but you do not get the split upper/lower tailgate...
What's It Like to Live With
The Range Rover Sport measures in at 4850mm (length) x 1983mm (width) x 1845mm (height) which compares to the Porsche Cayenne at 4846 mm(length) x 1939 (width) x 1705 mm (height).
Off road statistics include obstacle clearance of up to 213 mm – a wading depth of 850mm – an off road approach angle of 27.2 degrees and a departure angle of 31.0 degrees.
Getting in and out is bit a of challenge if you have short legs as you have to step up into the Sport model, you can lower the car for entry/exit – but once you are in getting into the ideal driving position is a easy due to its powered seats (3 memory options), and the commanding all round driving position. Vision is not as good as its bigger brother; over the shoulder vision is compromised a little by the design of the seats and the central ‘B’ pillar, which is of course subjective.
The Range Rover Sport is not quite as comfortable as the bigger Range Rover (the sports seats certainly remind you of that fact) and there is less internal space.
Parking is easy as there are front and rear sensors and a reversing camera – you can pay extra for a 360 bird’s eye camera system (surround camera system £700) and there is semi-autonomous (park assist) parking should you wish. Our test car was fitted with this system but sometimes if you are under pressure like parking in a busy street, it feels slow and I panicked into making my own attempt to park on quite a few occasions but it does work well, at £450 you might want to test it out.
We should point out that with the surround camera system you get a junction view which allows you to see to your left and right when pulling out of road junctions or a garage with a restricted view – one slight caveat is that you have to look down at it.
The tailgate is powered but you do not get the split upper/lower tailgate as you do with the bigger Range Rover, and the boot is shallower – not too sure two medium size dogs would be happy. There is a spare full size wheel under the boot floor, which is good news in case of a tyre off rim puncture.
The boot will accommodate 784 litres of luggage with the rear seats up which increases to 1761 litres with the 60:40 seats folded down, compared to the Porsche Cayenne which has a smaller boot at 670/1780 litres.
Our test car featured five seats but you can add an additional row of seats but then the boot is compromised but you can carry seven people. The five seater model can only really carry four adults in comfort – the middle seat only suits children.
The Range Rover Sport can tow up to 3,500 kgs braked – except for the hybrid/SVR models which are rated to cope with up to 3,000 kgs.
The Sport is a desirable place to be and has a more contemporary feel than the Range Rover, possibly appealing to a younger audience – but as you can customise your car the choice is completely yours.