All-purpose vehicles that win rave reviews are rare but when they come around, they are admired by all for their mix of luxury, utility and practicality, something our new Range Rover Sport HSE has in abundance. It is an excellent example of where design, quality and driving ability meet to create a stunning car that surpasses all expectations.
One word comes to mind when you hear the engine of the Sport HSE: supremacy. The dynamo at the centre of this car is a 3.0 litre diesel power engine that enhances the performance of the car helping it reach a top speed of 138 mph. With 30 per cent more power than its predecessor, this is a car that is growling to be noticed by onlookers and car enthusiasts. This true power can be seen with its accelerating speed: 0 - 60mph is achieved in a sprint of just 6.8 seconds.
In the world of performance cars, torque is an indicator of the cars success. The 600 Nm of torque in our Range Rover Sport HSE 3.0 SDV6 is a robust example of how solid the performance of this SUV is. The 8-speed automatic transmission gives the car a boost from the moment the car starts and the electronic parking aid and power steering will make the drive seem effortless. This model is a great companion for long road trips or short drives round the city making this SUV an excellent choice for self-drive hire.
The driving dynamics of this SUV outshines competition thanks to the Terrain Response 2, an innovative system patented by the Range Rover which allows drivers to choose between different types of performance modes for driving. There is even a manual override option if drivers want a taste of manual driving off-mode. This is done in tandem with the automatic transmission. When reversing, the reverse traffic detection control will alert the driver if a car is approaching during this manoeuvre. These crisp driving styles put the car in safety mode at all times - take a look at the lane departure warning signal for example which makes the steering wheel vibrate when the car goes into another lane. Blind spots are realities of everyday driving; so take advantage of blind spot monitoring which gives drivers guidance.
The Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist is one of the main features of Range Rover Sport's driving repertoire. This control ensures there is a enough space with the car ahead as well as maintaining space when the car approaches a queue. In addition to cruise control, traffic sign recognition keeps drivers alert while satellite navigation powers location-enhanced performance. With controls like this, the Sport HSE puts security first with performance.
In an assessment of the Range Rover, Top Gear said "The new Range Rover Sport looks better, drives better, has a better interior and much improved engines." With these scintillating performance credentials, the Sport HSE has proven its worth as the SUV of record for luxury car enthusiasts.
Understanding the beauty of this car's interior lies in looking at the exquisite detailing. The black leather upholstery shows off Range Rovers design skills and the aluminium treadplates that feature Range Rover lettering are a stand of quality assurance this models comes with. From the genuine wood trim to the ambient interior lighting, the cabin is a master class in the high levels of luxury and utility that Range Rover achieve.
The comfort levels of the interior are drilled down to the smallest details, from cup holders the floor covering, to the storage in the cabin no attention to detail is overlooked. Range Rover made the centre console the focus of the interior which shows this is a true driver's car.
On the catwalk of automotive style, this car is the opener and closer of the show. The 14-way electrical adjustable seats are also heated. The aluminium detailing adds an industrial edge to the style of the interior while the gearbox paddles on the steering wheel put technology at the forefront of the car. AutoExpress.co.uk declared that "it could be the best all-rounder on sale today." With a workhouse interior like this, we are inclined to agree.
The Fuji White painted hardware of our Range Rover Sport HSE 3.0L is durable and delectable to look at. The privacy glass makes the car look even more mysterious while the rear window defogger brings practicality to every curve of the car. Gerry McGovern, the Chief Creative Officer of Range Rover, said of the Sport that "It's got drive me written all over it". Its sleek silhouette is accented with aggressive lines and Bi-Xenon headlights makes anyone want to jump in front of the steering wheel to start revving the engine.
The body is fitted with central door locking and an alarm system for complete and total safety. The electric folding door mirrors are easily activated by the driver while the 20" alloy wheels support the strong frame of our Sport HSE. The body is bejewelled with LED tail lamps, rear fog lamps and reversing lamps to ensure that the activity of the car is seen by oncoming motorists.
The front fog lamps, the rain sensing windscreen wipers and the high beams show delicate and complex attention to detail by engineers of the car. The headlamp powerwash is useful in different types of weather. When driving situations change, the automatic hazard lights under heavy braking keep everyone on board safe. The body has many layers to it that enthusiasts can unravel through many experiences with the Sport HSE.