Photos & Words: Evan ‘Evo’ Yates
Exterior: The 2015 Range Rover Sport is the most attractive luxury midsize SUV on God’s green earth. With its recent update, it seems that the Sport has finally got comfortable in its own skin and really flaunts its stuff on the pavement. The Laikoura Stone exterior with optional Santorini Black contrast roof is certainly a nice touch and really compliments the body lines. The 21-inch wheels are also a welcomed addition although I’d love to see them in a gunmetal or black finish to compliment the Rover’s overall theme.
Interior: Where the interior of the Range Rover Sport of the past could be considered boxy and boring, the updated dash especially is a breath of fresh air. Although it is still a bit simplistic, it’s functional and all just seems to just make sense. The leather, wood and aluminum incorporated in the interior are all in perfect balance and the controls are placed with ergonomic precision. The 16-way front power seats are cozy, yet supportive and the rears are moderately spacious as long as the front passengers aren’t too much over six feet tall.
A/V: The eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the Driver Information System in the Range Rover Sport is simple to operate and the optional ($1940.00) 825 watt Meridian Premium Audio system certainly pumps out some serious tunes. The TFT virtual instrument display is also very cool as analog gauges seem to be becoming a thing of the past.
Performance: Whether it’s from light-to-light or highway cruising, the 5.0L supercharged V8 is certainly impressive. The power band feels endless and the Sport can effortlessly manage pretty much any type of road condition you can throw at it. Although I wasn’t able to find many places to take it off-road, traversing up inclines and curbs alike proved to be no problem for the sport, especially with the Terrain Response 2 Auto system and enhanced electronic air suspension with automatic load leveling.
Floss Factor: It goes without saying, driving a (nearly) $100k Range Rover gives you a sense of confidence and purpose like no other SUV on the market. Whether you’re pulling up to the red carpet or a soccer game, your presence is certainly known and it’s for that reason it will always be the top dog.
Power: 510 hp, 461 lb-ft
0-60: 5.0 sec
Gas Cash: 16 MPG (combined)