Range Rover Sport 3.0 TDV6: Test Drive Review
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 |
|Model price range||£44,895-£61,995|
|CO2 (tax) ||243g/km (35%)|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£293/£586|
|Boot space (min/max)||450/2013 litres|
|On sale ||August 2009|
|Verdict||A luxurious place to be, |
but too expensive