Disguising its size with a collection of crisply drawn lines that mimic the Range Rover without aping it, the Range Rover Sport authentically creates its own style from hand-me-downs.
Refined and urbane, even in the context of the woodsy, regal Range Rover, the Sport clearly predicted the future Evoque when Range Rover introduced the mid-size SUV back in 2007. The Sport's sloped rear end is the defining touch, but the very simple, very elegant front end doesn't really have an analogue in the SUV world--because there's nothing overdone or overstated about it.
Upright sides and a vertical front end, contrast with the sloping window and roof lines of the Sport, giving it the look to bear its name. Part classic Land Rover, part modern super-SUV, this is the most high-performance Range Rover you'll find--and it looks it. It's nearly impossible to detect that this model has more in common mechanically with the upright LR4 than with the ur-Rangie.
The cabin's a reflection of the instant-classic sheetmetal. Hallmark cues abound. Rectilinear forms now frame LCD-driven displays, balanced out by the arriviste--the rotary terrain-response knob that now dominates the center console. All around, there are fantastically finished panels, whether finished in leather, wood, or plastic.
The gauges and displays are all easy-to-read, whether you choose the HSE or the faster Supercharged model. Both versions of the Range Rover Sport looks quite similar too, though aficionados will be able to spot the minor clues.