Tested: 2016 Range Rover Sport

Let’s face it, spending a week driving any new Range Rover is hardly a chore. But the task is made even more delightful when Land Rover's buff 5.0-liter V8 is found under the hood.

I drove this muscle-bound Range Rover Sport from one side of Michigan to the next while it was in my charge. And though I almost completely avoided both mud and ruts in that time (there were a few puddles) I still came away with almost completely positive impressions of the legendary off-roader’s latest incarnation.

Pros:

  • Somewhere in recent years Range Rover interiors have gone from great to outstanding, with first-class finishes, leather quality, and overall design. Even though I’d like another inch of width in the driver’s seats – and remember that I’m a well over six feet tall and two-hundred and forty pounds – the chairs are massively comfortable over the long haul. I put well over 600 miles on the Sport in a week, and could’ve done another 600 without feeling much stiffness or soreness. I know I mentioned this the last time I reviewed a Range Rover, but the 1,700-watt Meridian sound system (a $3,250 option) is heavenly for long drives, as well.
  • For 2016, Range Rover will sell you a Sport model with two quite sensible and enjoyable 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engines: one gasoline fed, one diesel. Nice though both of those engines are, given my preference I’d take this supercharged 5.0-liter, V8 grinder every day of the week, and twice on Sunday. The 510-horsepower, 461-pound-feet output ratings ...