The newly available third generation of the smaller series impresses with a very elegant design that may even have too few rough edges for brand purists Photo: Land Rover
With the third generation Range Rover Sport, the British focus more than ever on cool design, flawless craftsmanship and a high level of comfort. However, the additional designation ‘Sport’ should not be taken too seriously in this context.
The once proud British car industry has shrunk to a few brands that are also in Indian hands (Land Rover, Jaguar) or – shockingly – even in German hands (Mini). There are also a few Japanese manufacturers who settled on the island a few decades ago and firmly believed in European unity and the common sense of its inhabitants.
Of the British brands, Land Rover/Range Rover is certainly the most typical of its country of origin at the moment, as Jaguar is currently in the midst of upheaval and looking for its own path, and Mini has become a more or less random lifestyle brand with little connection to its British, has origins and could come from virtually any country in its pale internationality.
But we finally get our tweed jacket out of the closet and get into the test car – a Range Rover Sport. The third generation of the smaller series, which has recently become available, impresses with a very elegant design that may even have too few rough edges for brand purists. The high-quality body is cool and manages without a flashy appearance. You could rather call it almost discreet if it weren’t for the sheer dimensions of the vehicle, which is 4.95 meters long and 2.04 meters wide even with the side mirrors folded in.
Inside, the designers also focus on restrained comfort with the highest processing quality. From his high-quality seat, the driver looks at large displays and a razor-sharp head-up display. Apart from a few small things, the service presents no puzzles. However, the speech recognition for a car with a basic price of almost 100,000 euros is far too hard of hearing. On the other hand, we found the many assistance systems good, mainly because they are as subtle as the entire vehicle and don’t abuse the driver with constant overcautious beeps or similar warning sounds.
From these first impressions, it is already clear: the addition of “sport” should not be taken too literally with this Range Rover. This version is mainly 10 centimeters shorter than the large original, the roofline slopes slightly backwards and therefore it seems “It’s a little less airy. But we thought that was quite comfortable because the interior is still spacious, but in the end seems a little more cozy. There is still plenty of space for luggage Anyone going on a skiing holiday in St. Moritz for two can Take skis and champagne in a luggage capacity of almost 1,900 liters Have fun and feel good.
The engine we have chosen matches the sublime appearance and the same level of seating comfort: the name 300d already indicates the performance of horsepower, the maximum torque of 650 Newton meters available at 1,500 revolutions discreetly educates the driver to a relaxed driving style, especially since the diesel is used even hardly belongs. Cover long distances smoothly, if possible not over 180 km/h – because then the wind noise increases significantly – which suits the vehicle, the gentle eight-speed automatic gearbox and is at the same time easy on the wallet. We were very happy with around 10 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, certainly also thanks to the mild hybrid support, especially since you can achieve values between 8 and 9 liters with a little more restraint. Not bad for a vehicle that weighs 2.5 tonnes.
Road sports are also surprisingly dynamic given the volume. At least compared to the big Range Rover, it’s downright agile, takes corners confidently with its four-wheel drive and, thanks to body roll control, always stays upright in a way that’s easy on the stomach.
We pull the tweed off again and therefore conclude: While the Range Rover now seems to go beyond all SUV dimensions in terms of dimensions and price, while the Evoque and Velar meanwhile are getting a little old, the Range Rover Sport can like the bottom line within row cosmos has to be the currently best combination of modernity, tradition and common sense. As far as you have to talk about sense at all with these models, their costs, their dimensions and their consumption.
Range Rover Sport D300 specifications:
Five-person, five-seat SUV; Length: 4.95 m, width: 2.04 m, height: 1.82 m, wheelbase: 3.00 m, boot volume: 647 – 1,860 liters
3.0 liter six-cylinder in-line, mild hybrid, 221 kW/300 hp, maximum torque: 650 Nm at 1,500 rpm, 8-speed automatic, four-wheel drive, 0-100 km/h: 6.6 s, Vmax: 218 km , standard consumption: 8.1 liters/100 kilometers, CO2 emissions: 211 g/km, emission standard: Euro 6d, test consumption: 11.5 liters/100 kilometers
Price: from 96,800 euros
Range Rover Sport D300 – brief features:
Why: luxurious interior; high level of comfort; creamy diesel; quite flexible for the size
Why not: expensive to buy and maintain; weak voice recognition
What else: Range Rover for more comfort; for more terrain in the Defender