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What to expect when driving a new Range Rover Sport for the first time

14 Jun , 2017  

Whether you’ve driven a Range Rover model for years and think it’s time for an upgrade, or you’re a first-time driver when it comes to the Land Rover family, everyone has their concerns when trying out a new vehicle. If you’re wondering what the new Range Rover Sport is like on the road, check out our top pointers below…


You’ll be surprised by the size

No matter what your level of expertise with Range Rovers, you’re guaranteed to be surprised by the size of the sport. It might be two inches smaller in height and six inches shorter in length than the classic, full-size Range Rover, but most would swear it’s exactly the same.

The sleek design renders it a beautiful vehicle from the outside, but its interior is just as impressive to behold. Plus, as it’s slightly smaller, it means that whilst driving it won’t feel too big wield.




Light on its feet

Despite its imposing size from the outside, the next thing that will strike you about this car is that it’s surprisingly light on its feet. It was designed to be a nippier drive than its full-sized counterpart; they might both be fitted with the same engine, but because the Sport is smaller and lighter, it will accelerate faster.


Just as luxurious as the main model

When it comes to the interior, there are a few differences to note. For example, the Sport has a higher centre console than the classic Range Rover, as well as a taller centre control stack and a conventional gear lever.

However, with regard to the luxury finish, you’ll find no expense has been spared in the Sport model. You might expect a cheaper finish for a cheaper car, but it’s far from the case, with all the high-tech features, leather seats and chic finishes associated with its big sister.





All terrains welcome

Another thing to note when you first take the Sport model on the road, is that it’s been adapted remarkably well for differing terrains thanks to the Terrain Response System and its dynamic mode. You’ll notice a number of differences come into effect when this switches on, such as heavier steering, a quicker rate of acceleration and a much firmer suspension. If you regularly go camping or take part in a sport that involves going over muddy fields, this will be a welcome feature.




Don’t forget that if you’re thinking of trying out a Range Rover Sport, the best way to do it is to lease a vehicle for a few months.

A test drive is one thing, but it’s quite another to do your commute, a family day trip and any other longer journeys you usually take. There are some fantastic deals around currently that will let you lease a Range Rover Sport for very affordable prices.


Michael Fennel works as a journalist for a publishing company and loves technology and cars. He has been writing about everything gear related for five years and would like to become a racing driver.