Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic
The original Range Rover Sport was perhaps one of the most mis-described cars recently built. Based loosely in styling on the Vogue, but on the chassis of a Discovery it was anything but sporty. Weighing in only a little less than its big brother, and with a fairly gutless 2.7TDv6 it dragged itself to 62 in a rather woeful 11.9s and continued forcing its lego-brick styling up to 120mph. Its handling was equally as dreadful as well. Even the 4.2 Supercharged V8 petrol only managed to get it to 62 in 7.2s which, bearing in mind the competition, was still slow. So¦ whilst it retained the Range Rover badge and some (and only some) of its off-road capability, it was certainly not sporty.
OK, so we have established the old Sport was well¦ not Sporty, but what of the new Range Rover Sport?
Well, to get the facts and figures out of the way, the 3.0SDV6 (on test) will propel it from 0-62 in a rather more timely 7.1s. This means the oil burning economical variant with a combined 40mpg quoted is quicker off the mark (and as fast at the top end) than its predecessors supercharged V8. Well thats a little embarrassing¦ isnt it.
Apart from engine performance and economy technology having advanced somewhat, this change in fortune is down the the Atkins diet the boffins at Range Rover put the model on. Now built from aluminium it is much lighter, nearly 1/2 a tonne lighter! Or, to put this into perspective it’s like the chaps at Range Rover realised someone left 1/2 a Citroen C1 in the boot and decided to chuck it out). This perhaps makes it even clearer:
This also means it is more nimble trough the corners. It longer feeling like its about to fall over through a tight corner and with a huge reduction in the tendency to drag you out of the corner into the nearest tree when being pushed, it is actually rather¦ sporty. If however, you arent happy with a fully capable off-road vehicle being quicker than most family cars and a fair proportion of low end sports cars or, you want to tick some green boxes too, the diesel hybrid could be an attractive proposition getting you to 62 a little quicker with lower emissions and slightly improved economy. Alternatively, for a real boost, one could go for the 5l V8 Supercharged model which will whisk you to 62 in a mere 5.3s. Thats faster than an early Aston Martin DB7! Still not good enough? OK, then the SVR could well tick your boxes getting you to 62 in just 4.7s, which is as fast as a Bentley Continental GTC (but not quite as quick as the GTC Speed we reviewed here).
So, even with the most popular Diesel variant being quicker than most family barges and the fire-breathing SVR keeping up with ageing supercars and modern-day GT’s, and it being more nimble, the Range Rover Sport has now earned its badge (at last).
To look at, the new Sport is leaps and bounds ahead. With smoother and more aerodynamic likes and the more modern front end taking away that lego brick styling from before, it looks less like its design was inspired by the scribblings of a 5 year-old and more like someone who knew what they were doing and cared about what people would think when they look at it. This is true on the inside too. Whilst the utilitarian design remains, the flat slabs are now more sculpted and lead into something else. It’s just a nicer place to be in side, and boy is it comfortable too. Space in the back is sufficient for 2 or even 3 adults, whilst the optional 3rd row is strictly children, and perhaps young teenagers only.
It is also more luxurious and versatile, with bucket loads of technology being thrown into the mix too. The entry level HSE is very well appointed with Front & Rear Parking Sensors with Rear Camera, Keyless Entry, Bluetooth, HDD Satellite Navigation, DAB Radio, a TFT virtual dash, Auto Lights & Wipers, the a whole raft of off and on-road and traction control acronyms to help you not crash or get stuck, Full Leather Upholstery with Heated Front Seats, Electric Gesture Control Tailgate, and big 20³ Alloy Wheels. For most, this will be sufficient.
The HSE Dynamic, on test, also includes their Terrain Response 2 system to give it true Land Rover off-road capabilities, larger 21³ wheels, exterior black styling to make it look a little more mean, as well as a few other sporty touches, and a performance enhancement to raise its top speed from 140mph to 155mph.
The options list is pretty extensive too with a 5 or 7 seat seating configuration, larger wheels, panoramic sliding roof, a broad range of leather colours, climate controlled seats, tech to basically park your car for you, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Seat Entertainment, Meridian Sound Upgrades, their Stealth Pack making it look even meaner still as well as their rather clever In-Control Connect Pack¦ the list is nearly endless.
So, now we know the new Range Rover Sport is lighter, quicker, more luxurious, more clever, more nimble, has more options, is more economical and environmentally friendly, more capable off road, and more aerodynamic (and thus nice to look at), than its predecessor. So, whats the catch?
Price¦ The new Range Rover Sport is notably more expensive than its predecessor. With a starting price of nearly £63,000 (and the model on test being £68,000, it is like for like around £6,000 more expensive. So, if price is the catch, is it worth it?
In a word¦ Absolutely.
The technological, performance, specification, weight reduction, handling enhancements and vastly improved looks are more than worth the premium. This is a proper Range Rover with truly sporting capabilities.
Looking at it from a business perspective, to lease, the new Range Rover Sport is not outrageously expensive either. With a standard contract hire (3+35 / 10,000 miles per annum) costing around £650+VAT/Month) as an option for a senior member of staff or a director it is pretty good value, although from a BIK standpoint (over £700/month as a 40% tax payer, plus fuel benefit of over £250/month), the driver may be better off taking a car allowance and claiming fuel instead.
If you would like to find out more about the vastly improved Range Rover Sport, please contact JCS on 01223 911 971 or complete our online enquiry form below.