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Land Rover Range Rover Sport TDV6 car review

Ten Point Test

Auto Trader Ten Point Test rating: 79%

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is one of the most attractive luxury SUVs on our roads – and it can go like the clappers.


Chuck in its appeal as a fashion icon, coupled with great 4 4 ability and you’ve got the recipe for a stunning car.

Web Editor Adrian Higgins drove one for a week to find out how it shaped up.

1. Looks 9/10

It does what it says on the tin – by looking like a sporty Range Rover. Despite sharing its name with Land Rover’s iconic luxury off-roader, the smaller Sport is actually built on the same platform as the Discovery. Like its big brother, the Sport combines classic looks with contemporary styling.

More compact than the regular Range Rover, the Sport is also more dynamic looking, and very eye-catching.

2. Looks inside 8/10

Land Rover has the happy knack of combining simplicity with elegance. And like other models in the range the Range Rover Sport has a clearly laid-out information display along with an uncluttered central console. The materials used are of a high quality and these added to the light and space make for a luxury feel.

3. Practicality 10/10

It may be smaller than the traditional Range Rover but there is still more than enough space for most people’s needs. Keep the rear seats in place and there is 958 litres of boot space. Fold them flat and you’ll see that more than double to 2013 litres capacity. Though less likely to be taken off-road than the bigger model, the Sport still has bags of off-road ability.

Drivers can choose between five settings, created to respond best to different conditions, whether on ice and snow or uneven surfaces. There is plenty of room for all occupants.

4. Ride and Handling 8/10

We took the car on a three-and-a-half hour cross country trip and it was testament to the car’s great ride that we emerged fresh at the other end.

This is a very comfortable car which lives up to the Range Rover image of delivering you to your destination in luxury. The adaptive cruise control, with a choice of four distances from the car ahead, is more useful to UK drivers than the regular cruise control some vehicles have. However, the steering is sharp enough to justify the car’s Sport name.

Considering its size, the Sport resists the temptation to wallow through corners.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

5. Performance 8/10

Buyers can choose between a pair of diesel engines and a pair of petrol engines, including a turbo-charged model. The TDV6 we drove is the slowest, covering 0-60mph in 11.9 seconds and boasting a top speed of 120mph. The TDV8 offers 8.6 seconds from 0-60mph and 130mph top speed.

Of the two petrol models, the V8 Supercharged is the top performer with a 0-60mph time of 7.2 seconds and top speed of 140mph. But it’s worth bearing in mind that opting for the lower-powered diesel over the Supercharged petrol will leave you with an extra £22K in your pocket.

6. Running Costs 5/10

Performance and size is not a recipe for cheap motoring. Choose the high-performance V8 Supercharged model and you’re looking at an average 17.8mpg, with in-town mpg dropping to just 12.4. The TDV6 model we drove is the most frugal of the four available options, with average fuel consumption of 28.3 mpg.

Whichever model you choose your tax bill will be the same, the most expensive one. All models fall into category G, currently a £300 bill per year, while opting for the Sport model means paying out for insurance ranging from Group14E-17E.

7. Reliability 7/10

The Range Rover Sport has only been around three years, which is not really long enough to draw conclusions regarding its long-term reliability. Land Rover as a whole finds itself at the wrong end of the Reliability Index with repairs setting owners back an average of more than £500. However, it’s worth remembering its cars are more likely to encounter tough conditions and demanding use than most. And though the car may be reasonably new, the engines pre-date the Sport and should be fine.

We found all aspects of the car to have been built to a very high quality.

8. Safety 7/10

The Range Rover Sport’s 4 4 capabilities contribute to an impressive safety package with emergency brake assist, brake force distribution and dynamic stability control all working to keep you out of trouble. Should trouble prove unavoidable there are six airbags.

9. Equipment 8/10

Standard features are plentiful and include a CD player with eight speakers, cruise control, climate control, electric front seats and a roof a spoiler. There are three trim levels: S, SE and HSE and availability depends on which engine is chosen. Buyers can also add individual accessories or have features bundled into a range of packs.

10. X-Factor 9/10

It’s a sporty Range Rover. The combination of traditional luxury brand and high performance is a very attractive one and Land Rover has pulled it off with aplomb.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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