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New Range Rover Sport India review, test drive

The new Range Rover Sport will undoubtedly be the best selling Range Rover in India. With prices starting at Rs. 1.09 crores for the V6 diesel, it is a whole lot cheaper than the hugely expensive full-size Range Rover.

The new Range Rover Sport will undoubtedly be the best selling Range Rover in India. With prices starting at 1.09 crores for the V6 diesel, it is a whole lot cheaper than the hugely expensive full-size Range Rover. The TDV6 Autobiography was what we took for a quick spin on and off road at the Amby Valley city premises above Lonavla.

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As for the things that the typical Range Rover Sport owner looks for, this one won’t disappoint. It looks far better than the old Sport and has a lot more presence as a result. Like all Range Rovers, you have to climb into the driver’s seat although with the air-suspension set on its lowest ‘access’ setting, its less of a climb than before. The cabin is clean, simple and superbly built. It emulates the Evoque’s cabin in its design and that means there’s a touch screen display that controls most the car’s features (including the many camera views that are useful for off-roading and parking next to high kerbs) and a clear and easy to use cabin. The seats are broad and supportive, the rear seats are really comfortable and, typical of a full-size Range Rover, the view out is terrific. It also has one of the biggest boots in its class but our car didn’t have the seven seat configuration. Instead, it has a full-size spare wheel which is nice for your peace of mind. So, the new Range Rover Sport is an impressive car with a broad range of abilities. It will be available in S, HS, HSE and Autobiography trims and prices for the 5.0-litre supercharged petrol Autobiography tops out at ₹ 1.65 crore. (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Fact File Price Range (in lakhs)* Ex-showroom price ₹ 1.09 crore - ₹ 1.65 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai) Engine Fuel Diesel / Petrol Type 2993cc V6 / 4999cc V8 Power 288bhp at 4000rpm / 503bhp at 6000-6500rpm Torque 61.18kgm at 2000rpm / 63.73kgm at 2500-5500rpm Transmission Gearbox 8-speed, automatic ZF Dimensions Length 4850 Width 1983 Height 1780 Wheel base 2923
As for the things that the typical Range Rover Sport owner looks for, this one won’t disappoint. It looks far better than the old Sport and has a lot more presence as a result. Like all Range Rovers, you have to climb into the driver’s seat although with the air-suspension set on its lowest ‘access’ setting, its less of a climb than before. The cabin is clean, simple and superbly built. It emulates the Evoque’s cabin in its design and that means there’s a touch screen display that controls most the car’s features (including the many camera views that are useful for off-roading and parking next to high kerbs) and a clear and easy to use cabin. The seats are broad and supportive, the rear seats are really comfortable and, typical of a full-size Range Rover, the view out is terrific. It also has one of the biggest boots in its class but our car didn’t have the seven seat configuration. Instead, it has a full-size spare wheel which is nice for your peace of mind. So, the new Range Rover Sport is an impressive car with a broad range of abilities. It will be available in S, HS, HSE and Autobiography trims and prices for the 5.0-litre supercharged petrol Autobiography tops out at ₹ 1.65 crore. (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Fact File Price Range (in lakhs)* Ex-showroom price ₹ 1.09 crore - ₹ 1.65 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai) Engine Fuel Diesel / Petrol Type 2993cc V6 / 4999cc V8 Power 288bhp at 4000rpm / 503bhp at 6000-6500rpm Torque 61.18kgm at 2000rpm / 63.73kgm at 2500-5500rpm Transmission Gearbox 8-speed, automatic ZF Dimensions Length 4850 Width 1983 Height 1780 Wheel base 2923
  • First Published Date : 18 Oct 2013, 09:22 PM IST