The Range Rover Sport is a good choice if you want a posh looking and feeling SUV that’s brilliant for family life. Other models are even sportier to drive but few can match the Range Rover’s mix of agility, luxury and impressive off-road ability.
It’s the Sir Ranulph Fiennes of the premium SUV world, while the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 are all a bit more Bear Grylls. Sure, they’re good when the going gets tough, but the Range Rover goes about its business with a stiffer upper lip, relying on Land Rover’s huge experience away from the Tarmac.
Look past the Sport’s slightly fiddly infotainment system, however, and you’ll also find it very practical indeed. There’s acres of space in the front and enough room for two tall adults in the back. You can add a third row of seats to turn it into a seven-seater, but the rearmost seats are only really suitable for kids. It also has a boot that’s large and easy to load.
The Range Rover Sport isn’t just a big practical box on wheels, however – it also feels very upmarket thanks to its lashings of leather and numerous metal and satin-effect trims. Few alternatives can match the feel-good factor of the Range Rover Sport’s luxurious cabin.
They also struggle to match the Range Rover Sport’s comfort – especially on the motorway. Its standard air suspension smooths out most bumps and potholes and all cars come with laminated windows that keep road and wind noise to an absolute minimum.