Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 01 Jun 2019
With a commanding stance, imposing looks and badge to follow, the Range Rover Sport has made a serious name for itself since its inception. Now Land Rover has given its some refreshed looks and impressive additional kit to match. We spent some time exploring the latest-generation king of street-cred and luxurious off-road prowess.
Price: R1,622,223 (May 2019)
Engine: 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel
Power/Torque: 225 kW/700 Nm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 7.0 L/100 km
Load capacity: 780 (Seats Upright) to 1 686 litres (Seats Dropped Flat)
The Key Changes?
Building on the incredibly popular product from the brand, Land Rover has taken the already winning formula that is the Range Rover Sport and added some new more “Velar’ish” styling which brings a refreshed grille, LED front and rear lights and some new design elements which overall modernise its image.
The other very notable change comes through on the inside. The cabin space has always been a place of sheer luxury. Leather-wrapped panels adorn the dashboard and interior door cards, with great big metallised surfaces breaking the interior design elements. The whole space is further brought to life by the inclusion of the dual-central media displays.
As we first saw on the Velar, the new RR Sport now features two massive 10-inch displays at the centre of the cabin with the familiar Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) media interface. There are a plethora of buttons in view, however, owing to clever placement, it doesn’t feel overwhelming. The high-res screens respond quickly to touch and pack all your media and navigation wants.
Street Cred on Road, Prowess Off
Whether riding on the 20-inch wheels as featured on this particular vehicle or optioned to the larger 22-inch alloys, you cannot deny the curb appeal and head-turning presence of a Range Rover.
The 3.0-litre turbodiesel big block V6 under the bonnet pushed out a very healthy 225 kW and 700 Nm of torque. Though this performance is already pretty mighty, don’t forget that Range Rover offers the sport with the option of a supercharged petrol model with an output of 250 kW and 450 Nm. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the SDV6 is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 kph in 7.1 seconds, a pretty mighty time considering its overall girth and its ability to remain reasonably frugal with a claimed combined 7.0-litres/100 km fuel economy figure.
This latest-generation Range Rover Sport continues its tradition of providing an elegant marriage of what is one part sporty, one part large and practical and one part off-road capable. While it carries a rather hefty price tag, it packs the latest in style, tech and innovation and perhaps most importantly that might Range Rover badge.
The new Range Rover Sport is, therefore, a very worthy competitor against the likes of the BMW X5 M50d, Audi Q8 and Porsche Cayenne S for instance and one which will certainly sell itself well if it fits in with your lifestyle and budget.