2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport | new car review
Exterior design is a real headturner.
Fuel economy isn't its strongest point.
The 2015 Range Rover Sport is your typical Land Rover; its square-ish features brandishing their sharp edges and looking all high and mighty. It is a great-looking set of wheels, the Sport, and to those who are not quite so familiar with their cars, could be mistaken for a proper Range Rover. Square head lamp units contain circular projectors, angular vents on the side add sharpness, and its rear is reminiscent of the famous 4×4 of the 1980’s.
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport boasts a fantastic interior, with its swooshing centre console and leather trimmed dash. Everything about the inside feels like a modern Land Rover should; luxurious. Much like on the LR4, a sense of British tradition has been injected into the feel, for example an analogue clock sits in the middle of the beige fascia. For a mid-sized SUV, you’d have to look for a long time before you found anything better.
Land Rover built the Sport with a view to both, luxury refinement and off-road capability. Handling is always a fundamental problem with cars of this type, and as such Land Rover have packed it out with all manner of performance enhancing tricks, such as: electronic traction control, stability control, roll stability, and adaptive suspension. Understandably, the Sport is not what you would call economical, with 15 litres giving you 100km in exchange.
What’s on offer?
Five variants of the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport are on offer, starting with the HSE S at a gentleman’s AED 349,000 and rising up to a whopping AED 559,000 for the oddly-named Autobiography Dynamic. All the usual bells and whistles are on offer, and you can either have your Range Rover Sport with a 3.0 litre supercharged V6, or a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 under the hood.
It’s a tricky one, this. The Sport is a great looking, well-equipped, luxury SUV that also goes off-road. It is only marginally smaller than the flagship Range Rover, with the HSE models being much cheaper. But then the top models of the Sport are the same as all but the top Range Rover. If you can afford one, buy one. You won’t regret it, unless you park next to slightly bigger Range Rover. But even then you might give yourself a smile, because for less money you very nearly have the same car.
|Specifications||2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0L||2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 5.0L||2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.0 litre supercharged / V6||5.0 litre supercharged / V8||5.0 litre supercharged / V8|
|Max Power |
|335 hp @ 6,500 RPM||503 hp @ 6,500 RPM||542 hp @ 6,500 RPM|
|450 Nm @ 3,500 RPM||625 Nm @ 2,500 RPM||680 Nm @ 2,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||8 speed automatic||8 speed automatic||8 speed automatic|
|Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.2 secs||5.3 secs||4.7 secs|
|Top speed||210 km/h||250 km/h||260 km/h|
|Price||AED 349,000||AED 479,000||AED 569,000|