CARS.COM — We recently drove 463 miles in a 2017 Land Rover Range Rover diesel, but not through rocky trails or desert mesas. The diesel-powered version of Land Rover’s flagship SUV would have held its own in such straits, as we can attest, but we opted instead to log serious interstate miles to see what fuel economy its drivetrain would return.
That mileage, it turned out, was nearly 30 mpg.
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Land Rover introduced a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 (254 horsepower, 440 pounds-feet of torque) to the U.S. Range Rover and Range Rover Sport for the 2016 model year. With an eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels, both SUVs received an EPA-estimated 22/29/25 mpg (city/highway/combined). The EPA revised this figure downward a year later as part of an industrywide mileage recalculation, leaving the 2017 Range Rover diesel (and its 2016 sibling via recast figures) at 22/28/24 mpg. The new figures are still 26 percent higher than the EPA’s combined mileage (19 mpg) for the 2017 Range Rover’s 3.0-liter supercharged gasoline V-6.