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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Styling

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A little Evoque, a lot of Range Rover -- the Range Rover Sport could be guilty of worse sins than its "column A, column B" approach to styling.

The family resemblance is strong with this one. The Sport's glassy greenhouse floats, just like its kin, and the details are kept to a minimum. It's the fender and hood vents that stand out, even when they're muted in a darkened, "Dynamic" metallic finish. The Sport's nose is slimmer than the Range Rover's, and the headlamps fare into the fenders with a longer wing that wraps around the corners. Toward the abbreviated tail, the wheel arches swell a bit more, and the lower roofline dips faster, like the smaller Evoque. It's tightly drawn, and the proportions read a little more classically Range Rover than either its bigger, upkicked companion or its stiletto-styled sibling. 

Land Rover's rugged, spare styling is summed up very smartly in the Range Rover Sport.

The cabin's squarely in the Range Rover camp, pared down and honed to the essentials. Buttons and switches have been filtered off the dash, thanks to the touchscreen controls, leaving the structural appeal of the design to speak for itself. Even when fitted with the most extravagant color combinations, it's sturdy and serene, a pairing that doesn't always work well.

Some visual tricks make the cockpit snug in around the passengers more cozily--a higher center console, a smaller-diameter steering wheel, more seat bolstering. The lush of the full digital gauges on some models doesn't align with the more dated interface of the touchscreen controls, but in that case, beauty might only be a firmware upgrade away.

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