Range Rover Sport is the chariot of choice for royalty and rockstars thanks to class leading comfort more.
SITTING in a Range Rover for the first time is bit like visit to Flemington’s Birdcage enclosure during Melbourne Cup Carnival.
It’s exclusive, well worth anticipation, enjoyable for the duration, and downright sad when it ends.
Just like the Birdcage, only drawback from my interlude with Range Rover Sport was that it ended far too quickly. But I digress. Let’s get back to reality. Since 1947, Land Rover, a legendary British institution, has produced go-anywhere vehicles are tested in all kinds of extremes including monsoon simulator. Test cars drenched with 85,000 litres of water while being tilted at 45-degree angles to ensure not a single droplet will ever enter the pristine cabin when they’re sold.
It’s that kind of development and commitment explains why the Range Rover is favourite for rock stars, royals and growing number regulars. We We’rere test driving MY17 Range
Sport TDV6 SE Wagon (from
‘Adaptive dynamics, which monitors the movement of your vehicle up to 500 times per second to minimise body movement and give a flat ride.’ LAND ROVER SALES CONSULTANT NATHAN BANDY
$115,000 drive away), fitted with a host of options including the luxury pack, rear privacy glass, sliding panoramic sunroof powered blind, and a whole lot more. Our car came 3.0 litre turbo diesel, which produces 190kW delivering power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Despite its large proportions, the Range Rover’s clever use of aluminium means the Sport returns combined fuel usage at just 6.9 litres per 100km — that ‘s about 50 cent less than a mass-produced SUV from 10 years ago, and shows just how far technology and fuel efficiency has come in a relatively short period.
If you like luxury, and leather, then you’ll love the Range Rover interior because it is swathed in acres of the stuff.
The elevated driving position promotes a real sense power purpose, with an armrest on left (of course), by centre console, which is deep enough to swallow bottle of bubbly which in higher spec-trim also comes with a chilled option (of course, of course, of course). I liked the steering-wheel design, which has its very own distinct layout and controls that are easy to operate your left and right thumbs, unlike the jumble of buttons arrows instructions found on some other makes.
Our Sport came with heated front and rear seats, which might seem a little over the top until you give them try cool morning, go for a drive and then come to realisation that you’d rather stay in the car after reaching your destination than get out of it.
Drivers can select different dashboard views to include satellite-navigation instead of the traditional speedometer-tachometer display, further enhancing the car’s flair, individuality and practicality. On road Sport belies its size and weight with sharp handling, great feedback through wheel, agile performance a sure-footedness on all surfaces in all conditions, including this week’s torrential downpour. It felts solid, safe and secure at times and posed no problems navigating narrow parking spaces in supermarket car parks. The electric tailgate makes loading unloading a breeze, when you’ve tucked away your favourite bottle of choice the centre console, it will also become apparent that there are two USB charging points as well as another 12V socket to keep your devices (and children) connected at all times. Drive selection modes are accessed via a simple twist of a centrally mounted dial, and the auto stop-start can be disengaged or re-engaged depending on your preference. Speaking preference, it would fair to assume that no two Range Rovers alike leave the showroom, such are myriad options available buyers across range in all specifications. Personalising your Rover opens up an array of distinctive colour combinations inside and out.
In yet another throwback to its heritage, you can order a Range Rover with a contrasting roof colour to the body — from crisp white or legendary British Racing Green contrasting black roof. I’d be happy either, but if they’re not your cup of Twinings English breakfast, fear not, as there are about 30 combinations available.
That personalisation is a big part the car’s appeal, according to Rex Gorell Land Rover’s Nathan Bandy.
“We have range of options available on Range Rover Sport, meaning our cars are very personalised for clients’ needs,’’ he said.
“The styling the Range Rover Sport is what captures customers’ interest.
comfort this car road will feel instantly different to competition, due in no small part some of in-built driving technologies such as adaptive dynamics, which monitors the movement your vehicle up to 500 times per second minimise body
and give a flat ride. “We also have some world-first technology,
advanced tow assist, uses a circular controller to back your trailer into parking space. The full trajectory of the is shown on the 10-inch touchscreen.
“Apart from look car, our customers love towing ability (3.5 tonnes) and low fuel economy (from 6.9l/100km) our diesel engines, and air suspension, which lowers when stopped to allow easy access for the smaller ones in the family climb in.’’
The Range Rover Sport certainly has a host of Birdcage-like qualities, but backs it up even further with a truckload more substance.
Especially British Racing Green, with black roof, in the Flemington Nursery car park.
In my dreams.