Settle back into the driver’s seat of Range Rover Sport and one thing is immediately apparent: it demands to be driven. It's a Range Rover, through and through, but it also boasts an extra edge, something that has been dazzling drivers since it was launched just a few years ago.
With our gleaming black Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE Dynamic, you have the ultimate driving power: you can go absolutely anywhere and still be guaranteed exceptional performance, luxury and comfort. Everything from the ergonomic controls in our ivory-coloured cockpit to the state of the art engine has been carefully designed and made by British engineers and their diligence and passion oozes from every pore of this exceptional car.
Perfect for self-drive hire, this car works wonders whether you're heading to a formal event or for a brisk jaunt across some mountainous terrain.
Although it would be easy to believe that the Sport name is just a clever marketing ploy, the Sport is truly a phenomenal drive. It's poised, smooth and 100% sporty - just what it says on the tin!
The car comes with a 3.0 litre V6 diesel, which has two stage parallel-sequential turbocharging and an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which changes gears in just 200 milliseconds. Power is rated as 292 bhp, and a hefty 600 maximum torques produced between 1,500 and 1,750 rpm.
This all translates into a 138 MPH top speed, alongside a 0-60MPH time of just 6.8 seconds. Power is delivered smoothly and continuously, providing that huge pull of strength that you depend on from a Range Rover.
Although it looks a lot like its big sister, the 2015 Range Rover Sport is actually made from 75% unique parts. This means that it's a lot lighter than the Range Rover, and is even 39% lighter than the previous Sport model thanks to an aluminium monocoque. It now weighs just 2115kg, giving it a huge capacity for acceleration and performance.
The car's four-corner air suspension has also been completely re-engineered. It is fully-independent and double isolated, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear, meaning that it can offer variable ride height.
All of this adds up to a pretty incredible drive: the car feels planted and solid through the bends, and is much more responsive than the standard Range Rover. And that's before you've factored in the technology.
Because this is a HSE Dynamic Sport, you benefit from the brilliant Terrain Response 2 technology, which ensures that your car's settings are automatically optimised for the terrain it senses. It's available in several modes, with Dynamic mode offering the most fun: it instantly makes the car believe it's a race car, and you'll be whizzing around the roads in such an agile manner you'll forget that you're driving a 4x4.
The car also features the intelligent Adaptive Dynamics system, which monitors vehicle movements at least 500 times a second, reacting to driver or road inputs virtually instantaneously to give greater control and minimise body roll, providing a composed, flat ride.
Should you wish to go off-road, then this is absolutely the car to do it in. Just a few of the many features to help you tackle those hills, rivers and muddy fields are: Hill Descent Control (HDC), Gradient Release Control (GRC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), and Wade Sensing.
Just because it has a heap of tech to optimise the ride experience, however, doesn't mean they've forgotten the more traditional systems. The parking aid and the rear view camera, for example, are there to help you out when you're doing more conventional driving tasks!
This is a car that cries out for adventure, for long trips across rough country that end in simple rewards such as log fires and cold drinks. Paradoxically, it's also a street smart chic car that won't look out of place at any VIP occasion. Choose your own adventure and be assured that this car will never let you down.
The interior of our Range Rover Sport is just as luxurious as any standard Range Rover, and the only difference is a smidgeon less room - something you'll hardly notice given how large both cars are.
The ivory-coloured interior is the perfect blend of luxury and comfort - it may be 5* quality, but you don't l feel like you have to constantly mind your manners. The layout is simple yet stylish, with attention to detail evident on even the tiniest elements of the cabin. Thanks to the centre console touchscreen, which allows you to control the majority of functions with a swipe of your finger, the instrument panel is quite minimalist and all the more attractive for being so.
Everywhere you look there's beautifully soft leather, high quality wood and perfectly finished aluminium trim, creating an impressive and premium feel throughout. Ergonomics are also key, with the driver's position and controls all designed to be used with ease - there are, for example, large easy to use switches on both the steering wheel and centre console for the things you need to adjust often.
For passengers, it's all about comfort. The seats are covered in the softest deep ivory leather, and each can be heated as passengers wish. While relaxing and perhaps gazing out of the panoramic roof, they can also enjoy music through the brilliant Meridian sound system, which has eight speakers and an excellent sound quality. The car comes with a DAB digital radio, so there's always something to listen to even if you don't play your own music through the InControl app.
Space is always important in a Range Rover, and in the Sport it's no exception. There are a whopping 784 litres of boot space behind you, meaning that even with 5 occupants you'll have enough space for a large amount of luggage.
The 2015 Sport has been given a longer wheelbase, and is now 6.2 cm longer overall than the previous model. Although this means lots of legroom inside, it's hard to notice the difference in the exterior because you'll be too busy marvelling at the stylistic changes.
Where previously the car was square and a little bulky, this car is sleek, sexy and very powerful-looking. It has a hunched stance, as if it's ready for battle, something created by a lower roofline, narrower windows and a nipped-in bottom. Its aesthetic is pure Range Rover, but a young, energetic Range Rover that looks as if it's just itching to head off on a spontaneous adventure.
Particular design features to fall in love with are the eagle-eye headlights, the swept-back line running down the side of the car and the fearsome twin exhausts at the rear which hint at the car's capabilities. The car's Barolo Black paint gives it an extra edge, and accentuates the sleek styling of this dynamic car.
One innovative and practical feature are the sleek door mirrors, which are heated to prevent misting and ice - it's the small details such as this which make the Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 HSE Dynamic such a phenomenal car.