Range Rover Sport TDV8 Review (2007)

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Range Rover Sport Review

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The Range Rover Sport currently hasn't been tested by Euro Ncap therefore it doesn’t have an Ncap rating but its bigger brother the Range Rover has been awarded a four star rating for adult protection, so we will have to see how the Range Rover Sport fairs in the future.

As with the Land Rover Discovery 3 the Range Rover Sport is fitted with an electronic parking brake, simply lift the lever on the central console and you apply the parking brake and push it down to release it - if you should pull off with it on, it automatically releases and if you take the key out of the ignition it locks on automatically. We did wonder if the brake would stop the car, so in a controlled test, we tried and yes it did stop the car from around 20 mph with ease.

The tailgate of the Range Rover Sport works on a hatchback principal with a split glass top section. This allows you to load / unload the boot without the risk of items falling out. With the rear seats up there is 958 litres of luggage space and with the seats down this increases to 2013 litres. The seats fold down on 60/40 split and the rear seats are easy to fold down although they don't fold completely flat.

There are ISOfix child seat fixing points on the two outer rear seats to which our child seat fitted well, without any movement whatsoever. There is also a top tether fixing point should your seat require it.

Safety and Security

The Range Rover Sport currently hasn't been tested by Euro Ncap therefore it doesn’t have an Ncap rating but its bigger brother the Range Rover has been awarded a four star rating for adult protection, so we will have to see how the Range Rover Sport fairs in the future.

Land Rover have fitted its Active Roll Mitigation (ARM) System to the Range Rover Sport, which monitors the stability of the vehicle, predicting whether a roll over is imminent by predicting when the vehicle become lighter on one side in a fast corner and then utilizing the braking system to stabilise the vehicle. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Monitors wheel speed and the steering angle to ensure safe cornering correcting over-steer or under-steer with the use of the braking system.

On the airbag count there eight airbags, two front side, front passenger and driver’s airbags plus two curtain bags each side along the side of the car.

To protect the Range Rover Sport from theft it is fitted with a comprehensive array of anti-theft measures and incorporates an engine management system immobiliser. Ultrasonic volumetric detection protects the interior against smash-and-grab style break-ins, while a perimetric detection system triggers the alarm if an attempt is made to open the tailgate, bonnet or any of the doors. Additionally, deadlocks inhibit the operation of the interior door handles once the vehicle has been locked.

Comfort and Refinement

As you would expect the Range Rover Sport HSE is well equipped:-

The V8 HSE model is fitted with directional Bi-Xenon headlights with cornering function, which are very effective in tracking the direction of travel around corners. Plus at low speeds an additional cornering light is activated to light up the direction of the turn, which throws a light further into the turning.

The headlights can be set to automatically come on at dusk or when entering a tunnel and they can be programmed so they stay on when you switch off the engine at night to light up your path/drive way. Although in our opinion it would be convenient if the rear lights also stayed on and perhaps lights under the mirrors as with other manufacturers, which would be especially welcome considering some of the off-road applications of the Range Rover Sport.

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Range Rover Sport Road Test Data
Model ReviewedLand Rover Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE
  
Body Type4x4
ColourLucerne Green
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.6 Seconds
Top Speed 130 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed CommandShift Automatic Gearbox
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban19.3 mpg
Extra Urban31.4 mpg
Combined25.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group16
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3-Year, Unlimited Mileage Warranty
Price (when tested on the 14/11/07)£42,140 As Tested

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