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Review: 2016 Range Rover Sport Turbo-diesel

Review: 2016 Range Rover Sport...
The average home in Vancouver runs around $1 million Canadian, making the classy Range Rover Sport feel right at home
The average home in Vancouver runs around $1 million Canadian, making the classy Range Rover Sport feel right at home
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The average home in Vancouver runs around $1 million Canadian, making the classy Range Rover Sport feel right at home
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The average home in Vancouver runs around $1 million Canadian, making the classy Range Rover Sport feel right at home
22-inch Style 504 wheels help to fill out the Range Rover Sport's sizable arches
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22-inch Style 504 wheels help to fill out the Range Rover Sport's sizable arches
With a front and rear track of 66.5 in (169 cm) the 2016 Range Rover Sport provides excellent highway stability and offroad abilities
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With a front and rear track of 66.5 in (169 cm) the 2016 Range Rover Sport provides excellent highway stability and offroad abilities
The Range Rover has an offroad height of 10.9 in (27.7 cm) with a standard ride height of 8.4 in (21.3 cm)
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The Range Rover has an offroad height of 10.9 in (27.7 cm) with a standard ride height of 8.4 in (21.3 cm)
Range Rover's signature SUV style elements are still at play in 2016
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Range Rover's signature SUV style elements are still at play in 2016
Not quite a welterweight, the 2016 Range Rover Sport weighs out at svelte 4,727 lb (2,144 kg)
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Not quite a welterweight, the 2016 Range Rover Sport weighs out at svelte 4,727 lb (2,144 kg)
The 2016 Range Rover can get its feet wet up to 33.5 in (85 cm) should the need arise
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The 2016 Range Rover can get its feet wet up to 33.5 in (85 cm) should the need arise
Testing the waters in the 2016 Land Rover Sport
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Testing the waters in the 2016 Land Rover Sport
Next stop, the Pacific Ocean
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Next stop, the Pacific Ocean
British Columbia's mountains make a fitting backdrop for the Range Rover Sport
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British Columbia's mountains make a fitting backdrop for the Range Rover Sport
Range Rover's extensive off-road electronics are ready at the push of a button
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Range Rover's extensive off-road electronics are ready at the push of a button
Switchgear and buttons are laid out in excellent ergonomic fashion
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Switchgear and buttons are laid out in excellent ergonomic fashion
There's a heated steering wheel for those chilly days navigating about Northern Scotland
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There's a heated steering wheel for those chilly days navigating about Northern Scotland
Our tester came equipped with the Driver Tech package
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Our tester came equipped with the Driver Tech package
Window controls are placed on the upper door sill
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Window controls are placed on the upper door sill
Ebony on ebony with brushed aluminum accents work well with the brand's staid yet cosmopolitan offering
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Ebony on ebony with brushed aluminum accents work well with the brand's staid yet cosmopolitan offering
No we didn't climb those rocks, but they make a fitting foreground for the all-terrain ready Range Rover Sport
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No we didn't climb those rocks, but they make a fitting foreground for the all-terrain ready Range Rover Sport
Just in case you've forgotten your transport provider
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Just in case you've forgotten your transport provider
A 254 hp 3.0 liter turbo-charged diesel V6 delivering 440 foot pound of torque gives the Range Rover Sport more than enough pulling power
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A 254 hp 3.0 liter turbo-charged diesel V6 delivering 440 foot pound of torque gives the Range Rover Sport more than enough pulling power
Our Ranger Rover Sport, decked out in Santorini Black, poses confidently along British Columbia's Squamish Estuary
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Our Ranger Rover Sport, decked out in Santorini Black, poses confidently along British Columbia's Squamish Estuary
The 2016 Range Rover Diesel Sport throws out 440 foot pound of torque, with an optional tow package
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The 2016 Range Rover Diesel Sport throws out 440 foot pound of torque, with an optional tow package
Range Rover's turbo-diesel V6 puts out 440 foot pound of torque, more than enough to tame the Sea-to-Sky highway's elevational challenges
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Range Rover's turbo-diesel V6 puts out 440 foot pound of torque, more than enough to tame the Sea-to-Sky highway's elevational challenges
Detail: 2016 Range Rover sport
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Detail: 2016 Range Rover sport
There's no shortage of legroom or storage in the rear quarters
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There's no shortage of legroom or storage in the rear quarters
Signature vent treatments grace the hood of the Range Rover Sport
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Signature vent treatments grace the hood of the Range Rover Sport
Detail: 2016 Range Rover sport
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Detail: 2016 Range Rover sport
Finished in Santorini Black with Ebony trim and a bunch of extras including and 825 W Meridian sound system and driver technology package, ourTDV6, HSE tester lists for a tad over CDN$100,000 or US$78,000
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Finished in Santorini Black with Ebony trim and a bunch of extras including and 825 W Meridian sound system and driver technology package, ourTDV6, HSE tester lists for a tad over CDN$100,000 or US$78,000
A premium audio system by Meridian is optional add-on for US$1500
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A premium audio system by Meridian is optional add-on for US$1500
Interior appointments luxurious enough for the Queen!
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Interior appointments luxurious enough for the Queen!
2016 Range Rover sport - subdued yet classy
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2016 Range Rover sport - subdued yet classy
Range Rover Sport Turbo-diesel perfectly at home in the wilds of British Columbia
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Range Rover Sport Turbo-diesel perfectly at home in the wilds of British Columbia
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Weighing in at 4,727 lb (2,144 kg) but capable of doling out 443 ft.lb. of torque way down low thanks to its brilliant 3.0 liter turbo-charged diesel V6, Range Rover's 2016 Sport scores big points in all the right areas. We tried out its legs on British Columbia's famously scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway.

Winding its way along the Pacific coastline, British Columbia's undulating Sea-to-Sky highway is not only one of the world's most scenic jaunts but also considered among the top driver's roads. What better place to run out Range Rover's 2016 Turbo-diesel Sport.

Sporting the brand's signature interior amenities, the 2016 Range Rover Sport delivers bank vault silence, while the solid yet spirited ride delivers a smooth experience on both the highway and within Vancouver's mildly chaotic inner hub.

Motivating the big Englishman up the mountainous roadway is the responsibility of a 3.0 liter V6 with a turbo-charged diesel. With plenty of muscle way down low in the powerband, the maximum 443 ft.lb. of torque is available at 2000 rpm and while there are more powerful 4WDs out there, the 254 horses (189 kW) feels ample out on the slopes. For those considering the gassy V6 variant, the figures are 332 ft.lb and 340 hp.

Range Rover's turbo-diesel V6 puts out 440 foot pound of torque, more than enough to tame the Sea-to-Sky highway's elevational challenges
Range Rover's turbo-diesel V6 puts out 440 foot pound of torque, more than enough to tame the Sea-to-Sky highway's elevational challenges

Being paired with a slick 8-speed autobox means the diesel powerplant is most always in its torquey sweet zone. In 7th gear, and at 120 km/h (75 mph), the engine pulls the Range Rover with ease, hardly ever needing to break 2500 rpm.

The fluid manual shifter delivered more control over engine braking on some of the Sea-to-Sky's hairier off-camber, dropping curves, while steering inputs proved excellent, as did the power response and overall road feel for a vehicle of this size and weight. Still, that 4,727 lb (2,144 kg) worth of luxury SUV definitely needs to be respected and acknowledged in big, fast corners.

No we didn't climb those rocks, but they make a fitting foreground for the all-terrain ready Range Rover Sport
No we didn't climb those rocks, but they make a fitting foreground for the all-terrain ready Range Rover Sport

The big Range Rover's diesel underpinnings are barely noticeable, they'd likely remain ignorant to the fact as sound deadening, signature diesel knock and exhaust outputs have all been cleverly masked.

Aside from the great gobs of torque, the diesel option also provides a significant boost in mileage. In the city, Land Rover reports a 29 percent (22 vs. 17 mpg) improvement over the V6 running the gasoline. On the highway, this figure drops slightly but still shows a 26 percent increase (29 vs. 23 mpg) over its petrol sibling. When combined, a 32 percent increase in economy is realized (25 vs. 19 mpg).

The 2016 Range Rover can get its feet wet up to 33.5 in (85 cm) should the need arise
The 2016 Range Rover can get its feet wet up to 33.5 in (85 cm) should the need arise

On the track, the diesel makes 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.1 seconds – a tick slower than the gas model, but respectable given the vehicle's weight. Top speed is set at 130 mph (209 km/h).

Based on the number of Range Rovers spotted in Vancouver, where average home prices broach the million dollar mark, I'd say it might even be the unofficial vehicle of this rain-soaked city.

Finished in Santorini Black with Ebony trim and a bunch of extras including and 825 W Meridian sound system and driver technology package, ourTDV6, HSE tester lists for a tad over CDN$100,000 or US$78,000
Finished in Santorini Black with Ebony trim and a bunch of extras including and 825 W Meridian sound system and driver technology package, ourTDV6, HSE tester lists for a tad over CDN$100,000 or US$78,000

Priced from US$64,950 up to $111,350 the 2016 Range Rover Sport's sticker shouldn't come to a shock as anyone familiar with the brand.

Product page: Land Rover

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