Range Rover Sport 2.0 Petrol HSE Review
Land Rover, the luxury British car maker and Tata Motor's subsidiary unit lately launched the 2014 Range Rover Sport in the Indian auto-market with further bells and whistles added. This modified SUV now gets available in four variants - S, SE, HSE and Autobiography. The Range Rover Sport HSE particularly in the global market has left its impressions on the crossover enthusiasts and now with the all new avatar in a market like India, where possibilities are more it looks forward to sell in decent numbers. The vehicle is intelligently updated with an all new light weight platform that dropped down its by 420 kilograms. The HSE variant is one of the top end trims of the Range Rover Sport fleet. Its price signifies its value only for the cream buyers in India. This luxury crossover is available at the price tag of Rs. 1.48 Crore (Ex-showroom Delhi) . The joy of this car is maximum when you are at the driver's position sensing its extreme power and practicality. The design is impressive and the car gets perfect shape to be drive on both on-road as well as off-road conditions. Cosmetically, the car is modified and the interiors too receive some changes for better comforts. Even the engine gets its power hike and the performance has improved than the prior one.
Exteriors of Range Rover Sport HSE are truly phenomenal from every angle. The brilliance of the company is shown with the unique graphics and tough outfit with outstanding blends and trims. The Range Rover Sport is spotless and looks symmetric with the long clamshell bonnet, rectangular head lights with interlocking circular lamps , LED lights, three way surrounded chrome grille, Front fog lamps and air-dam at the front. The size looks massive with the raised front bumper and the large windshield is addition to the adorable factors of the car. At the side too, the perfect carving out of exteriors continue with ultimate creases, large and attractive alloy wheels, Blackened pillars and the side fender vents with metallic straps. The chrome cladding at the lower end or the doors is another contemporary feature added in the Range Rover HSE. Moreover, the rear profile also gets many things attractive to catch the attention of the onlookers. There is a large spoiler at the rear top that hosts high mounted stop lamps and the tail lights are also designed elegantly. The another add on to the exteriors is the Rear door that gets the chrome cladding and company signature. The rear bumper looks quite sober and premium and the twin chrome exhausts at the rear bottom are worth in adding sportiness.
Lavishness can be discovered in the interiors of the all classy Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE that are made capacious considering proper comforts of the passengers. There is plenty of leg-room, headroom and shoulder width in both the rows and the thigh and back support are also appreciable. The dash board is quite sober and premium one that hosts air-con vents surrounded by wood and chrome. The seats are designed well to accommodate you with ease thereby offering proper comforts. This particular variant gets Oxford Perforated Leather seats that look all premium. Besides this, the centre console gets all the information and gadgetry things installed in it. The steering wheel and the gear shift knob also come wrapped up with the premium leather. You will discover the real joy of lightening with the full-size
sliding panoramic glass roof.
Engine and Performance :
The potent machine Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE gets a highly efficient engine under its hood to cater the best in class drive. It comes powered by the 3.0 Litre 6-cylinder LR SDV6 diesel mill that is calibrating enough to churn out maximum power of 288 bhp at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 600 Nm at 2000 rpm. In addition, the company has mated the 8 speed automatic transmission with the engine. The acceleration of this engine is superb and power is felt maximum while driving on highway. This impeccable machine clocks speed mark of 0 - 100 kmph in a précised time of 7.2 seconds .
Braking and Handling :
Range Rover Sport HSE gets best in class stopping capabilities that makes it a great crossover to drive through any of the typical and worst conditions. Like the other crossovers, it has been offered with the advanced Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) . Added to this, the company has added the incredible Terrain Response 2 feature in this SUV to enable it in crossing through the terrains with ease. In addition, the braking and stability is further assisted with features like Dynamic stability control, Vehicle stability control and Central locking differential. Other than this, features like Automatic release parking brakes, Traction control system, Cornering brake control and Independent automatic locking hubs are like icing on cake. The Range Rover Sport is also pretty good in terms of handling and drive. The steering wheel is well in control and is very smooth in taking sharp turns. Moreover, the road grip of the car is very good and road stability is felt at its best. We will also applaud the advanced Four-corner air suspension that avails smoothest ride to the passengers even on the bouncy roads.
Comfort Features :
With the introduction of all new Range Rover Sport HSE, the company has ensured that the patrons come across the premium comforts that are bestowed through - Premium leather upholstery, Cup-holders, Cooling compartment , Four zone climate control with personalization, Front & Rear centre arm-rests, Meridian Signature Reference System with 23 loudspeakers, Surround five camera system for Park Assist, Dual view front screen, Rear seat entertainment with eight inches screens, Bottle holders etc.
Safety Features :
The all classy Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE comes loaded with lots of exciting features to cater you with the safest ride. It comes incorporated with wide range of features that include - Height adjustable head rests, Front & Rear Fog lights, Airbags, Dynamic stability control, Central locking system, Vehicle stability control, Automatic release parking brakes , Traction control system, Central locking differential, Cornering brake control, Independent automatic locking hubs, Terrain Response 2 feature, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).
Pros : Stunning sporty exteriors, spacious interiors, efficient engine, modest features.
Cons : High price tag.