Many times you hear people use the terms, Land Rover and Range Rover, interchangeably. Are these two vehicles the same thing or is there a noticeable difference between the two? The Land Rover used to be a rugged off-road vehicle, but it is now considered to be a luxury SUV. The Range Rover is simply just a model of the Land Rover.
History of the Land Rover
The Land Rover began as simply the Rover Company. It produced mid to high-end vehicles. The Land Rover was developed as a way for the small company to generate some short term revenue while producing pricier, high-end automobiles.
The popularity of the Land Rover skyrocketed so the Rover Company kept producing the vehicle. The Land Rover comes in several different models including the Defender, Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque.
After gaining in popularity as an inexpensive work vehicle, the Land Rover has evolved into a luxury SUV. The Land Rover is considered to be the most rugged SUV while still keeping a luxury feel.
The Range Rover
The Range Rover model was released in 1970 as being city friendly. It was larger and perfect for families. It was an instant success and has continued to grow in popularity. The original Range Rovers released in 1970 are rare to find and are considered to be collector’s items.
The Range Rover still had all of the ruggedness and durability of a Land Rover, but it was built larger with more in-cabin room for passengers and cargo. As it grew in popularity, the Range Rover had high-end features added to it for the comfort of the passengers.
The Land Rover and the Range Rover are both considered high-end luxury SUVs. There is not much of a price difference, but the Land Rover is still a little pricier than the Range Rover.