The Rover Sport is a midsize SUV that is slightly smaller than the Discovery and slightly larger than the Evoque. In its SVR form, it is also a muscle car inside a luxury SUV package. This means that you are huddled in elegant surroundings while yelling “OMG” by putting rubber on the pavement.
The 2019 Range Rover Sport comes in six main trim levels, all of which are high in lux and have supercharged engine options of various sizes. However, at the top of the list of six packages is the SVR. The Sport’s specialty vehicle racing model comes with signature wheels, a sport suspension, more intense transmission programming, sport seats, and some cues for fit and style.
All of that is to accommodate the Range Rover Sport SVR’s powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine, which makes 575 horsepower (429 kW) and 516 pound-feet (700 Nm) of torque. From the start, the SVR looks like it’s about to crush rubber. What will be, to order. If the engine noise weren’t there, in fact, one might forget that fact.
With all that musculature, though, the 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR is pretty smooth and cozy on long road trips. It’s quiet on the road, dampens well with its adaptive suspension, and offers extras like cooling and seat massage. And there’s no mistaking the looks of the Sport SVR.
Without question Range Rover, the Sport looks similar to its siblings in the Rover SUV lineup. Its rear quarter, however, is not as angular as that of the Discovery, and it is less rounded than that of the Evoque. It sits somewhere in the middle, which makes for a nice look that avoids being boxy. Body lines complete the appeal with strong front-to-back edges and the unique shell-style hood. The SVR somehow looks closer to the ground, even if it isn’t, and it retains the expectation of capability inherent in the Range Rover name. However, its credibility on the street is bolstered by big calipers, big wheels, and those rumbling tubes.
The SVR comes at a cost compared to other sports models. It’s a lot thirstier, of course, as the large engine is the least fuel-efficient of the line, in the realm of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford” MPG returns. The third row option is also not available for the SVR. A 22-inch wheel upgrade, a head-up display screen, the aforementioned massage seats, and various other items are options rather than standard. So is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, although these are free updates this year.
The 2019 Sport SVR is not exactly a sports car, with a handling more in line with an SUV, but he certainly enjoys being treated as such. Acceleration is very good, easily arriving in less than five seconds in a sprint from 0 to 60 mph (0-92 km / h). However, where things really shine is in the direction and response of the terrain. Handling on the highway is very good, considering how heavy this SUV is, but off-road it gets really good and the faster response from the supercharged engine is worth it. Steering is accurate and fast without becoming a burden in urban and tight parking situations.
Driving every day in a six-figure SUV is satisfying, but stressful. A machine like this cannot be parked anywhere, and the valet must be very trustworthy. However, no one handling this will feel like their cost accounting is in the red. The price paid is worth the goods received.
The 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR is both a muscle car and a luxury sports utility in one package. It is equally capable of screaming with its thunder and screaming with its comfort; with the occasional “OMG” that grabs the bar when the accelerator is pushed to the floor. This, friends, is living.
Product page: Range Rover Sport 2019