I have owned a Sport TDV6 HSE with Dynamic Pack for 18 months and 36000 miles.It is family hack and tow barge for a race car and trailer. Average fuel consumption driven hard with mixed journeys has been 24mpg.The Dynamic Pack is well worth the cost giving pin sharp handling and superb braking.
At 6'2" I have found the comfort superb, even better than a 9-5 Aero Estate. This has included runs from Le Mans to Calais in under 3 hours and Spa Francorchamps to Midlands UK non-stop (except for Chunnel)in 7 hours.
Service at Guy Salmon Stratford upon Avon has been excellent except for one blip on some minor warranty matters that were overlooked.
The latest tailgate has electric closure and is better than the previous item that I have.
The off-road is of course beyond comparison and 'saved our bacon' in recent floods.
As for safety, well the man in the Seat who hit me in the rear while I was stationary wrote off his car while I drove home..
The V8 Diesel is almost certainly the way to go, although I have heard tales of an Autologic Re-Map on the V6 which improves economy and gives 242bhp and 550nm torque. That sounds nice. The curves mirror the original map apparently.
Before the Sport I ran a 525D M-Sport for 8 months and while it was great in many ways, it was so uncomfortable and frankly useless as a 5 seater.
Service costs on Sport are reasonable and pricing is transparent. The second set of tyres have 6mm left after 16000 miles.
I drove both the new BMW X5 3.0d and Mercedes ML320 CDI, Going from the mercedes to the bmw was a big step the X5 felt good, safe and nicer to drive than the poor mercedes .The bmw's four wheel drive system is rubbish and was appauling when taken offroad .The bmw is a is a very good car until you look and drive the range rover sport . The range rover sport i drove was the 2.7 TDV6 and when compared to the mercedes and bmw it is very slow .The four wheel drive system is marvelous .My only draw bsck other than the engine is the seats front and rear they are very uncomfy and require lumbar support. I have orderd the TDV8 HSE and cant wait.
What a great car - shame about the service from the dealers and the network.
I would not reccomend this car to anyone.
I have never felt the need to write about a car until today. You never know how much help you will get before you ask for it.
The issue is simple - petrol in a diesel car, a mistake with a £7000 bill attached. OK, so stupidity aside (it was our fault), we spoke to Land Rover to arrange a replacement car as my wife is heavily pregnant and due to give birth today.
I could not get any help - I spoke to four people at Land Rover - they each read from the same script and then at 5:30pm after over 10 phone calls starting at 9am, a lady from the 'executive office' called to let me know they had a car for me. At last, I thought - she called to say they had arranged for me to be able to hire a car at £75 per day.
Is it me or is this ridiculous - you spend £40,000 for peace of mind and assurance, you buy three cars from Land Rover previously and are about to pay a £7000 repair bill and this does not make you a valued or important customer? If you have not bought one, get out while you can. Prepare for any drama to be turned into a crisis courtesy of Land Rover - you will constantly be battling with the worst service in the industry. When will Land Rover learn that customer service is as important as the product?
A really disappointing experience.
I have had this car now for nearly two years and I am very pleased with it. Living on the Continent and traveling back to the UK very regulary with the family, the car performs as a luxury cruiser perfectly.
The car is easy to drive, comfortable and the drive position is great, both in town and on a long run. It does have its shortcomings but these are limited - the front passenger seat legroom is poor unless the seat is all the way back (a problem for the passenger behind) and the boot door is very, very heavy and very diffucult to close (thankfully there is the window hatch).
Otherwise it's roomy enough and has a good-sized boot to haul as much as I need.
On performance I have to say that it is a big car so there is a lag in pick-up if you accelerate up a hill or at low revs, but it's not bad. However, I didn't buy it as a sports car but for the look, comfort, size and off- and on-road ability. I have had great fun off-road (I copied Mr Clarkson but without the Tank and... wow) and when on road and late for the Eurotunnel it has had all the speed I need.
Reliability has been faultless. Its only visit to the garage was the 24,000km service.
My last three cars have been an A6, Jeep, and Saab 9-5 and with the exception of the unbelievable comfort of the Saab, the Sport is the best so far. I am going for the Q7 now but only because I need seven seats.
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