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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Walk Around


The Range Rover Sport’s tall, clean body lines and a wide stance convey a purposeful aura; it’s 2.2 inches lower than the Range Rover. Some of its design details come from the lines of the curvaceous Evoque. It has a sloped roof, stubby front end with nicely integrated headlights, smooth surfaces, and blacked-out roof pillars.

Hood and fender vents suggest the Sport’s capabilities. Roof pillars are blacked-out, wheel areas are prominent, and the rear end is short.

The SVR flaunts a more aggressive stance with its bigger wheels and tires.

Interior

The two big touchscreens with the Touch Pro Duo system are canted toward the driver. Lo and behold there are dials, two of them that control different functions for the menu selected. There is also a volume knob.

The top screen does infotainment, while the bottom screen handles the terrain management system. Chassis/drivetrain/engine modes are sport, comfort and eco; and off-road modes are snow, sand, mud, and rock or crawling. Each mode appears as an icon on the screen with its own beautiful tableau that allows deeper configuration, into the optional air suspension.

Both rows of seats are comfortable, and the cargo area is large: 27.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 62.2 cubic feet with it folded. Optional third row is cramped as expected.

The fit and finish is excellent and the fittings top-notch. High-quality materials abound, whether leather, wood, metal, or plastic. If it looks like wood, it is wood. If it looks like metal, it’s metal. They all look great and feel good. Even the cargo area is attractively finished.

In front it feels just like the Range Rover, with a big view of the road, but the Sport’s seats are a bit more cockpit-like. The second row isn’t wide, so two passengers are more comfortable than three there. The outboard seats are sculpted and supportive. There’s a good 37 inches of legroom.

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