Land Rover has won three awards from influential specialist title 4x4 Magazine in its ‘4x4 of the Year 2006’ competition, with the Range Rover Sport beating 42 other 4x4s to the top accolade.
The Range Rover Sport Supercharged won the ‘Luxury’ category, beating the BMW X5, Lexus RX300, Volvo XC90 Review and VW Touareg before also being crowned 4x4 Magazine's ‘4x4 of the Year 2006’. Land Rover's latest addition to the range convinced the judges with its unique breadth of capability, dynamic exterior looks, luxurious interior package and pioneering technologies such as the patented Terrain Response™ system.
Commenting on the Range Rover Sport, 4x4 Magazine’s judges said: "There could only be one winner, because there was only one car that filled our enthusiast senses with its unbelievable blend of charismatic off-road ability and breathtaking on-road performance. A superb technically advanced machine, packing enough practicality to serve as a genuine family sports-tourer, but one that the true high-performance driving enthusiast will enjoy beyond measure."
The ‘Extreme’ category was won by the Land Rover Defender Review that defeated the Jeep Wrangler, Ricardo Ibex and Santana PS10, thanks to standard equipment such as the coveted TD5 engine with two-speed transfer box and permanent four-wheel drive through a lockable centre differential.
Land Rover UK managing director, Phil Popham, added: "This is another prestigious title for the Range Rover Sport and a well-deserved victory for the Defender, which proves it is still a peerless off-road icon. We know only too well the rigours our products are put through by the judges at 4x4 Magazine, so to come away with three awards is truly a remarkable achievement."
Both the Defender and Range Rover Sport ranges are available now from Land Rover dealerships across the UK, from £17,995 and £35,000 respectively.Published 4 August 2005