2018 Range Rover Sport line-up brings suave new styling, sophisticated tech and an impressive new Ingenium diesel engine
The Range Rover Sport is perhaps one of the most capable, versatile, refined and undoubtedly luxurious SUVs on the market. Land Rover has recently improved on this recipe for success by introducing a mildly revised Range Rover Sport family for the 2018/2019 model years.
We sampled the Range Rover Sport SE with Jaguar Land Rover’s new turbo Ingenium diesel engine. But more on that later.
Key changes revolve around styling and technology, and it’s evident that Land Rover has turned to the darling Range Rover Velar – which has been voted as the most beautiful car in the world – for inspiration.
On the outside, from first glance anyway, the changes appear to be modest at best – Land Rover hasn’t dared to dilute the Rangie’s regal and stately presence – but look a little closer at the details and you’ll notice there are new LED head and tail lamps and a rakish new front end.
The LED headlights offer excellent visibility at night, emitting a sharp, clear, white light.
Slip inside the Range Rover SE and you’ll notice an all-new centre stack – again, from the Velar – with a digital display that generates a wealth of information such as climate control and drive settings.
Drivers are also treated to a digital instrument cluster, and we quite like how cover art is shown from the media system. As you’d expect, the digital instrument cluster offers a variety of different settings and configurations.
Now, for the engine. The revised Range Rover Sport we tested is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s all-new “Ingenium” 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine. The power plant develops 177kW @ 4000rpm and a healthy 500Nm @ 1500-2500rpm. That engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic, and, as you’d expect for a Land Rover, power is sent to a constant four-wheel drive system.
Performance from the new diesel is strong. There’s a slight delay off the line, but once the Range Rover Sport gets into its stride acceleration is surprisingly brisk, with Land Rover citing a 0-100km/h time of 8.3 seconds, which sounds relatively credible.
The engine is relatively refined, too. While not completely disguising the fact that it’s a diesel, there’s little diesel clatter that filters through the cabin and it even sounds decent if we’re honest.
During our test week we averaged around 8.5 litres per 100 kilometres, aided by start/stop technology. While our average fuel consumption figure was a little off Land Rover’s official figure of 6.5 litres, we found the Range Rover Sport’s performance and economy impressive for something of this size.
On the road, the air suspension seamlessly irons out any road surface imperfections, serving up a luxurious ride. Off-road, that adjustable air suspension helps to avoid obstacles, and that multi-mode 4×4 system ensures you have the right amount of grip for all conditions.
Body control is well handled, although the Rangie still feels like a big luxury SUV.
Overall, though, Land Rover has made a good thing even better. Worth a look.
- Off Road Pack (inc. Twin-speed transfer box, All Terrain Progress Control, Adaptive Dynamics, Terrain Response 2 and Electronic Air Suspension) – $5,610
Comfort and Convenience Pack (inc. Powered gesture tailgate, and keyless entry) – $5,130
- Sliding Panoramic Roof – $4,420
- Convenience Pack (inc. Powered gesture tailgate, 60:40 load through rear seats, electrically adjustable steering column, auto- dimming interior rear view mirror, keyless entry and soft door close) – $2,950
- 20” 5 Split-Spoke ‘Style 5084’ Alloy Wheels w/- Silver Finish – $2,520
- Matrix LED Headlights w/- Signature Daytime Running Lights – $2,450
- Head-Up Display – $2,420
- Illuminated Metal Treadplates – $2,310
- Metallic Paint in Corris Grey – $2,200
- Surround Camera System – $1,890
- Heated Front and Rear Seats – $1,630
- Drive Pack (inc. Blind Spot Monitor and Driver Condition Monitor) – $1,080
- Tow Hitch Receiver – $1,000
- Digital Audio Broadcast – $950
- Privacy Glass – $950
- Meridian Sound System w/- 13 speakers – $800
- Solar Attenuating Windscreen – $680
- Wade Sensing – $610
- Cabin Air Ionisation – $460
- Auto High Beam Assist – $330
- Domestic Plug Sockets – $130