Land Rover has a long history, making its debut in 1948. Originally called the Series 1, it came from the British car company Rover and was intended to be similar to the Jeep but more reliable, according to History.com. The luxury Range Rover arrived in 1970, and the more affordable Discovery was added in 1989.
Today Land Rover sells seven different SUVs, but they didn’t get much love from Consumer Reports in their annual reviews. The organization didn’t recommend any of the seven Land Rover SUVs that were tested.
Car brands with the best vehicles, according to Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports sends out an annual survey to collect information about lots of vehicle models. Each vehicle receives an overall score based on predicted reliability, predicted owner satisfaction, safety, and road-test performance. The overall scores of all the models from a brand are averaged to come up with the brand’s overall score.
Mazda, BMW, and Subaru take the top three places. These brands are followed by Porsche and Honda. Only brands with two or more models that have been tested are included on the list, so Fiat, Maserati, and Ram have been excluded this year.
Where Land Rover stands
The last three spots on the list of 32 brands are filled by Mitsubishi, Land Rover, and Alfa Romeo. Land Rover fell one spot to 31 from last year and was hurt mainly by its dreadful reliability score.
The company has an overall score of just 46 out of 100. It has the lowest predicted reliability score, marked red. It has an average rating for owner satisfaction, marked yellow.
Its road-test score is a fair 68, marked light green. It’s also one of seven brands where none of the tested vehicles was recommended by Consumer Reports, meaning none received high scores.
Seven SUVs from the Land Rover brand
Consumer Reports gives a mixed review to the SUVs from Land Rover. The Range Rover provides plenty of luxury, and it has great off-road capabilities, as do the Defender and Discovery.
Others, like the Evoque, have too much of a focus on style, according to Consumer Reports. Some components as well as the powertrains are borrowed from sibling brand Jaguar. That does include the infotainment system, which Consumer Reports finds to be “slow and distracting.”
The SUVs all have low overall scores, ranging from 41 to 49. The overall scores were dragged down by terrible reliability scores. All seven SUVs received just one out of five.
The overall scores do roughly correspond to the road-test scores. The Range Rover, Range Rover Velar, and Range Rover Sport all have overall scores of 49 out of 100. The Range Rover has the best road-test score, of 78 out of 100. It’s followed closely by the Range Rover Velar, with 76, and the Range Rover Sport with 72.
In the middle, with overall scores of 45, are the Discovery and the Defender. The Discovery has a road-test score of 71, and the Defender has a road-test score of 61. Bringing up the rear, with overall scores of 41, are two where Consumer Reports did not love the ride and handling. The Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque both have road-test scores of 58.
The owner satisfaction scores have a wider range. Only the Discovery Sport has a one out of five. However, the Land Rover Discovery and Land Rover Range Rover Velar both have two out of five, while the Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque both have three out of five. The Land Rover Defender and Range Rover Sport have the happiest owners, with scores of four out of five.
These SUVs might not be enough to make Land Rover a highly rated brand, but the brand does offer luxury and off-road capabilities for buyers who aren’t worried about reliability ratings.