In­ge­niu- s boost to econ­omy

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

is op­er­ated via the big colour screen. So take the Range Rover Sport off- road and you now get handy feed­back on the sta­tus of things such as the Wade Sens­ing sys­tem and where the front wheels are point­ing. Also in­cluded this year is Drive As­sist where sur­round- view cam­eras help with low- speed ma­noeu­vring when ca­vort­ing around the coun­try­side.

It is great to drive with han­dling that laughs in the face of its bulk mak­ing it nim­ble in cor­ners and a plea­sure to part­ner on coun­try lanes.

Spend­ing more on a car than I spent on my first house en­ti­tles you to ex­pect lux­ury and the Range Rover Sport does not dis­ap­point.

The at­ten­tion to de­tail in the cabin is ex­em­plary with a high qual­ity fit and fin­ish and am­ple space for five adults to be trans­ported in style – a seven- seater ver­sion is also avail­able.

The boot is large so there is no trouble swal­low­ing their lug­gage with the top- hinged pow­ered bootlid open­ing off the key fob giv­ing easy ac­cess.

The HSE model I tested launches the range but it is in no way ba­sic as a raft of kit and equip­ment is in­cluded. There is also a bun­dle of op­tional extras you can add, but be care­ful as costs can quickly mount.

The neat features added to my mo­tor - in­clud­ing screens in the back of the front- seat head­rests al­low­ing rear- seat pas­sen­gers to watch DVDs or TV, a head- up dis­play for the driver and a slid­ing panoramic roof – put an­other £ 20,000- plus on the pric­etag.

First in­tro­duced in 2005, the Range Rover Sport was the friskier and cheaper al­ter­na­tive to the full- fat Range Rover. Over the years it has proved to be some­thing of a phe­nom­e­non, be­com­ing one of the most suc­cess­ful mo­tors Land Rover has ever made. The lat­est mod­i­fi­ca­tions seem set to en­hance that pop­u­lar­ity. Model: Range Rover Sport SD4 HSE Price: £ 60,015 Me­chan­i­cal: 240bhp, 1999cc, 4cyl diesel en­gine driv­ing all wheels via eight- speed au­to­matic gear­box Max speed: 128mph 0- 60mph: 8.3 sec­onds Com­bined mpg: 45.6 In­sur­ance group: 44 CO2 emis­sions: 172g/ km BiK rat­ing: 36% War­ranty: 3yrs/ un­lim­ited miles

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