Range Rover Sport review - more entertaining than you might expect - Design

Hugely capable off-roader that makes you question the relevance of the regular Range Rover

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from £61,255
  • Fast, comfy, capable SUV
  • Huge size and weight; image problem

Design

Land Rover is eager to point out how much weight has been shed compared to the Sport’s predecessor, its aluminium monocoque platform a claimed 39 per cent lighter than the previous car’s less sophisticated steel setup. Popping the car on the scales reveals the news to be less exciting, though; at 2469kg as tested, this is still a bulky car.

Taking many of its design cues – and its overall silhouette – from the hugely successful Range Rover Evoque, the second-generation Sport looks rather more athletic that its predecessor. Its styling belies its mammoth size, though, and at 4850mm long and 2073mm wide, multi-story car parks and tightly packed streets could serve up more than a little stress. Numerous cameras and sensors are an artificial way of easing the pain.

There’s no escaping this car’s bulk, and it feels predictably over the top in the urban environment which a lot of its buyers will restrain it to. For some, its sheer audacity in its surroundings is the very basis of its opulence; for others, it will be a real turn off. You likely already know which camp you fall into.

Entry-level Range Rover Sport HSEs ride on 20in alloy wheels as standard, while the Autobiography Dynamic trim lavished upon larger-engined variants comes with 21in rims, though 22in wheels are an option across the range. Starting at £3120, they’re the only way to access the full 155mph top speed of the supercharged petrol model.

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