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Little brother is better at Sport; ROBIN ROBERTS.

IT seems as if Land Rover cannot put a wheel wrong with the Range Rover brand.

The iconic go-anywhere luxury model has spawned more siblings than some members of the Royal family, and the latest all-wheel-drive aristocrat is the Range Rover Sport.

You may wonder how a vehicle as big as this could be classed Sport, but it is more agile than the bigger brother Range Rover with which it shares a strong family resemblance. It proves that inbreeding can pay dividends.

The latest Range Rover Sport series follows a highly successful trail and comes to market with three engine choices, 3.0 normally aspirated or charged diesel V6s and supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol, all with eight-speed automatic boxes and stop/start technology in SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic trim levels. fast MODEL: Sport SDV6 PRICE: PSMECHANICAL: 2,993cc V6 driving all 8spd automatic MAX SPEED: 0.60MPH: COMBINED 37.7mpg CO2 EMISSIONS: 199gkm INSURANCE BIK RATING: WARRANTY: unlimited We tried the anticipated best-seller, the mid-range SDV6 HSE with Oxford leather upholstery, ebony carpet and micromesh aluminium veneer trim, which really sets the quality standard, and the more powerful forced-induction 24-valve 3.0-litre V6 diesel pushing out 34bhp more than the entry-level model.

That packs a hefty amount of torque at 2,000rpm for strong overtaking and towing capabilities up to 3.5 tonnes and with the standard eight-speed auto box, plus selectable drive and transmission modes, you are ready for anything ahead.

Variable power steering and 'intelligent' brakes, which will not lock up but actually assist in severe off-road conditions, are further aids to maintaining progress.

Access is good for everyone, including into the back if you specify the additional two rearmost seats which turn it into a sevenseater.

Rover. The loadbed takes 784 to 1,761 litres depending on configuration and oddments room is good throughout.

292bhp, diesel engine wheels via gearbox For such a big vehicle it affords good sightlines backed up by parking sensors, excellent powerful 130mph seconds MPG: lights and massive wipers both front and rear.

GROUP: 43 31% 3years/ It can be a little noisy under hard acceleration but cruising is quiet and even the big wheels and tyres are not overly intrusive.

It's a testament to the delightfullymatched V6 engine and the eight-speed box that we managed to stay above 29mpg and even went to 39mpg, which exceeds the claimed average, and that is almost unheard of.

The precision of the major controls is reinforced by the quality feel to the secondary switches and buttons.

I felt the new Range Rover Sport was a model I could live with and use in so many ways without ever thinking I could do with something else.

fast facts MODEL: Range Rover Sport SDV6 PRICE: PS59,995 MECHANICAL: 292bhp, 2,993cc V6 diesel engine driving all four wheels via 8spd automatic gearbox MAX SPEED: 130mph 0?60MPH: 6.8 seconds COMBINED MPG: 37.7mpg CO2 EMISSIONS: 199gkm INSURANCE GROUP: 43 BIK RATING: 31% WARRANTY: 3years/ unlimited miles

It's a testament to the delightfully-matched V6 engine and the eight-speed box that we managed to stay above 29mpg and even went to 39mpg, which exceeds the claimed average, and that is almost unheard of. ''

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 6, 2013
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