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LAND ROVER Range Rover Sport
What is it?
First there was the Range Rover, then came the slightly smaller and more nimble Range Rover Sport. However, ‘small’ it isn’t as it rivals the BMW X5 and Mercedes M-class. It offers exemplary on and off-road comfort and performance coupled with serious luxury. Like it’s main rivals there is the option of seven seats as well as the standard five.
What is the Range Rover Sport like to drive?
On road the Range Rover Sport does total comfort and hugely capable handling, an impressive feat for a car of this size. If you so desire it will cover ground at frankly amazing speeds and a range-topping SVR version is even at home on a track. However, that’s only half the story, the Range Rover Sport is also one of the most capable cars off-road, only really beaten for luxury and capability by it’s big brother the Range Rover.
What engines are available?
There is a range of five engines to choose from – two diesel, two petrols and a hybrid. The 3.0-litre diesel producing 306hp is the most popular power-plant. The second diesel is a 4.4-litre producing 339hp. The petrol range starts with a 5.0-litre 375hp supercharged V8 and tops out with a 405hp 5.0 that’s only available in the SVR. The hybrid combines the 3.0-litre diesel with electric motors to produce 354hp.
What are the key standard features of the Range Rover Sport?
There are four trim levels which start with the HSE, this includes xenon headlights, auto lights and wipers, headed windscreen, front fog lights, Terrain response 4x4 system, low range, cruise control, 20in alloys, auto dimming rear-view mirror, heated front and rear seats, two-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera with hitching guide, speed limiter, sat nav with 8in colour screen, Bluetooth, USB socket, aux socket, DAB radio and InControl app.
- HSE Dynamic: Terrain Response 2, adaptive dynamics, torque vectoring and 21in alloys.
- Autobiography Dynamic adds panoramic roof, adaptive cruise control, three-zone climate control, powered memory seats, wifi and uprated InControl app.
- SVR is a near stand alone model (only available with the 405hp 5.0-litre V8), but, over the HSE Dynamic it adds adaptive cruise control, uprated stereo, three-zone climate control, powered memory sports seats, wifi and uprated InControl app.
What are the key options?
Options and accessories on the Range Rover Sport are many and varied. The two additional rear seats are a good pick. However, massage seats and heated steering wheel are lovely luxuries. You can also beef-up the off-road capability even further with a locking differential for ultimate off-roading.
How spacious is the Range Rover Sport?
Space in the first five standard seats is very good with plenty of head and legroom for adults and children. The high driving position also offers near-unrivalled visibility. Passengers in the optional rear row of seats have reasonable room too, but these fold-away seats impact on boot space. In the five-seat models the boot is a healthy 489 litres, rising to 1761 litres with the seats folded. Range Rover does not quote a boot space with the optional sixth and seventh seat in place.
What will it cost to run?
Being a big, heavy 4x4 the CO 2 figures for the Range Rover Sport are not it’s strongest point. The diesel hybrid is the start point for CO 2 at 164g/km, or 30% benefit in kind taxation. The 3.0-litre diesel comes in at 185g/km and 37% tax, while both the V8 diesel and the petrol engines are also in the maximum 37% tax bracket.
What safety features does it have?
The Range Rover Sport has a host of special safety features standard on all models that are beyond the usual, such as trailer stability assist, hill descent control, corner brake control, gradient acceleration control. It also has eight airbags, powered child locks and a customer configurable auto-locking.
These include the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes M-class, Porsche Cayenne and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.