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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.

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