaru Forester has been the default choice for those looking to combine on-road dynamics and off-road ability. Ignore those who tell you the interior is a tad dated, because these things are built to last and owners swear by them.

Best used crossovers and SUVsVolkswagen Touareg

Sitting somewhere between the likes of the BMW X5 and more mainstream rivals, the Volkswagen Touareg is a full-fat SUV. It was developed alongside the Porsche Cayenne and offers a feeling of quality and refinement. As good off the road as it is on it.

Best used crossovers and SUVs

Nissan Juke

The Juke followed in the footsteps of the Nissan Qashqai to become one of Britain’s favourite crossovers. Though it has been eclipsed by more modern rivals, it remains as popular as ever, largely thanks to its exterior styling, unique interior and excellent value for money.