adults and suitcase for each.
Cabin quality has to be felt to be appreciated. vious week, despite the Sport being 500kg heavier. Its immense output goes to the ground as immediately as you wish, and seemingly in any cornering attitude, seldom activating the electronic safety nets. It just shouldn’t be this adept— especially when a little over an hour later it is descending a 45-degree dirt gradient like a lushly upholstered mountain goat with minimal driver input.
Yet while performance reaches new highs for an SUV with this badge, ride remains that of Range Rover — cosseting and unruffled, even while the tastefully tuned note of the bent eight is roaring.
Driving the top diesel in similar conditions the next day should be a massive anticlimax and in truth anything feels underdone after the visceral punch of the supercharged petrol monster. That it isn’t a bum note has much to do with it sounding hardly at all like a diesel.
Launched on a runway drag contest it cannot scale the top model’s heights but it’s speed rises steadily, born along by almost equivalent torque. In the real world, the SDV6 will leave little cause for complaint.