Large, luxurious but lumbered with a Sport badge, the most recent Range Rover is a sophisticated all-rounder. The rumble of the new 2014 Range Rover Sport is so powerful: it can make everyone move out of the way (smile).
The all-new Range Rover Sport slots into the Land Rover line-up between the compact Evoque and limousine-rivaling Range Rover.
This car is new top to bottom. The proportional changes give this Range Rover a much more aggressive and streamlined appeal. Everything you love about overlarge, opulent, off-road-capable luxo-barges, but more so, times infinity.
It is absolutely gorgeous—it might be the best-looking SUV ever built.
The massive panoramic sunroof is a great touch. The shape is less boxy than the outgoing Sport with its flat sides and thin pillars, but the new vehicle is a bit lower, and longer than the previous model. Then overall shape is smoother. The front and rear overhangs are slightly shorter.
It has plenty of traditional Range Rover styling cues, too, with black window frames creating the effect of a floating roof, a clamshell bonnet and small light clusters on either side of the tailgate.
But there are plenty of modern touches inspired by the Evoque. The two-bar mesh grille, slender headlights and deep front bumper are similar to Range Rover’s smallest model’s, while the tapering roof line and steeply angled tailgate glass are also nods to the Evoque.
Inside everything you touch feels rich, and appropriately soft or solid as the case may be.
Who said that this kind of car is not sustainable? Up to 75 percent of its aluminum comes from recycled materials; there are recycled plastics, and, technically, leather is renewable. Leather is also a key feature to that beautiful interior.
All the seats are wonderfully comfortable. Also the 14-way-adjustable front seats are heated and cooled and just one massage session away from perfect. The riding position is very upright, making it extremely comfortable for long hauls.
The second row can serve as two lounge chairs if you fold down the center portion, which becomes an armrest and cupholder.
Thanks to the longer wheelbase, the Range Rover Sport provides an optional third row that can accommodate two persons for around-town trips.
The top-of-the-line Autobiography is fully loaded. Standard equipment includes two-tone and three-tone seat color choices; a heated steering wheel; leather trim on dash and center console; a cooler in the front center console; 16-way power seats; heated rear seats; and a Meridian Premium 825-watt surround sound system with 19 speakers.
The Autobiography also features 21-inch wheels, red-painted brake calipers, a surround camera system and the Performance Enhancement package which increases top speed to 250km/h.
The Sport is very spacious and offers a 784-litre boot – well ahead of the concurrent.
The standard air-suspension can be lowered by 50mm to improve access, while a flat floor in the back means all three passengers get plenty of foot space. The sculpted outer seats will leave the central rear passenger feeling perched above the other occupants, though.
Under that beautifully sculpted clamshell hood is either a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 or 2 V6 turbodiesels all with start-stop technology.
All variants of the Range Rover Sport feature full-time 4-wheel drive with electronic traction control, an 8-speed automatic transmission and a long list of safety feature acronyms.
The 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel has been significantly upgraded for fitment in the new Range Rover Sport. The V6 is available in two versions (258PS TDV6 and 292PS SDV6) delivering major power increases over the equivalent units in the outgoing model which boasted 211PS and 256PS.
The SDV6 model hits 0/100km/h in just 6.8 seconds and achieves CO2 emissions of 199g/km – down 13 percent. The 258PS TDV6 reaches the same benchmark in 7.1 seconds with CO2 emissions of 194g/km, representing a 15 percent improvement over the same model.
The SDV-6 is more than enough power to flog the Range Rover Sport through any countryside. The 0-100km/h time is 6.8 seconds, but the Sport feels faster than that and I simply loved it!
I spent a week with this fabulous car and I really felt in love with it: one week in another world!
The suspension has plenty of travel for offroading. I ran it over small rocks and some mud and through little lakes and it never missed a beat.
You’d expect a car that looks as big and bulky as the Range Rover Sport to be a bit of a handful in corners, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Extensive use of aluminium in its construction means the Range Rover Sport is lighter than its closest rivals, and that ensures it’s surprisingly agile. Just incredible!
The Sport’s ride is nearly as comfortable as the full-size Range Rover’s, and it’s quiet and refined at highway speeds.
The eight-speed automatic transmission is incredibly smooth no matter how you attack the road, downshifting flawlessly when a little more power is needed and quickly finding overdrive on the highway. Thanks again to the eight-speed automatic transmission and astonishing refinement it has a long-legged gait that makes you feel you could easily drive from Brussels to Barcelona stopping only for fuel, then when you arrive at a challenging road it has the poise and the pace to cover ground very quickly indeed.
Whether you are a new or a returning customer you’ll be impressed with the levels of refinement, increased quality level inside and much sportier overall performance in the new Range Rover Sport.
More agile and capable than the outgoing model, the 2014 Range Rover Sport features a new Terrain Response system as well as a lineup of more powerful and efficient engines.
If you’re in the market for a luxury SUV, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a perfect blend of luxury, performance and off-road capability.