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The Range Rover Sport has all the credentials you’d expect of a flagship SUV – from its desirable image to its undeniable comfort and refinement. But in fact, despite its bulging tech specification, the Sport isn’t actually Land Rover’s top model.
However, even as an understudy to the full-fat Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport is far from overshadowed – indeed, many will find that it ticks more boxes than its more expensive stablemate. You can have it with seven seats, for starters, even though it’s slightly smaller overall. This makes it a solid rival for the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE.
Despite its name, it doesn’t exactly shrink around you like a sports car, but the Range Rover Sport is enjoyable to drive nevertheless. With air suspension and a sophisticated four-wheel drive system, it’s in its element off the beaten track, too; this is where its Land Rover heritage shines through most brightly.
So not only will it cope with thick mud, it’s just as willing to get stuck into family life. Its sumptuous interior has seats for up to seven, and long journeys will pass smoothly and quietly. Like all such cars, though, the Range Rover Sport won’t be cheap to run, and it’s price tag is pretty intimidating, too.
But is it justified? How does it compare to Luxury SUV rivals when it comes to driver appeal, interior space and running costs? Read on and we’ll tell you, as well as exploring which trim levels and engines make the most sense.
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