Tag: Range Rover Sport
We’d like to introduce you to the 2016 Range Rover Sport TD6. A highly refined diesel variant of the Range Rover sport that stands up to the gasoline version in nearly every way, while surpassing it in a few areas. It’s a truly rugged vehicle that should be considered by someone looking for a mix of power, performance, luxury and efficiency.
Nobody Knew it Was Diesel
Land Rover had a group of people test out the Range Rover Sport TD6 in a blind test setting and not one of the drivers was able to identify that the vehicle was a diesel model at all. That’s pretty shocking news, and something that future buyers should take note of. Even well-made diesels today have some characteristics that give them away a bit. For instance, most of the modern diesels are still quite a bit louder than your standard gasoline engine, according to all the testers who took the TD6 out for a drive, this isn’t so with the Range Rover model.
Land Rover went to a great deal of trouble to make the Range Rover Sport TD6 as quiet as possible. The engine block is composed of compacted graphite iron, that helps reduce the vibration from the engine noticeably. A series of engine mounts help to smooth the engine further and a specially designed acoustic windshield that’s been laminated for additional soundproofing is also in place to make the cabin quieter overall. While driving at highway speeds the engine is nearly inaudible, and another surprising thing is that the sound proofing doesn’t just help on the inside of the vehicle. Walk around the Range Rover Sport TD6 while it’s running and you’ll barely hearing the humming engine below.
Tough Offroad Prowess
If you’re crazy enough to take this 60K+ luxury vehicle to more rugged terrain, you’ll be very happy with the performance it puts out. This SUV can tackle steep ascents and descents with ease. It has plenty of ground clearance to get you over even the most uneven terrain, and you’ll love bringing it camping, or anywhere else that takes you off the beaten path a bit.
Light on its Feet
The Range Rover Sport TD6 weighs in at around 5,000 lbs, and it still manages to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 7.1 seconds. that’s very quick, and it’s clear the vehicle is packing some serious power as soon as you step on the pedal. That’s thanks to the TD6 engine that offers 254 HP and a massive 440 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s just a touch slower than the gasoline version, and zips past other vehicles gleefully while out on the open highway. The Rover manages 25 MPG combined, and achieves a whopping 28 MPG in highway driving conditions.
Inside the Range Rover Sport TD6 you’ll be treated to a luxurious view that you would expect from any Land Rover vehicle. Supple leather coats the highly supportive seats both front and back. Fine wood and soft touch accents abound throughout the cabin. A competent media system sits above the center console and a range of cool feature are available through buttons right on that console.
The market for a Range Rover Sport is markedly limited, which is to be expected with the massive price tag that comes with it, but any buyer that decides on the TD6 variant is likely to be overjoyed with the performance. It’s a real treat to drive, and likely one of the most refined diesel models on the market today.
When the U.S. News & World Report Best Cars for Families are chosen, the judges are looking for vehicles that are going to offer a high level of reliability, comfort and the level of performance that families want and need to get through standard use. While looking through vehicle the Range Rover Sport was chosen as the 2015 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families thanks to its unique blend of top level luxury with family-friendly features.
19 different category leaders are selected providing the ideal family vehicle of each standard type out on the road. In order to get a real feel for the vehicles that judges are looking at, a blend of professional auto reviews, safety and reliability ratings as well as an actual measure of interior space and finally the family-oriented features that are available in each vehicle. When all of these different factors are taken into account a winner is selected.
What The Judges Liked about the Range Rover
When judges looked over the Range Rover Sport they were surprised to see all the family-friendly features in the vehicle. It comes with an advanced media system for entertainment, and a spacious interior with comfortable seating for up to seven people. The vehicle is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control a rearview camera and a navigation system. The vehicle comes with an eight-speaker sound system so everyone can hear the music, even at the back. The SUV is designed to handle rough terrain, and smoothly glides over standard roads. Its such a capable vehicle that’s favored by off-road enthusiasts, but also makes an excellent upscale option for families who value comfort.
The Range Rover Sport benefits from many of the same all-terrain capabilities that the Land Rover is known for, but it comes with a sportier stance that handles very smoothly while out on the road as well. The 5+2 seating is room enough for most families, and offers plenty of cargo room when it isn’t in use.
For these reasons the Range Rover Sport was chosen as the best luxury family option with three seats of space. It’s not the most affordable family-friendly option that you could choose, but it is one of the best luxury values if you really want to spoil your family. If you want a highly-capable ride that you can take with you on camping trips or to go pick up a full load of groceries comfortably the Range Rover is a good bet. It’s not the most practical option, but it has an enticing blend of luxury and enjoyable features that will make any family feel pampered.
When I heard that Land Rover was releasing an updated version of their Range Rover I knew I had to take it for a test drive. Range Rovers are always fun to drive and the 2014 edition was no different. Not only does this model feature a new updated look that is all masculine SUV, but its performance is kicked up a notch with slightly more refinement as well. It’s a ride that everyone should experience at least once.
Performance and Handling
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes in two different performance flavors. It’s either equipped with a V6 engine that provides plenty of power, or a monstrous supercharged V8 that’s over the top but a heck of a lot of fun to drive around.
The V8 provides a whopping 510 horsepower and 461 lb.-ft. of torque for very fast acceleration. Both of these models are tied to an eight speed automatic transmission that can be operated with paddle shifters. The center and rear differentials are electronically locking for improved control in varied conditions. The Terrain Response System, automatically locks and unlocks both differentials to improve driving conditions, while the constant four-wheel drive gives this vehicle plenty of traction.
Seven Driving Modes
The Land Rover Range Rover features six different driving modes and the Sport edition comes with one more. The automatic setting alters performance levels to meet with the varied conditions that you come into contact with. It is also equipped with a grass/gravel/snow setting, one for mud/ruts, one for sand, a rock crawl and general setting for clear roads. The sport edition also features a dynamic mode that is for high-performance driving.
Quick downshifts and upshifts paired with a high-powered engine make the Range Rover sport very fun to drive. Press firmly on the pedal and it screams to life leaping ahead and passing the speed limit in mere moments. The throttle provides refined control but it does take some getting used to in order to operate it smoothly. The V8 model also has a nice throaty growl during hard accelerations. The supercharged V6 model isn’t quite as exciting to drive, but it isn’t sluggish either. Sufficient acceleration and plenty of control make it an enjoyable option.
Even though this Rover is designed for rough driving conditions it was also built to glide smoothly down the road. With an air suspension and active dampers most bumps and ruts in a standard road will go completely unnoticed.
The new Range Rover has a sporty look that models the Evoque more than anything else. The large wraparound headlights give the front a modern look and the LED accents only serve to enhance the effect. The small side grilles are a nice touch that give the front an intricate look and the textured side-sill is another small touch that help complete this overall package.
The 2014 Range Rover is luxurious on the inside with a fabric coated dash and soft touch materials throughout. Knobs and controls are accented by textured aluminum for a modern look. While sitting in the driver’s seat the high ride-height creates high visibility driving conditions and the highly adjustable seat provide plenty of support for a more comfortable ride. The high seat position in this Rover does make getting in and out of it a bit more challenging however.
One weakness in this highly refined interior was the multimedia system that Land Rover used. The 8-inch touchscreen is cumbersome to use and the menus are difficult to navigate. Overall the system feels a bit dated and can’t stand up to some of the more refined systems out on the market today.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport isn’t a vehicle that you’ll forget about after driving. Its high powered acceleration, luxury interior and great ride quality all make it into an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. While many people won’t want to pay the premium prices for this SUV (over 80K) those who do will certainly be getting their money’s worth.
Land Rover is the most successful nameplate in this year’s 4×4 Magazine awards, securing two class wins and the ultimate 4×4 of the year title.
It was the new Range Rover Sport that took on competition from 24 of the market’s finest all-wheel drive models to take both the Premium class and the overall 2014 honor. Meanwhile, the Ranger Rover Evoque proved itself by claiming honors in the Top Range SUV class. The Land Rover Defender was “highly recommended” in the Hardcore class and the new Range Rover was second only to its Range Rover Sport sibling in the Premium category.
Presenting the results in the winter issue of 4×4 Magazine, Editor Nigel Fryatt said: “The Range Rover Sport is a worthy winner of the prestigious 2014 4×4 of the Year award. Indeed it is such a significant vehicle that you wonder if it is the best product ever to come from the Land Rover stable, of any era.”
After putting the Range Rover Sport through its paces, the judges gave it an unmatched 90 per cent score, highlighting the 3.0-litre SDV6 engine, on-road handling, off-road prowess, towing ability, comfort and design as its stand-out features.
Their report hailed the model as the “revelation of the premium group, if not the whole test” and made special reference to the quality of the Terrain Response 2 system for tackling all kinds of off-road scenarios. Where on-road performance is concerned, they declared the Range Rover Sport is “a pure pleasure to drive” and referenced the contribution made by its independent air suspension on ride quality.
The Range Rover Evoque once again proves that Land Rover’s advanced styling and premium quality are not at the expense of true all-terrain performance. The Evoque topped the Top Range SUV class, netting an 88 percent score from judges who claim that they appreciated its “boldly styled and superbly crafted interior.” They also liked the fact that it has “the handling feel of a sport car half its size.” Design, on-road handling and off-road competence were singled out as the qualities defining its success.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks, said: “These awards are very much appreciated, not least because 4×4 Magazine subjects its awards contenders to such rigorous, expert scrutiny.
“The results help demonstrate that we are successfully pushing the boundaries of all-terrain vehicle engineering and design to address the changing requirements of today’s customers. We have a great heritage, but it is vital that we continue to build on that foundation with models like Evoque, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport that deliver in terms of style, premium quality and on-road handling as well as fundamental all-terrain capabilities.”
Jaguar Land Rover achieved a remarkable triple success at the 2013 Scottish Car of the Year Awards, with honors going to the new Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-TYPE sports car.
The Jaguar F-TYPE beat stiff competition to win the Sporting category award, impressing the judges – some of Scotland’s most important motoring journalists – with its elegant design, formidable performance and impressive customer appeal.
Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said, “We have waited a very long time for the Jaguar F-TYPE, more than four decades in fact, but this year’s Sporting winner does it with panache. It also does it with elegance, superb performance and complete desirability.”
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, accepted the award at a ceremony in Glasgow and commented, “This award is a wonderful recognition of the efforts invested in creating the new F-TYPE. It is a sports car that reaffirms the brand’s sporting heritage in both its performance and design.”
Range Rover received the Best Luxury Car Award, an acknowledgement of how Land Rover has continued to develop the quality, comfort and refinement of the fourth generation vehicle.
Alisdair Suttie said, “Luxury comes in many forms, but the Range Rover brings together such a broad range of talents, it stands head and shoulders above the competition. It also brings innovative design, supreme comfort and world-beating style.”
The all-new Range Rover Sport was also named Scottish SUV of the Year. Sharing the same lightweight construction principles with its larger sibling, and built on the same highly efficient production line at Land Rover‘s Solihull plant, the new Range Rover Sport has made significant advances in handling, performance and customer appeal.
“A good SUV has to be many things: good looking, roomy, comfortable and ideally great both on road and off,” said Alisdair Suttie. “Thanks to an all-aluminium lightweight body that has helped it lose 400kg, the latest Range Rover Sport is all those things, as well as being much faster and surprisingly economical. Factor in the availability of a seven-seat option and we think this is the best SUV available on the roads of Scotland today.”