The Range Rover Sport in some ways is the ideal size, shape and balance of the Range Rover model range. We road test the 2018 Range Rover Sport SDV8 HSE Dynamic.
For a large vehicle it cuts a svelte shape. From its low fully integrated family front grill is slopes in a linear fashion through to the rear. Its lines are subtle yet impressive.
The large 21″ wheel tyre combination fills the muscular bulging wheel arches (there is even a full size spare). This is one fine looking beast.
The Dynamic pack adds the following features over the impressively featured HSE. Dynamic Response (Active Roll Control), Terrain Response 2 Dynamic Program, Torque Vectoring, Top speed increase, Red brake callipers’, 21” 5 split-spoke ‘Style 507’ alloy wheels with Satin Grey Finish, Bright Sport Pedals and Illuminated treadplates.
Stepping inside the Range Rover Sport is like stepping into a lounge room. The front leather seats are sumptuously comfortable with adequate squab length and plush side bolsters for hips and shoulders.
They are multiply electronically adjustable as is electronically adjustable leather thick steering wheel.
The steering wheel itself houses a number of controls, that once you get used to them increase user efficiency. The 12″ customisable instrument panel allows the driver to select the view that best suits them.
This optional heads up display presents key data such as speed, navigation and gear position on the windscreen so you never have to take your eyes off the road.
It utilises lasers to avoid ‘washout’ and is configurable to your preferences
Visibility from the driver’s seat is excellent, with clear rear view and large external side mirrors and the brilliant all round camera system displayed on the 10 inch screen in the centre stack.
Rear seat passengers are also treated to luxury and individually tailored seats. There is the optional rear seat entertainment with screens in the front seat headrests.
While there is plenty of head and shoulder room, the leg, knee room is a little restricted.
In contrast the boot space is quite large with a load tie down system along with the 60/40 split rear seats provides a flexible load area.
The console bin not only provides a good arm rest but houses a two stage bin arrangement with the USB ports etc.
Sitting next to the drivers hips is the transmission hub. This houses the electronic controls for some features such as auto stop start, hill descent control etc, in addition to the controls for the brilliant 4WD system.