From £48,925
This is a fine engine in the Discovery and Jaguar XJ, but it struggles to haul the Range Rover Sport or suit its character.

Our Verdict

Range Rover Sport

Charming and likeable luxury SUV offers polished Land Rover handling for a price

  • First Drive

    Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 HSE

    The tweaked 2012 model-year Range Rover Sport is more powerful, more economical and a glorious way to cover long distances effortlessly
  • First Drive

    Land Rover Range_e

    The addition of electric drive appears to remove nothing from the Land Rover experience
16 February 2006

What's new? This is the first time we've driven the diesel Range Rover Sport in the UK. It uses the same 2.7 V6 as the Discovery. What's it like? Even with a brilliant diesel engine it lacks the pizzazz and charm of the petrol models. With sluggish off-the-line performance you question the Sport moniker as well, even though it is remarkably agile for its size and weight. It's not as quiet as the Discovery either. Should I buy one? There are better diesel 4x4s, including the new Audi Q7, Mercedes ML-Class and the Discovery. A petrol Sport is the way to go. Chas Hallett

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Genesis G70
    First Drive
    22 September 2017
    Based on the Kia Stinger, Genesis' new G70 saloon shows plenty of promising signs that it could be a hit in Europe
  • Lamborghini Aventador S
    First Drive
    22 September 2017
    Still visceral and dramatic as ever, but does the vast number of mechanical changes and tweaks help make the Lamborghini Aventador S more engaging?
  • Renault Koleos
    Car review
    22 September 2017
    Renault’s new crossover sees the Koleos name return, attached to an SUV of a quite different stripe
  • Nissan X-Trail
    First Drive
    21 September 2017
    On our first chance to get the facelifted Nissan X-Trail on UK roads, the petrol proves a viable alternative, although for outright pulling power the 2.0 dCi is the better bet
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.2d 210
    First Drive
    21 September 2017
    Most powerful diesel version of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is swift and more frugal than its closest rivals, but makes less sense than the range-topping petrol version