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Powerful and Efficient Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 HSE

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Range Rover Sport

Big engine but still economical, it’s the Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 HSE


This is the cool 2012 model-year Range Rover Sport. It’s more dominant, more cost-effective, has more advancing ratios, an upgraded infotainment system and a fresh, power-driven, lightweight aluminium tailgate.


The driving position and impressive cock pit-like interior of the Sport is, debatably, more satiating than the more limo-esque cabin layout of its own bigger brother.

The weird thing about driving a Range Rover is that the car inclines to fall away from the driver’s attention, along with most thought going into either adoring the ride, the view or revelling in the car’s capability to stride past slower-moving vehicles.


The newly-twisted 3.0-Litre V6 turbo-diesel appears in two innovative versions, both of which nicely meet the new EU5 pollution regulations. The less powerful unit (badged TDV6) receives the same 208bhp, but sees emissions of Co2 drop to from 243 to 224g/km, carefully slotting it down to tax band K. The more commanding version (SDV6) gets an additional 11bhp and emissions drop from 243g/km to 230g/km (so it remains in band L) too.

The engine is very polished and seamlessly torquey, the ‘box fast and unobtrusive (though on this low mileage example, it would sometimes hang on to too high a gear at very slow speeds and was intense to shift into top at some higher speeds) and the whole car stable nicely and confidence-inspiring at pace. Absorbing parallel turbo chargers, Land Rover shows that while the engine grants the full 433lb ft of torque from 2000rpm, an important 83 per cent of maximum twist simply 500milliseconds after it leaves its (recently low, 710rpm) idling speed.


Much of the upgrading to the fuel economy must be acknowledgments to the installation of a fresh eight-speed ZF autobox, which proposes a wider spread of ratios along with a higher top gear. The torque convertor as well locks-up into direct-drive mode more speedily than the former 6-speed ‘box did.

It’s claimed that the ZF can shift ratios in about 200 milliseconds and can monitor the actions of driver; holding gears whenever driving around a sequence of curves and monitors the frequency of de-acceleration and brake use to pick the right gear for entrance and exit into corners.

Intelligent Box

This intelligent box can also for the time being, use a lower ratio to run the engine wilder, both to warm the engine more rapidly and power-up the air-conditioning to cool a burning cabin. Sadly, the conventional shift lever has been switched by the rotary dial; however, the steering wheel now has paddle shifters.

The rotary terrain response chooser has replaced by rocker switch. The other big transformation to the Sport is the approval of aluminium, powered, tailgate provoked by complaints from possessors about the struggle of reaching and shutting the creative tailgate. Inside, the standard audio system has been considerably upgraded along with an 11-speaker, 380W, Harmon Kardon audio and a double-view central screen which can display two different screen images at once.

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