Ingeniu- s boost to economy
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