A review of the Range Rover Sport Hybrid
The Range Rover Sport Hybrid features a power package of an electric motor sandwiched between a 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine and an automatic eight-speed transmission. Gadgets that you can choose as extras include rear seat entertainment, on-board television and a surround camera system, with the full range of extras adding £7,850 to the standard price.
For 2015 the vehicle gets diamond-turned alloy wheels (21-inch), a panoramic sunroof and Aleutian silver paint at no extra cost. The cabin is very much modelled on a standard Land Rover; therefore, it is very chic and offers state-of-the-art technology that puts it in a different class to its primary rivals, including the Porsche Cayenne. In addition to looking good, the Sport Hybrid is an excellent off-roader. If you decide to take the plunge you will be impressed by the Jaguar Land Rover Terrain Response system, which takes control of the drive to get you safely across any surface, no matter how slippery.
The vehicle's electric system is heavily protected by a special boron steel bash plate, which enables it to tackle even the most difficult terrain without damaging the battery. As with all hybrids, the driver is provided with a lot of information about battery charge and power levels. If the level permits, you can move to silent electronic-only power at the touch of a button.
The Sport Hybrid is a comfortable drive as a result of its air suspension, which is standard in Land Rover vehicles. It is very manoeuvrable for a big SUV and it is also quick - this model can accelerate from 0-60mph in a commendable 6.4 seconds.