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Review: Range Rover Sport HSE 3.0L

So what exactly is new in the new Range Rover Sport? Quite a bit actually. The most evident bits are the things outside of the car. The headlight cluster is all new and is a full LED unit now with an option to upgrade to the ‘Pixel LED’ lights for some extra moolah. There are new bumpers front and rear with new 21-inch wheels as well.

Range Rover Sport MY2018

But the significant changes are inside the car. What immediately meets the eye is the new infotainment system. Remember that incredible touchscreen system from the Velar? The same one they call the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. Well, it’s made its way into the Sport now and it is fantastic. The system uses two 25.4cm touchscreen units to control entertainment, terrain select, climate control, heated seats, SatNav and a whole bunch more. There are also some new materials in use inside – interesting metal finishes and the new streering mounted controls that lights up on touch.

Overall, the car is well appointed as all Range Rovers are. The seats are great, the materials are plush and it has tremendous presence out on the road. It also gets a massive panoramic roof that lets you stare at the stars all you want.

Range Rover Sport MY2018

The big question is how it drives and that is what we need to look at now. The Sport can be had with a variety of engines ranging from a V8 petrol to a V6 diesel. The car we tested was the V6 diesel. The engine displaces 2993cc and makes 255bhp and 600Nm. It is mated to the 8-speed ZF gearbox, which helps it hit 100kph in 8.3 seconds (on an incredibly hot day). But the big play here is torque. With 600Nm on tap, the Range Rover Sport can pretty much level any mountain. It does the 30-50kph run in 1.6 seconds and 50-70kph in 2.0 seconds. The engine itself is super refined in true JLR fashion and makes a nice little rumble on the trot. The gearbox itself is designed to be more seamless and less lightning quick, so while it is fast, it is no Aventador.

Range Rover Sport MY2018

For a tall, heavy SUV, the Sport does not behave all that much like it. There is roll, obviously, but not to the extent that should be there from a two-tonne SUV. But its strong suit is refinement and that is where its beauty lies. While it is stiffer than the Range Rover, the ride is pretty darn good. The air-shockers soak up all the bad bits from our roads and the suspension lift also allows you to venture off the road without a worry.

Range Rover Sport MY2018

Overall, the update to the Sport is one that brings it right to the front of the Range Rover lineup in terms of the tech being used. The only problem is that with all the various trims and variants of the Range Rover on sale today, there is a lot to choose from. But with the update, the Sport now has capable engines, comfort and all the tech you would want in it. All for Rs 1.30 crore.
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