Range Rover Sport Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
FOUR MONTHS IN, our Range Rover Sport’s odometer is winding rapidly towards 10,000 miles, mainly because it’s useful, comfortable, enjoyable and, interestingly, frugal enough for most journeys.
Those with weekend stuff to shift find its wide, flat boot floor ideal. Photographers harness themselves into its rear to shoot other cars through the tailgate. Others with many miles to travel are beguiled by the Sport’s long legs and impressive touring range (overall fuel consumption 32.gmpg). There’s no better choice when it comes to weddings or for impressing the in-laws, either.
The question is how the Sport fits beside the full-fat Range Rover, and whether it justifies its ‘Sport’ label. As we’ve grown more familiar with the Sport, it has come to seem ever more different from the big Range Rover. Both are tall and heavy, but the Sport’s firmer ride, quicker- acting steering, tookg lower body weight and 25cm shorter overall length bring an agility advantage you soon depend on. There’s also a noticeable difference between the on-road spring rates of the big RR and the firmer Sport. You notice it especially in tight bends.
Other conclusions so far? We wouldn’t pay £1500 for that third row of seats; they fold down nicely under power but, like school uniforms, your kids will soon outgrow them.
The Range Rover Sport itself, however, is an enduring asset personified. Nothing has yet worn, torn or even varied from showroom condition. So far, we’ve hardly put a mark on it, which certainly wasn’t how things were in Range Rover’s olden days. Things are going well.