Range Rover Sport SD4 S
Range Rover was once a vehicle, suitable for transporting Golden Retrievers, Hermès blankets and wicker baskets. Now, it is an iconic umbrella brand, sitting on an ever-expanding portfolio of luxury and capable off-road SUVs.
Full-size Autobiography SV is a supercharged V8 mother, giving 400 thousand dollars a bit seriously, while at the other end of the spectrum, an entry-level Evoque helps you become a member of the Club Range Rover for only one eighth.
In the middle, the medium-sized Velar was recently launched and the Range Rover Sport. As the name implies, the latter is an agile vehicle, five and seven seats, designed to please those who consider corners to be an opportunity rather than an obstacle.
Until recently, the Range Rover Sport’s engine options were limited to six or eight cylinders arranged in a V-shape, with turbines or superchargers mounted brazenly.
But the inclusion of a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine has expanded customers’ choices and reintroduced a starting point of less than $ 100k for high-end, high-end Sport models.
The question is, does this engine option meet the lofty standards set by more charismatic and prestigious brethren?
Is there anything interesting about its design? October 8
The compact Evoque is clearly a design turning point for Range Rover. Its launch, in 2008, coincided with the transfer of ownership of Land Rover, from a stranded Ford of the GFC, to the Indian automobile giant, Tata.
A follow-up cash flow and a new level of autonomy allow Land Rover’s design director Gerry McGocate to push a future focus concept from the Geneva motorbike floor to full production, almost constant. It is a great achievement, and a successful sales.
The Range Rover Sport brings all the characteristics of what has evolved into a special and durable design language.
With a length of 4.85m, it has a shorter overall length than many competitors, but a considerable 2.9m wheelbase brings a wheel planted in each angular posture, not to mention internal space. generous.
The combination of steep windshields and xenon headlamps that look like a wind tunnel smeared them around the front of the guardians, giving this large beast a great and unified look. . The drag coefficient of 0.34 is an impressive number for such a vertical vehicle.
The elements featured as a clamshell bonnet, with the Ranger Rover script proudly adorning its leading edge, as well as the slope of the roof contour, and the ratio of glass to sheet metal, refined. it repeated the original in 1970, while it was expected to be more than 1,000 times.
The profile is clean and simple, with long, horizontal character lines neatly dividing doors and slopes.
Behind the tip of the tip, with a familiar long-lasting treatment applied to the tail lights, LED lights feature houses. And just in case you forget the car you’re driving, the classic Range Rover extends the cargo door (again, according to the first generation Rangie).
Minimalist furniture that reflects the Range Rover design team is determined to reduce complexity, with a 10.2-inch touch screen that takes on many functions controlled by switches and dials.
The remaining buttons and knobs are mostly connected to heating and ventilation systems, not to mention turning on and off the vehicle.
Calm serenity and a high-level feeling below the result. A beautifully trimmed vinyl and fabric mixture around the seats and doors, with brushed metal elements on the center console, doors, tools and steering wheel add a moderate amount of light right. The only disappointment was the carpet, the bargain floor.
How realistic is the space inside? October 7
Not surprisingly, there is plenty of space provided in the front of the Sport, with a healthy door aperture that makes entry and exit easy.
But in setting up an appropriate seating position, the first obstacle (extremely uncomfortable) trying to push your hand in position can buy enough on the backrest adjustment wheel to really move it. .
Its location, tightly tied between the seat and column B, is what they call in trading, a giant rooster, unless you have fairy hands. During our testing, anyone in the front seat had to go out, slide the seat forward and adjust the backrest angle from the side of the car. It looks and feels like a re-thinking.
However, when you have managed to set up the seat, there is a lot of storage space provided, with two large cups in the center console, a proper glove box and a lid with a lid between the seats. .
There are also two 12 volt sockets and a pair of USB ports. But don’t try to put your drink bottle in the door pocket, they don’t have the shape to contain them.
Sitting behind the driver’s seat, placing a 183cm frame, my head and legroom are good, and Sport is really wide enough for three full-size people to sit through the back seat without being crushed.
There is a big sign for controllable vents for rear passengers, as well as 12-volt sockets, plus two cupholders and grid trays in central folds. There is also a map net bag on the back of the front seat and a bottle-size box at the entrance.
With 60/40 folding folding rear seats, the cargo volume is 784 liters handy, developing into a 1761-liter mammoth as they fold forward.
There is another 12 volt outlet there, as well as four binding points, four shopping bag hooks, pull-out load space lids, and proper lighting. Optional auto Tail Tailgate Gesture, equipped for our test car proved itself in weapons-filled situations, and a full-sized alloy spare part under the floor.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with? October 8
Sport SD4 S effectively replaces the TDV6 S, removed from the Australian market in August last year and at $ 90,900, immediately becoming the most economical way in the line.
It is a modest price according to the standard Range Rover Sport, but still a solid figure, and not surprisingly, there are many standard equipment included.