This vehicle is currently in stock at Land Rover Woodford and can be purchased from Land Rover Swindon.
Specifications and Equipment includes 22 Inch Alloys - 7 Split Spoke Style 7007 - Diamond Turned Finish, 18 Way Electric Front Seats, Heated and Massage Front Seats, Black Contrast Roof, DAB Radio, Digital TV, Cruise Control, Heated Steering Wheel, Heated Rear Seats, Deployable Side Steps, Sliding Panoramic Roof, Privacy Glass, Full Size Spare Wheel, Grand Black Veneer, Keyless Entry, LeatherHeadlining, Meridian TM Surround Sound System, Semi-Aniline Leather Seats and many more features. Call us now for more information or to arrange your Test Drive.
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Acoustic windscreen, Door/quarter lights in toughened plate glass, Heated rear window, Heated windscreen, Power front/rear windows with global close, Rain sensor windscreen wipers, Rear wiper
ABS, ABS + EBD + EBA, CBC - (Cornering brake control), DSC - Dynamic Stability Control, EBD + Brake Assist, Electronic parking brake, Electronic traction control, ESP, Hill descent control, Roll stability control
Front & rear carpet mats with contrast edging and metal corners
Adaptive dynamics, All terrain progress control, Electronic air suspension/variable ride height, Terrain Response 2 Auto
Bluetooth mobile phone connection, InControl secure
360 degree Park Distance Control, Adaptive cruise control with queue assist and intelligent emergency brake, Drive select with paddle shift and sport mode, EPAS, Rear camera wash, Surround camera system
Gesture tailgate, Push button starter
Dual view touch screen, Dynamic route guidance, HDD Premium navigation including voice control, TMC with touch screen and media storage, Service interval indicator, Trip computer with selectable speed limit warning
Auto dimming rear view mirror, Electric heated, adjustable, folding and auto dimming door mirrors with memory + approach lamps
Diesel particulate filter
DAB Digital radio, Digital TV, InControl protect, Radio/CD, USB connection
Exterior Body Features
Body coloured bumpers, Illuminated tread plates with Autobiography lettering, Twin exhaust tailpipe
Auto self levelling headlights, Automatic headlamp activation, Daytime running lights, Follow me home headlights, Front fog lights, Headlight washers, High beam assist, LED rear lamps
4 zone climate control, Parking heating with remote
12V accessory sockets - front and rear, 12V power point in luggage area, Centre cooler storage box, Electric adjustable steering column, Front and rear cupholders, Front centre armrest, Grab handles, Loadspace cover, Lockable glovebox, Multi function steering wheel, Semi-aniline leather upholstery, Soft close doors, Through load facility, Twin sunvisors
Interior mood lighting, Luggage compartment lighting
Driver pro pack 26 - Range Rover
3 rear 3 point seatbelts, Auto lock system when vehicle in motion, Curtain airbags, Driver and passenger airbags, Driver/front passenger head+thorax airbag, Drivers knee airbag, Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters, Front side airbags, Height adjustable front seatbelts, Power child locks, Tyre pressure monitoring system
Folding rear seats, Front and rear winged headrest, Front seat back map pockets, Isofix child seat preparation
Immobiliser, Keyless entry, Locking wheel nuts, Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm, Remote central locking
Trailer stability assist
Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
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|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||47E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||6|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||91|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||84|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||63|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||86|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||16000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||999999|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Noise Level dB(A):||70|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||84|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||90|
|Engine Layout:||NORTH SOUTH|
|Fuel Delivery:||TURBO DIRECT INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||24|
|EC Combined (mpg):||40.9|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||44.1|
|EC Urban (mpg):||36.2|
|0 to 60 mph (secs):||True|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||7.4|
|Engine Power - BHP:||258|
|Engine Power - KW:||190|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3750|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||443|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||61|
|Engine Torque - NM:||600|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Tyre Size Front:||275/45 R21|
|Tyre Size Rear:||275/45 R21|
|Tyre Size Spare:||SPACE SAVER|
|Wheel Style:||10 SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||21" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2220|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||86|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||3050|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||2030|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||909|
|Max. Loading Weight:||845|
|Max. Roof Load:||100|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||3500|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||12.1|
By Jonathan Crouch
So many cars claim to be unique but the Range Rover really is, continuing to set the standard in the super-luxury SUV sector. Larger, lighter, more economical, smarter looking and even better off road, the aluminium-bodied fourth generation version is finally good enough to properly combine the imperious qualities of a top luxury saloon with off piste abilities that would be limited only by the skills of its driver. A Rolls Royce in the rough, there's nothing quite like it.
5dr Luxury SUV (3.0-litre TDV6 diesel, 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel, 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel Hybrid, 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel, 5.0-litre V8 petrol [Vogue, Vogue SE, Autobiography, SVAutobiography])
Sometimes, being the best just isn't good enough. Take the Range Rover. With a pedigree over four distinct generations going all the way back to 1970, it's always been, without question, the 'finest 4x4xfar'. Yet when the time came for the Solihull maker to develop this fourth generation model for launch back in 2012, the challenges remained. How to remain the world's leading luxury SUV while appearing credibly eco-centric? How to make further forays into the market for super luxury saloons against rivals that don't have to be able cross the Congo or see you through Siberia? And how to reach out to a whole new group of buyers from both segments who would never previously have considered a Range Rover? This 'L405'-series MK4 model had to do all this - and much more. An extreme challenge certainly - but then this car is well used to those. We've driven them all over the world, from Icelandic glaciers to the Australian wilderness, from up in the Colorado Rockies to downtown in Beverly Hills. But back in 2012, even we were wondering how on earth the brand might meet the fresh and testing demands of a very different era. After all, the previous MK3 model had had a difficult life, first designed by BMW but then expensively re-engineered by Ford when the company was sold to the Blue Oval. The rise in post-Millenium SUV sales ensured its position as the most successful Range Rover in history, but customer interest had very much faded by the time this replacement fourth generation model was launched. Like the Seventies original, it was clearly revolutionary - and for very much the same reason. A lightweight aluminium body structure set Spencer King's very first Range Rover apart nearly half a century ago and here, the SUV market's first adoption of much the same thing gave this car a credible shot at all its stated goals. The much lighter bodyweight meant it could be larger, faster and more responsive at the same time as being more efficient, cheaper to run and better equipped. It could claim a lighter eco-footprint, a properly limousine-like rear cabin and performance approaching that of a super-saloon. And yes, it could suit you even better if you happened to be setting off across the Serengeti or exploring the Amazon. It was, more than ever, one of a kind. An upgrade in 2015 saw the addition of a long wheelbase body style and a V6 Hybrid diesel model. In 2018, this car got another major upgrade, but it's the earlier 2012-2017-era models we look at here as a used buy. What You Pay
This is every inch a Range Rover. You'd know it as such even without a glance at the elegant badgework. Which is as it should be. Gerry McGovern's design team committed early on to protect the visual characteristics that have always made this car what it is: the wrap-around clamshell bonnet; the deep glass area; the low waist and straight side feature line with no wedge or step up in side styling; the close wheel arch cuts; and the two-piece tailgate. But if much about this car is familiar, much too about this smoother, more contemporary fourth generation design is very different - as it must be to win over a whole new generation of customers. There's a deep imposing front grille and a more rakish lean to a front A-pillar that, like B and C pillars further back, has a premium gloss black finish. It's there to emphasise the so-called 'floating roof' that sits above near-flush side glazing. The side fender graphics on the front doors also look neat and further back at the rear, another lovely styling touch is the 'hidden until lit' high-mounted LED stop lamp, positioned under the roof spoiler where it illuminates across the full width of the tailgate. More important though is what lies beneath this slippery shape. Essentially, a £1 billion investment in aluminium technology. At launch, this was the world's first SUV to boast a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure. A structure that saw this car up weigh in at up to 420kgs lighter than its direct steel-bodied predecessor, a weight equivalent to a full complement of passengers. And that's despite the fact that this model was designed to be slightly longer and wider than before for one reason - and one reason only: to offer more space in the rear. Without that, Land Rover knew it could never credibly pretend this car to be as much a luxury saloon as luxury SUV. And sure enough, an extra 42mm in the wheelbase made all the difference to this MK4 design. For those who thought that wasn't enough, a long wheelbase model with an extra 200mm of body length was offered from 2015. Either way, a wider door aperture and a lower 'Access' ride height on the air suspension means that it's much easier to get in and once seated, also much easier to get comfortable, with over a metre of leg-stretching room and a backrest reclining option for longer journeys. In the back, there's room for three but original buyers could also specify their cars with the 'Executive Class' twin seating option that'll see the two fortunate occupants separated by a veneered centre console and enjoying extra seat adjustment and a massaging function. This car's slightly larger size wasn't enough to permit the fitment of the couple of occasional rear boot-mounted seats you'll find in a Land Rover Discovery - or indeed the two cars that from the 2012-2017 era are perhaps closest to this one in concept, Toyota's Land Cruiser V8 and the Mercedes GL/GLS. Still, Range Rover buyers have never seemed to want boot-mounted fold-out seats. Luggage room has always been a greater priority, so we should point out that thanks to all the attention given to those on the rear seat, there's a little less of it with this MK4 model than you got with the previous MK3, the 909-litre figure down around 10%. Should more room be required, dropping the rear backrest frees up as much as 2060-litres. Seated up-front amongst the beautiful leathers, polished metal and hand-crafted veneers, you'll find yourself in a cabin that looks as classy and cosseting as ever, with its clean, elegant controls and a notable absence of button clutter, with most functions relocated to the eight-inch colour touchscreen that dominates the centre of the dash and which, by voice, touch or steering wheel button, marshals everything from sat nav to seat heating, stereo sound to surround cameras. For this screen, Land Rover's engineers developed clever optional Dual View technology, enabling it to simultaneously display a different image to driver and passenger. So at the wheel, you can, say, view the navigation display while your passenger watches a video. Neat. Ahead of you at the wheel, the instruments are in the usual place but they aren't real instruments in the manner you might be used to. This Range Rover replaces the traditional speedo and rev-counter clocks with digital facsimiles projected on a 12.3" wide TFT screen. In normal mode, you'd have to look twice to verify that anything was amiss as the display looks conventional but off road, the rev counter moves aside in favour of a graphical drivetrain that shows which wheels are being driven, which diffs are locked and much more. In fact, the virtual screen can be customised to show anything from the outside temperature to navigation information, telephone system settings or wheel articulation.
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Land Rover products have been featuring much improved build quality in recent years but our owner survey revealed that the brand still has a little way to go to match its German rivals in this regard. We came across several owners who'd had suspension/ride issues and one said that he got exhaust fumes inside the car when he set the climate system to 'auto'. Another experienced random warning lights illuminating on the dash. And another had a fuel tank sensor fault. We also came across an infotainment screen failure. And a broken crankshaft on a V6 hybrid model. Otherwise, the issues tend to be niggly little things. Poor bonnet and boot alignment for example; alignment issues with the rear doors; poorly fitted rubber trim around the doors; and leather on the seats being loose and ill-fitted. Don't believe misleading reports suggesting that things like brake discs, brake pads and wiper blades wear quickly: they're actually pretty durable. What else? Well check if a tow bar has been fitted and also check the tyres for odd wear patterns. Although the Range Rover Sport is very capable off road, there are limits to its ground clearance, so inspect the underside for signs of damage to the suspension, exhaust and front valance. The volume TDV6 diesel engine is a tough unit and if you're test driving the car on a cold day, don't be worried if the Stop/Start system fails to kick in. The engine is programmed to keep running at temperatures below three degrees Celsius.
(based on 2014 Range Rover 3.0 TDV6 - approx excl. VAT) A fuel filter costs in the £27 to £46 bracket and an air filter will cost around £26. An oil filter will be in the £8-£15 bracket. Front brake pads sit in the £33 to £44 bracket for a set, though you could pay up to around £76 to £88 for a pricier brand. For rear brake pads, think £31-£55. Front brake discs are around £102-£155. For rear discs, think £120-£170, though you could pay up to around £120 to £170 for a pricier brand. A timing belt will be around £68-£77.
Everything changed about this fourth generation Range Rover. Yet in many ways, nothing was different. Step up into the famous 'Command' driving position and you find yourself sitting throne-like in a beautifully appointed cabin that positions you around 90mm higher than you would be in other premium SUVs. A place from which you look out across the hedgerows and to life beyond the urban sprawl. There's nothing quite like it. Fire the engine and the rotary gear selector glides up into the palm of your hand. Twist it to Drive and the car glides away, luxury, comfort, refinement, craftsmanship and outright performance all fusing together in its imperious progress, whether that be on-turf or on-tarmac. The silence is truly impressive, making this a superb long distance cruiser. Under the bonnet, very little changed in the conventional engine line-up with this MK4 model: why would it have? The freshly developed aluminium underpinnings created a weight saving roughly equivalent to a full complement of passengers. Which made the car faster and more efficient without any need for oily tweaking. It also meant that the car could be light enough to accommodate something less than a hulking great V8 engine. In this case, the six cylinder TDV6 borrowed from the Range Rover Sport, here developing 258bhp and a hefty 600NM of torque, good enough to send you to sixty in 7.4s on the way to 130mph to the accompaniment of a growly but rather appealing engine note. It's all quite satisfying, until of course you try something better - in this case the 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel. With 339bhp and 700Nm of torque, this is one of the most powerful diesel engines of its era, here dispatching the sixty sprint in 6.5s on the way to a top speed of 135mph, should your private drive be long enough to accommodate it. Those in such a position will also be able to shoulder the running costs of the minority interest petrol model which, with a supercharged 5.0-litre 510bhp, demolishes sixty from rest in 5.1 and has to be restrained at 140mph. At the other end of the scale, there's a frugally focused 333bhp V6 diesel-electric hybrid variant able to put out under 170g/km of CO2 while still sprinting to sixty in not much more than seven seconds. Speed of course is one thing. Control is another. Previous Range Rovers have conquered the toughest terrain known on this planet, but prior to this MK4 model's arrival, they'd never fully mastered the rather difficult art of making something that weighs as much as two family cars corner on tarmac in a way that could be described enjoyable. Is this fourth generation car different? You could say that. We're not going to pretend that it rivals the class-leading Porsche Cayenne but it's very close for a car that has far greater reserves of all-round capability. Or at least the SDV8 variant is. Unlike the entry-level TDV6, this model comes as standard with the Dynamic Response active lean control system that we reckon is pretty central to the driving experience that this car can offer. With this in place, cornering speeds that would either have confounded the old MK3 model or had its occupants reaching for the nearest sick bag are completed without passenger comment. Combine this with the great view out you get from the commanding driving position and you'll be amazed at how easy it is to thread this five metre-long and two metre-wide luxury conveyance down a narrow British country lane. Some cars of this sort feel too big for this kind of route. This one doesn't. Which means that when you're not driving in your wellies, but instead you're in the mood and want to click the 8-speed gearbox's rotary controller to 'S' and flick about with the wheel-mounted change paddles, this car can be a surprising enjoyable secondary road companion. The air suspension system helps, particularly on off-camber roads that dip and crest, showing off this car's generous maximum wheel travel and its other standard feature - the Adaptive Dynamics system. This offers continuously variable dampers, programmable to infinitely variable settings between soft and hard extremes. The system will even sense off road conditions and optimise damping accordingly. Ah yes, off road conditions: we should get to those. The Range Rover has long been a master when it comes to getting its occupants across their chosen terrain with consummate assurance and comfort. As before, there's a full time 'Intelligent 4WD system' with a two-speed transfer 'box (that you can shift down into on the move at up to 37mph) providing a low range option for difficult conditions or for when towing. The cleverest aspect of this car though, is arguably its Terrain Response off-road driving system, selectable via a control just in front of the rotary gear knob. Using this, you simply select the setting for the terrain you're covering: 'Sand' perhaps, for those days on the beach. 'Mud/Ruts' should get you across your local ploughed field. And 'Grass/Gravel/Snow' will be perfect for visiting your folks in the country during the next frosty snap. All this is as it was on the old MK3 model but what's new for this MK4 version was a further developed 'Terrain Response 2' package including an 'Auto' setting that could also do it all for you, even advising you of any need to switch into low range - or raise the suspension up to its highest 'off-road' setting'. In other words, all you really need to do is to select 'Auto', crank up the stereo and glide over terrain you wouldn't even walk across: it's brilliant. 'Terrain Response 2' also included an extra 'Rock Crawl' Program for use should you find yourself tackling boulder-strewn river beds. Really gnarly terrain can be tackled with a bit more peace of mind in this MK4 model thanks to increased ride height (17mm higher at 303mm) and a 900mm wading depth (200mm more than before thanks to an innovative air intake system). You'll need to set the air suspension in its highest 'off road' setting to achieve both figures of course - at which point in this mode the system can automatically vary its height a little up or down to suit to suit long, rutted dirt roads. In that off road setting, there's an approach angle of 34.7-degrees, a departure angle of 29.6-degrees and a ramp breakover angle of 28.3-degrees. Otherwise, things are almost exactly as before for those brave enough to subject such an expensive vehicle to life beyond the paved highway. So there's Hill Start Assist to stop you lurching backwards on a slope as your foot moves from brake to throttle. And Gradient Acceleration Control to automatically maintain safe and dignified progress down steep hills, even if you forget to select the Hill Descent Control. There's also a Gradient Release Control function for the Hill Descent Control System that will lower your Range Rover over precipitous descents in a more careful fashion that passengers will appreciate. No other vehicle takes this much pride in going where it probably shouldn't.
From princes to politicians, from rock gods to rock climbers, from footballers to farmers, the Range Rover has always appealed to a more diverse group of customers than any other car. As you'd expect it would. This is, after all, far more than just the world's finest luxury SUV, instead unchallenged as four vehicles within one - an everyday luxury saloon, a weekend leisure vehicle, a high-performance long distance private jet and a working cross-country conveyance. Such perfection doesn't come without a price, in origin or in ownership. Or without compromise - in poorer handling for example against, say, a super saloon. And in tighter rear cabin space against, say, a luxury limousine. Perhaps that's why you've never considered one of these. And if so, consider this. Thanks to its revolutionary aluminium underpinnings, this fourth generation version is sharper to drive, ravishing in the rear and vastly more efficient and affordable to run. It is, in short, a very different proposition. Drive it through a river, drive it to the opera: it's as happy either way, beautifully built, gorgeously finished and astonishingly quick. True, this car is never quite going to be all things to all people but it has perhaps moved as close to fulfilling that remit as any modern car is ever likely to get. Makes you proud to be British doesn't it.
By Jonathan Crouch
Bigger, lighter and sharper in its reactions, the second generation Range Rover Sport came of age, frightening German luxury SUV rivals by at last matching them on-tarmac whilst still obliterating them off road. No longer a dressed-up Discovery, it shares plenty with the fully fledged limousine-like Range Rover but is able to bring much of that car's high technology to a wider audience.
5dr Luxury SUV (3.0-litre TDV6 diesel, 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel, 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel Hybrid, 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel, 5.0-litre V8 petrol [HSE, HSE Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic, SVR])
Here's a car that claims to be able to do.. well, almost everything. It'll cruise on the autobahn at 130mph, ford rivers in the Serengeti, take a family of seven on holiday and slip you down to the shops. It's affordable to run, rewarding to drive and looks dynamic and stylish. There has to be a catch doesn't there? Time to check out earlier versions of the second generation Range Rover Sport as a used car buy. Ah yes, the Range Rover Sport. A car that in its original guise was neither a Range Rover or 'sporty'. In fact, it was based almost entirely on the brand's sensible Discovery model and, thanks to that car's practical ladder frame chassis, as about as dynamic to drive. Still, the smarter set of clothes did the trick and for most of its life between 2005 and 2012, the 'Sport' was Solihull's best seller. There were, it turned out, a vast number of potential buyers who liked the idea of a Range Rover but either couldn't afford one or wanted something a bit sportier. Something like this in other words, the car the concept always promised but never quite delivered. Appropriately, its very existence was at last properly inspired - and in many ways completely made possible - by the fully-fledged Range Rover. Back in 2012, that car was completely redeveloped in fourth generation form with aluminium underpinnings, sharper handling and hybrid power, engineering eagerly seized upon by the Range Rover Sport development team in their quest to at last be able to offer a credibly sporting SUV rival to cars like the Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X5. The result was the MK2 model Range Rover Sport, launched in 2013. German competitors of course, don't have to blend in unrivalled off road excellence with their back road blasting. They don't have to be automotive swiss army knives - all things to all people - in quite the same way. So, burdened with such expectations, how can this Range Rover - how can any Range Rover - take them on at their own game? That's the issue this car has always faced. A 542PS 'SVR' version of the 5.0-litre petrol V8 model was introduced in 2014. And shortly after, the 292PS SDV6 diesel engine was uprated to 306PS. This second generation model was lightly updated for the 2017 model year, but it's the earlier 2013 to 2016 versions we're going to look at here.
Imagine you were toned, fit - and nearly 20% lighter. How would you look? Sharper? Smarter? Younger? As indeed this second generation Range Rover Sport model does in comparison to its boxy, heavy predecessor. The faster windscreen angle, streamlined profile and sloping roofline make it sleek and contemporary - as it should be, a Range Rover Sport for a new era. But recognisably a Range Rover Sport: the clamshell bonnet, 'floating' roof, powerful wheelarches and side fender vents that define this model are all present and correct. Up close, the 'S' in 'SUV' is further emphasised by the high beltline, short overhangs and distinctive silhouette. At the front, the slimmer LED lights and sculpted corners flank a classic two-bar rearward-sloping front grille executed to a theme reflected by the twin strakes of the fender vents. And there are bold trapezoidal shapes to house the central bumper beam and skidplate. A trapezoidal theme that's repeated at the rear where the skidplate is flanked by large twin exhausts. Not a car to be trifled with then. It's a much more spacious thing than the MK1 version - though only 62mm longer - which makes it all the more surprising that the Solihull engineers have been able to make it so much lighter. A modified version of the fully-fledged Range Rover's aluminium monocoque chassis accounts for most of the 420kgs that have been trimmed from a kerb weight that in MK2 form, crucially, pitches this car in at just over two tones, rather than just under three. Back in 2013, this design's aluminium approach represented a trailblazing one in this class but it's not enough to make this Sport a car that could be in any way described as 'lightweight' in the luxury SUV segment. Still, the fact that it's no heavier than rivals like Porsche's Cayenne and BMW's X5, cars that don't need to carry around such sophisticated bulky all-wheel drive hardwear, has to be seen as quite an achievement. And inside? Well, you'd be disappointed if you didn't have to climb up into a Range Rover - that's part of its appeal - though older folk can with this Sport model ease the process by selecting a lower 'Access' mode on variants fitted with air suspension. Once installed in the generously side bolstered seats though, there's no mistaking that you're at the wheel of this British institutional model's younger, slightly smaller and much sportier twin. For a start, you're sat a tad lower than you would be in a Range Rover, plus the more compact thicker-rimmed wheel's smaller, the upright gearstick more purposeful and the centre console higher. Perhaps that last point's the most significant as it positions the controls closer to you, creating a cocooning feel for front seat occupants. Racy then - but still regal too. You're surrounded by simply acres of expensive materials. Plenty of hi-tech too, some of it more effectively presented than others. Hard to dislike is the 12.3-inch TFT instrument screen offered on plusher versions that comes instead of the conventional dials you get on more affordable models. To replace these, the TFT approach offers lifelike digital facsimilies of the usual rev and speedo gauges, this just one of a range of customisable displays the panel can offer to suit your requirements. Off road for example, the rev counter can move aside in favour of a graphical drivetrain that shows which wheels are being driven, which diffs are locked and much more. In fact, the virtual screen can be customised to show anything from the outside temperature to navigation information, telephone system settings or wheel articulation. Less clear and intuitive are the buttons on the steering wheel which control a range of electronic options in the centre dash display. You'll need to spend some time with your nose buried in the instruction manual to figure out both these and the infotainment system, whose screen dominates the centre part of the dash and which, by voice, touch or steering wheel button, marshals everything from sat nav to seat heating, stereo sound to surround cameras. Unfortunately, it requires much familiarisation and, in our opinion, too many button pushes to access some of its many functions: four button presses to turn the heated seats off for example. Some of the stuff it does is pretty smart though. The '4x4 Info' display for example, which shows you the state of play for everything from deactivating diff locks to driving into rivers. And we're always impressed by Jaguar Land Rover's optional 'Dual View' technology which enables this 8-inch screen to simultaneously display a different image to driver and passenger. So at the wheel, you can, say, view the navigation display while your passenger watches a video. Neat. And in the back? Well it's easier to get in to this car than was the case with the MK1 version, thanks to the larger rear door aperture and the lower seating position. And, once inside, you'll find that the significant increase in wheelbase you get in this second generation Sport brings two main advantages with it: more rear seat space and, potentially, more rear seats. Settle yourself in the rear and, if you're familiar with a fully-fledged Range Rover, you'll find that a place in the back of this car is nearly as nice. The reclinable bench (which can be optionally heated and cooled) is wider and more comfortable than before and offers up 24mm more kneeroom. If you've found a variant fitted out with optional third row seating, the middle bench will also feature a mechanism able to slide it back and forth. We should point out that, as you might expect, the extra third row chairs are really only for kids and short journeys. The boot is accessed via an electrically operated tailgate (a one piece hatch rather than the two-piece item you get on a fully-fledged Range Rover). The optional full-sized spare wheel sits beneath the cargo area floor, rather than untidily dangling below the chassis as it did on the MK1 model. Bear in mind that you don't get any sort of spare wheel on a model fitted out with third row chairs - just a tyre repair kit. The cargo space with the middle row seat up is large - rated at 784-litres. That's less than the MK1 model could offer but still about 20% more bootspace than you'd get in rival BMW X5, Mercedes M-Class or Porsche Cayenne competitors. The X5 and the M-Class turn the tables when their rear seats are folded down but this Sport model's 1,761-litre total should be amply adequate for most.
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Land Rover products have been featuring much improved build quality in recent years but our owner survey revealed that the brand still has a little way to go to match its German rivals in this regard. We came across two owners who'd had serious engine problems. In one case, the engine self-destructed as the big end went. In another case, the engine failed after gearbox error messages, so look out for those on your test drive. Other things the test drive might throw up that were reported in our ownership survey include problems with steering alignment; issues with the front and rear parking sensors; a resonating vibration from the dashboard amplified by the speakers; and interior trim panels that rattle and vibrate. Otherwise, the issues tend to be niggly little things. Poor bonnet and boot alignment for example; alignment issues with the rear doors; poorly fitted rubber trim around the doors; and leather on the seats being loose and ill-fitted. Don't believe misleading reports suggesting that things like brake discs, brake pads and wiper blades wear quickly: they're actually pretty durable. What else? Well check if a tow bar has been fitted and also check the tyres for odd wear patterns. Although the Range Rover Sport is very capable off road, there are limits to its ground clearance, so inspect the underside for signs of damage to the suspension, exhaust and front valance. The volume SDV6 diesel engine is a tough unit and if you're test driving the car on a cold day, don't be worried if the Stop/Start system fails to kick in. The engine is programmed to keep running at temperatures below three degrees Celsius.
(based on 2014 Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 - approx excl. VAT) An oil filter costs around £6, though you could pay up to around £15 for a pricier brand. Brake pads sit in the £35 to £50 bracket for a set, though you could pay up to around £70 for a pricier brand. You'll pay around £115 for a timing belt (though pricier brands can charge you anything up to around £175 for a timing belt for this car). Wiper blades cost in the £6 to £13 bracket. A tail lamp will cost you around £240.
A Range Rover of any kind tends to fill you with certain expectations. It'll seat you higher up than anything in its segment, will lumber pleasantly about, roll a little through the bends and storm its way through just about anything you can throw at it off road. All of this is of course good enough for the Land Rover faithful but isn't an especially tempting proposition for the Teutonic brand buyers Solihull urgently needs to satisfy for stronger sales. The first generation Range Rover Sport didn't tempt away enough of them but the thinking was that this MK2 model might do if it could be lighter, more agile and faster. If it could really be what Designer Gerry McGovern calls the 'Porsche 911 of SUVs'. The original version of this car had no chance of even considering such a demanding brief, mainly because it weighed nearly three tonnes. In MK2 guise, it doesn't. Thanks to an exacting diet and primarily to an aluminium monocoque chassis borrowed from the fully-fledged Range Rover then redeveloped for this model, a massive 420kgs has been saved from the kerb weight - equivalent to a car-full of adults each carrying a hefty suitcase. Even if you didn't know this - even if you weren't expecting the enormous difference this ought to make - the feel you get at the wheel in what's called the 'Sports Command Driving position' anticipates a very different, far more involving driving experience than was ever delivered by this car's predecessor. The steering wheel's smaller, the seats are grippier and the full-fat Range Rover's ponderous rising circular gear selector is here replaced by a purposeful shard-like stick which seems to have been borrowed from Jaguar's F-TYPE sportscar. It controls the 8-speed ZF auto gearbox that all 'Sport' models must have, whether they be diesel, petrol or hybrid-powered. Which makes it sound like there's quite a choice, though the reality is that the vast majority of buyers will end up behind the wheel of the 292PS SDV6 diesel variant. That's mainly because this is the only version of this car that original buyers of this car could mechanically specify just as they wanted, including or deleting key driving features like the Twin Speed low range gearbox, the automatic version of the Terrain Response system and a whole arsenal of on-tarmac driver aids that improve response and sharpen up cornering. None of this was even optional on the entry-level 258PS TDV6 diesel. And, at the other extreme, you have to have it all, whether you like it or not, on the three pricey powerful models you'll find at the top of the line-up, the diesel hybrid, the 339PS diesel SDV8 and the frighteningly fast 510PS 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8. Think of the entry-level TDV6 version of this car as a kind of Range Rover Sport-lite kind of experience. It's there to give the Solihull brand a car to compete directly on price with rival Mercedes M-Class and BMW X5 models from this era. Which isn't easy given that it must still be based on high-tech Range Rover aluminium underpinnings which therefore originate from a far more exalted model that frequently sells for up to six figures. What it all meant was that something had to give in the TDV6 tech spec to keep costs down and the sticker figure competitive. Two main things actually. For on road use, buyers of the TDV6 model don't get the 'Adaptive Dynamics' continuously variable dampers that are fitted elsewhere across the range and help this car set a new standard for comfort in this class. These automatically monitor ride quality and vehicle movements 500 times a second to ensure that the suspension always suits the road you're on and the mood you're in. There are off road cut-backs too: there's no heavy duty 4WD system in the TDV6 variant - merely a simpler Torsen set-up that can't be locked in the 50/50 front torquesplit mode that serious off roaders use to ease themselves out of the stickiest situations. Which isn't necessarily a problem. We all know of course that most typical Range Rover Sport customers aren't serious off roaders. Indeed, they're people who may well be quite pleased to be able to buy a lighter, simpler version of this car. They'll point out that, thanks to 600Nm of torque, a TDV6 variant still has the same 3,500kgs towing limit that applies to any other conventional 'Sport' model. And they'll remind you that the car's still more than adequately rapid, 62mph from rest 7.6s away en route to 130mph. For all that, we can't help thinking that TDV6 buyers will be missing something in not stretching up to SDV6 level in this car. Not, it must be said, with respect to on-paper performance: that's pretty much the same. More in terms of the way it can be achieved - provided of course, that the original owner ticked the right boxes. One box in particular actually - and it's called 'Dynamic'. With an 'HSE Dynamic' or 'Autobiography Dynamic'-spec SDV6 variant, the on-road features included make this as much of a sportscar as any hefty luxury SUV is ever going to be. And whereas the original MK1 version of this model wouldn't even begin to keep up with a well driven Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5 on a twisting country road, a MK2 Range Rover Sport in Dynamic spec can do just that. Whilst at the same time embarrassing both of those two cars - and everything else in the segment - off road thanks to the low range gearbox and auto Terrain Response system we mentioned earlier, both features added in to Dynamic-spec models. Want a little more detail re the on-road Dynamic-spec stuff? We should probably give you that since this car will spend nearly all its life on tarmac. Essentially, there are three main features that make the difference. Let's start with cornering, traditionally the roly-poly downside of SUV motoring. Not here it isn't. 'Dynamic Response active lean control' does exactly what it promises, working independently on front and rear axles to dramatically reduce body roll. Encouraging you to press a little harder into tight bends and enjoy a Torque Vectoring system which works with what Land Rover calls a 'Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential' to fire you from bend to bend. Both features combine through the turns to counter both understeer and wheelspin, with the electronics lightly micro-braking whichever front wheel is threatening to lose grip. As a result, the car's kept planted, more of the power gets transmitted onto the tarmac and you feel more in control. Reassuring we'd say, especially if you happened to be at the wheel of one of the more powerful models. The SDV8 diesel manages 62mph from rest in 6.9s, while the 5.0-litre supercharged petrol model trims that back to 5.3s, with the standard versions of both variants charging on to 140mph flat out. Both are models that'll probably also see owners make good use of the third tarmac trick this car has up its sleeve: its 'Dynamic Programme'. You'll find this on the 'Terrain Response 2' system you activate via the circular dial down below the gearstick. It's a one-shot setting that when selected, instantly switches everything into red mist mode. So in one hit, you get a sharper throttle response, more responsive steering, quicker gearchanges, tighter body control and a firmer ride from the standard air suspension. Brilliant. None of which would be especially praise-worthy if, like its rivals, Land Rover had compromised this car's off road excellence in search of asphalt acceptability. But it hasn't. Even the least capable TDV6 Sport models are engineered to survive in the wild with two key features. First, there's a completely redeveloped lightweight air suspension set-up that, in terms of wheel travel and articulation, betters any other SUV save the fully fledged Range Rover. The air springs can raise the car even higher for really rough surfaces, which is why this model's 278mm maximum ground clearance figure is a massive 51mm more than the first generation version of this design could offer. And you can keep the high off road suspension setting active at higher speed (up to 50mph), which is a real boon when you're on terrain with long, rutted dirt roads. The increased height is an obvious advantage in water. It accounts for the enormous 850mm wading capability you can monitor via an optional Wade Sensing feature that shows you the depth of the water you're driving through. A visual display and warning chimes alert the driver as the water level rises around the vehicle. And while we're talking about how high this car can get off the ground, we should also mention how that facilitates an impressive approach angle of 33-degrees that'll get you up steep slopes. And once you've used the standard Hill Descent Control to ease you down them again, you'll be glad of a useful departure angle of 31-degrees. The second key mud-plugging feature we want to mention is Land Rover's acclaimed Terrain Response system which, in its most basic form, offers a choice of three selectable settings to suit the ground you're covering: 'grass/gavel/snow', 'sand' or mud/ruts'. Other rivals copied this, so the Solihull engineers developed an upgraded 'Terrain Response 2 auto' package that goes a little further with two extra settings. 'Rock Crawl' does what it promises but most useful is the 'Auto' mode which analyses the conditions you're driving in, then automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme to cope. It can also tell you when to use the low range gearbox which, as previously mentioned, along with this upgraded Terrain Response set-up makes up the off road aspect of the 'Dynamic' specification we've been talking about. Is there a caveat to all this capability? Only the one we've already alluded to, namely that the heavy duty 4x4 system that most Range Rover Sport models use - the sophisticated one you'd find on a much pricier Range Rover able to direct fully 100% of torque to either axle - is replaced by a cheaper Torsen system in the base TDV6 version of model. That Torsen set-up's far more limited, reacting to conditions that'll see it push a maximum of 62% of power to the front or up to 78% to the rear. And, as we said earlier, if you do get stuck, it can't be locked in the optimum 50:50 front-to-rear power-split ratio that any other big Range Rover would use to ease itself out. Don't get us wrong: this simpler system is all most owners will ever want or need - and it's all other SUVs provide. But for us, a Land Rover product should be head and shoulders above all other SUVs when it comes to off road access. Avoid the TDV6 engine and you'll find that this Range Rover Sport very definitely can be.
With the fully fledged Range Rover now a plutocratic purchase, it's this Sport model that for us, now most faithfully continues a model line stretching all the way back to the 1970 original. That very first Range Rover was a car you didn't have to be afraid to use as intended, on or off road. And nor is this second generation model. Get the fundamental thing right with any great design - in this case the weight - and everything else then tends to fall into place. The aluminium platform that made this car so much lighter solves at a stroke the two issues that blighted the first generation Range Rover Sport: stodgy handling and high running costs. And yes, it does leave room for proper 4WD hardware to be fitted without compromising paved road prowess. Which is something that German rivals could learn from. True, it's a pity that the entry-level TDV6 model does without some of the key on and off road features. And it's also necessary for potential customers to pay a little more than they would for some less sophisticated rivals, especially if they want to buy in at the SDV6 level that shows this car at its best. Still, the right version of this car offers exactly the right kind of luxury SUV experience for those fortunate enough to be able to enjoy it. A Range Rover Sport that's a proper Range Rover. That's sporty. And that's a class leader. Job done.
Mr M Brett - 10/10/19, owner of a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Diesel Hatchback 2.0 D180 HSE 5dr Auto
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Mr R Webb - 01/10/19, owner of a Land Rover Range Rover Sport Diesel Estate 3.0 SDV6 HSE 5dr Auto
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Mr P Roberts - 17/10/19, owner of a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Diesel 2.0 D180 HSE 5dr Auto
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