posted 7 years ago

Range Rover vs. Range Rover Sport

Brace yourself for the big one. Range Rover 5.0 V8 Supercharged Autobiography vs. Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged Autobiography Sport.

Brace yourself for the big one. Range Rover 5.0 V8 Supercharged Autobiography vs. Range Rover Sport 5.0 Supercharged Autobiography. Key word being 'sport'. Both these monstrous 4x4s produce a staggering 510bhp and 461 lb ft of torque. That, 'lots'. Both race to sixty miles-per-hour in 5.9 seconds and top speeds are 140mph. These beasts only average nineteen mile-per-gallon though, so best order a new oil refinery too.

These prestigious gas-guzzlers are impossible to separate on sheer performance, but there are important differences. The Range Rover Sport is shorter, narrower, and lacking height compared to its more familiar sibling. Prices vary too, so expect to pay £72,545 for the top-end Sport and £85,745 for the most luxurious standard Range Rover. The price variation is due to the non-sport's larger size, superior off-road ability, and higher status.

Now, let us consider these vehicles' driving characteristics. The Range Rover 5.0 V8 Supercharged Autobiography is designed to be the ultimate off-road - on-road - limousine. Therefore, it is mighty over the rough stuff and feels like a lofty Rolls-Royce on the black stuff. The Sport, by contrast, feels most at home on the tarmac. Its driving position, cabin, styling, and overall feel scream sport-focussed plaything. It is highly capable off-road too, but the traditional Range Rover's higher ground clearance help make it more versatile.

The striking Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are both magnificent machines. Overall, they have comparable capabilities but very different characters. The traditional version better suits serious mud-plungers – but the Sport has a younger, fresher, more hard-core feel and reputation. Tricky buying decision but the choice, as they say, is yours.