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Range Rover Sport 3.0 TDV6: Test Drive Review

Date: 24 August 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Large 4x4
P11D price: £50,235
Key rival: BMW X5

In these recessionary times even Land Rover admits that some owners don't want to show off their wealth, or that they drive a large off-roader.

So Land Rover has kept changes to the facelifted Range Rover Sport to a minimum with just subtle exterior changes and minimal interior changes. However, Land Rover has replaced the 2.7 diesel with the 3.0-litre TDV6 engine from the Jaguar XF and Land Rover Discovery to the smaller Range Rover.

The result is a 9% improvement in fuel consumption to 30.7mpg and an 8% drop in CO2 emissions, although it's still at 35% for company car tax. Performance and refinement have also been improved.

Having spoken to residual value experts at Cap, Land Rover are also expecting a 12% uplift in RVs to 39% after three years 60,000 miles.

However, that does little to offset the running costs of such an expensive vehicle, with KiwkCarcost giving the £50,000 Range Rover Sport TDV6 in top HSE trim a 97.0p cost per mile. At this money you can have a Land Rover Discovery, which is now matches the Range Rover for luxury, can go further off-road and is more comfortable on-road and can carry seven people. Obviously, the Range Rover Sport is a better on-road driver's car, but the latest Discovery isn't far behind in the majority of situations.

While many Range Rover Sport buyers may never consider the more family oriented Discovery, businesses should.

Range Rover Sport 3.0 TDV6 HSE
P11D price£50,235
Model price range£44,895-£61,995
Fuel consumption30.7mpg
CO2 (tax) 243g/km (35%)
BIK 20/40% per month£293/£586
Service interval16,000mls
Insurancegroup 15
Warranty3yrs/unltd mls
Boot space (min/max)450/2013 litres
Engine size/power2993cc/245PS
Top speed/0-62mph120mph/8.8secs
On sale August 2009
VerdictA luxurious place to be,
impressive off-road,
but too expensive