Range Rover Sport 2013 review | Auto Express

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It’s still days yet, but this reveals an impressive breadth of in the new Range Rover Sport. Rover has done a great job of it feel genuinely sporty, and the engines and ride comfort ensure that it has all the luxurious you’re expecting of a Range With a list price undercuts its bigger brother by £20,000, the Sport looks great value, too, when you consider you can have it seven seats.

The new Range Sport may share a platform and of its name with the latest Rover. but this is a car that is something entirely different. Rover has said that the is built from 75 per cent parts, in an effort to make “the fastest, most most responsive Land ever”. Whether it is or not is a question we now our best shot of answering, been behind the wheel of a at Land Rover’s Gaydon facility.

Our Sport was powered by the SDV6 which means you get 288bhp, of torque and acceleration from in 6.8 seconds – that’s 2.1 seconds than the outgoing SDV6 And the good news is this is even more refined before, revving smoothly and at all times.

Buyers can also a 254bhp TDV6, a 334bhp or a 503bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8. only driven the SDV6, difficult to say for certain but it could be the pick of the range. It pulls from the off, and accelerated up to on Gaydon’s test track little trouble.

What’s more, Land says fuel economy be around 37mpg and CO2 emissions are by 13 per cent over the outgoing at 199g/km.

The huge improvements in and emissions are the result of a new aluminium and platform, first developed for the Range Rover. It saves compared with the outgoing and that also has a great on the Sport’s dynamic abilities.

On our tight and twisty test the Sport feels immediately at despite its size. The cabin around the driver a little than it does in the Range the steering wheel is smaller and the is quicker. As a result it feels a lot like a sports car, and it handles a lot more like too.

Quick direction can’t unsettle the Sport, and it hard while exhibiting a lack of body roll. say – as only engineers can – that is 30 per cent better than the old and that figure sounds right.

Active Roll Control and vectoring help keep it where you want it to go, and you can feel the tightening its line around a sharp bend as it brakes the wheels and directs power to the

Land Rover wanted the to be able to cover long in comfort, and while the ride is firmer than the Range it still works as a very motorway cruiser. Thumps and make their way in to the cabin readily, but ride comfort is excellent. As is the refinement, which is but very little wind next-to-no wind noise and as tyre noise as you can find in class.

Off-roading is still very despite this being the model, so it gets the latest Response system, ground increased by 52mm, improved and departure angles and a new wading system that can tell you if OK to drive through deep With a wading depth of chances are you will be.

We didn’t a chance to test the new Sport but the engineering team says the best in class, and if the new Range is anything to go by we’re expecting it to be impressive.

Prices for the new Range Sport start at £51,500, looks like great next to the £71,295 Range The interior feels just as with little extra touches like the stubby With an extra 178mm in the there’s a huge amount of in the back seats, and even the of two temporary seats that electronically out of the boot floor.

It’ll be good to get a proper drive of the Range Rover before making any concrete but the early signs are that Rover has set the bar incredibly high for the set of sporty SUVs.

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