Land Rover first introduced the Range Rover Sport in 2005 as a sportier alternative to the full- sized Range Rover. The Range Rover Sport is aimed towards keener drivers and competes with the likes of the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. The Range Rover sport is built from all- aluminium making it lower, shorter and 45kg lighter than the original Range Rover meaning it feels more agile and works great both on and off road. The Range Rover Sport is available in a single five-door bodystyle, with the new generation introducing an optional third row of seats in the rear, making it the first 7 seat Range Rover. There are a number of different trim levels available on the Range Rover Sport starting with the HSE as the entry-level trim, also available are the HSE Dynamic, HST, Autobiography Dynamic and the high performance SVR model. All models of the Range Rover Sport are fitted with Land Rover Adaptive Dynamics which adjusts the air suspension and electronic controls, it also includes a Dynamic Mode to minimise body roll and maximise grip. Powered tailgates are standard across the range and an 8-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard with all models.
Most of the cars functions are controlled by 2 touchscreens both of which are 10 inches in size. the top screen is used to display the Sat Nav as is controlled via touchscreen, while the lower screen controls the temerature of the vehicle as well as the car settings and off road controls. The 2 front seats come with a wide range of adjustments all of which are electric and there’s a generous amount of space including legroom for both front and rear passengers, the rear seats can also be tilted back and forward to suit and there is plenty of storage inside including 2 glove boxes and large central stowage under the armrest.
The Range Rover Sport has a variety of different engines on offer consisting of Petrol, Diesel and a Hybrid. The first engine in the petrol range is the Si4 which is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, next is the P360 Turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. Also available is the powerful P400 which uses a mild hybrid system powered by a 48v battery, an integrated start generator and an electric supercharger. Available in the higher spec models is the V8 Supercharged 5.0-litre engine. The more popular range of diesel engines on offer are the SDV6 3.0-litre engine, and the 4.4-litre V8 badged SDV8. The final engine available is the P400e plug in hybrid which uses a 2.0-litre 4 cylinder ingenium petrol engine that drives exclusively on electric and has a low co2 emission.