From £48,9258

Here’s the thing. A BMW 530d SE Touring is, in real terms, nearly as spacious as a Range Rover Sport. The badge is at least as prestigious, it’s quite a lot quicker and has handling from another world. 

It will use less than half the fuel of the Sport and warm the planet at half the speed. Experience of both suggests it is rather better built yet it costs more than £23,000 less and is probably no less likely to be driven off road. Viewed like this, you can perhaps see why the environmentalists are getting upset. 

What they cannot be expected to appreciate is the sheer sense of occasion offered by the Sport or the character of the engine. They will not see that, because children sit high and can see out, it makes for a peaceful journey. And they’ll miss the fact that the Sport is a car of rare and real charm

But the greatest achievement is not just meeting the likes of the X5 and Cayenne head-on in terms of dynamics, but it does so while remaining true to everything Land Rover stands for.

It would have been much easier to make a car that merely looked the part, and the result may even have been more capable for most users, most of the time. But it wouldn’t have been a proper Land Rover and, for Land Rover, that’s very important.

For all its flaws, this is a true Land Rover and a fine one at that.

Save money on your car insurance

Compare quotesCompare insurance quotes

Find an Autocar car review

Explore the Land Rover range

Driven this week

  • Jaguar E-Pace 2018 review hero front
    Car review
    20 April 2018
    Can Jaguar’s compact SUV bring flair and dynamic polish to a fast-growing class?
  • Audi TT RS Coupé
    First Drive
    20 April 2018
    The Audi TT RS has the looks, a vociferous engine and the supercar-baiting performance, but is it too uncompromising to use as a daily driver?
  • Lamborghini Urus review 2018 hero front
    First Drive
    19 April 2018
    The supercar maker's new 4x4 is massively capable wherever it goes, while being extremely conspicuous and costly while it does it
  • Skoda Kodiaq
    First Drive
    19 April 2018
    High-spec seven-seater Kodiaq begins its family life with a lot to prove — for Skoda and SUVs
  • Ford Focus RS Race Red Edition front
    First Drive
    18 April 2018
    Ford drafts in some tasty extras for this limited-run Focus RS swansong edition