Blog: Range Rover Sport – not what we had hoped

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

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THE Range Rover Sport is a nice looking SUV – and we’re sure that it will bring in the punters, but we can’t help but wonder at why it has been so watered-down for production. The Stormer concept had hinted at something genuinely different within this sector of the market, and gave us hope that Land Rover were actively looking at the idea of an SUV designed for drivers. For a start – it looked better than anything else – and by that, we mean the Cayenne/X5/M-Class Massive, which, no matter how fast they are around the Nürburgring still look like vans… and ugly ones at that. I anticipated something as exciting (and groundbreaking) as the original 1970 Range Rover….

However, the new car – the Range Rover Sport (and what’s so sporty about this thing?) – is pretty (Richard Woolley has done a great job within his brief), it and purposeful, and it does look better than the opposition… but in no way is it the jaw-dropper the concept was. What is it? Nothing more than a slightly smaller Range Rover, with a Jaguar engine in it. Big Deal. Can’t really see the point in it… Maybe my perception of it will change once I’ve tested it, but right now, I can’t help but feel extremely disappointed.

Perhaps Land Rover simply wasn’t ready to take the next step.

The Japanese probably are…

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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