The Range Rover Sport changes the game ...
The Range Rover Sport has not been tested by Euro NCAP but there is a myriad of safety equipment including ABS, Driver and Passenger Airbags (side, seat-front, thorax, and pelvis), Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, Intelligent Emergency Braking & Active Seat Belts. Our test car had blind spot monitoring which we cannot praise highly enough especially on the motorway with merging traffic – a life saver but of course no substitute for looking around you.
Our test car was fitted with the Rear Seat Entertainment System with Touch Screen Remote Control at £1,500 and the excellent Meridian Signature 1700W Audio System for an additional £5,000. Personally we would want the Meridian system but then we are not in control of your budget .
The standard infotainment system supports dual screens (on the Sport a £600 option), so that front seats passengers can watch the digital TV or video on the move (they have their own headphones) whilst the driver can see the navigation system and listen to another audio source such as the DAB radio. This car was also fitted with the rear entertainment system which can keep the children entertained for hours on end – they share the front mounted DVD player and again have their own headphones – their system can be split between two sound sources – so one can watch a video whilst the other can listen to their favourite music.
The system also includes a DAB radio tuner, navigation, and Bluetooth telephone / audio and iPod connectivity. Ideally it would support Blu-Rays and this is something Land Rover are addressing.
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What We Liked
- Ride and Handling
- Packaging and Styling
What We Disliked
- Intrusive Stop Start Technology
- Shallow Boot
- Bonnet Louvres and Batman Puddle Lighting (a question of taste perhaps)
The Range Rover Sport changes the game, it is exceptionally good and for us the only reason for going for its bigger brother would be the split tailgate / overall comfort. In fact we would choose the Sport model and are left waiting for a suitable one to come onto the second hand market that meets are budget.18 January 2015
Range Rover Sport Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic|
|Body Type||5-door SUV|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||199 g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||41.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 18/01/15)||£74,995|