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Video: Range Rover Sport

Alexandra Legouix takes the new Range Rover Sport for a spin to see it’s the Range Rover for drivers its name suggests

Dan Trent

Words by: Dan Trent

Published on 16 March 2023 | 0 min read

If the Range Rover is all about luxury the Range Rover Sport is, in theory, the one for driving rather than wafting. A theory Alexandra Legouix explores here with a run in the top of the range, V8-engined P530 version.
Full disclosure, this level of luxury and performance doesn’t come cheap, this-bells-and-whistles specification well into six-figure territory with fuel-guzzling running costs to make even the sturdiest wallet wilt. You get what you pay for, though, and the charisma of a V8 engine under the bonnet is all part of the Range Rover Sport experience. These top of the range models also get the evocatively named ‘Stormer Handling Pack’ with all the gizmos, including the ‘full fat’ Range Rover’s nifty four-wheel steering to help it feel more nimble in tight situations than the physical size might suggest.
If a thirsty V8 doesn’t seem very on-trend in the current climate then fear not, because the Sport is also available with more real-world six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, a plug-in hybrid and, in the not-too-distant future, a full electric version too. So, if you want to enjoy all this with a clean conscience you have options!
Whatever powertrain you choose the same ‘reductive design’ philosophy applies to all versions of the Sport. As the name suggests, this is about clean, fuss-free surfacing without the heavy-handed detailing common in rival luxury SUVs, all of which gives the new Range Rover a sleek and modern look. Which isn’t to say it’s shy or retiring, the understated muscularity, 23-inch wheels and sheer physical size of the vehicle all packing a visual punch. As Alexandra discovers, this applies to the interior as well, with lots of space, all the luxury trimmings you could wish for and a slick, screen-driven interface with all the technology and entertainment features. Is it worth the considerable cost, though? Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments below. And if you enjoyed it don’t forget to hit like, and make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel for more great content like this!