The Landlord with the double heart: Test Range Rover Sport Hybrid

"Sport is murder" - does this legendary saying by Winston Churchill stand for the view of the British upper class on physical exercise? And if so, how does a Range Rover Sport fit into the picture? And what happens when you pull the supposedly green body of a “hybrid lettering” over the massive body of the full-size SUV?

Manufacturers of SUVs and so-called crossover vehicles like to market their products as particularly "sporty", among other things. After all, the “S” in SUVs also stands for “sport”. And sometimes the alibi drive hybrid comes under the sheet metal. An exciting mix. A sporty saver, in the guise of a 2.5 ton truck - aha!

The greatest sporting challenge for SUV drivers seems to be "getting on" the vehicle. In the case of the Range Rover Sport 3.0L SDV6 Diesel Hybrid, this is no different. Even though it is a more sporty challenge, even for fat and unsportsmanlike people, to pack two boxes of water in the trunk than to climb into the driver's seat. The loading sill is already at chest height for normal mortals.

Dual Heart Landlord test and driving report

Range Rover Sport 3.0 diesel hybrid

Land Rover is known for not just building SUVs. But vehicles that deserve (still) the increasingly rare predicate "off-road vehicle". With which you can do more than just a short over a dirt road to hoppeln. This raises the question of what kind of vehicle the new Range Rover Sport can already be?

First of all, the "sport" is a real range, so it is derived from the 14 centimeter longer noble SUV Range Rover. This is by no means as obvious as it sounds, as the first generation was still based on the classes of deeper discovery. Since late summer last year, there is the second-generation Range Rover Sport, which deserves this name for the first time.

Save on prosperity level

From the noble sister model Range Rover, the "Sport" has taken over the full aluminum body, the light metal is not only used on the outer skin, but also in the structure. The resulting effect is amazing, at least when you compare the new model with the old one. The British have saved over 400 kilograms in weight. It goes without saying that the "Sport" with the 3,0-liter diesel we selected under the hood reacts to gas commands with spontaneous propulsion. An electric motor, which pushes the power of the diesel engine to a system output of 340 hp, helps the Briton quite immodestly. Coincidentally, exactly the same performance as the V8 diesel. And then both have the same system power of 700 Nm to offer. Hardly a coincidence. Rather a good argument to swap the V8 for the hybrid. This is also supported by the official driving data: After 6.9 seconds, the "hybrid sport", starting from a standstill, arrived at 100 km / h. Up to 218 km / h are possible. Much more important than these numbers, however, is the very special range feeling. Comfortable abundance. Velvety embedded between a lot of leather, wood, a stunning aluminum body and an accurately acting eight-speed automatic, every excursion in the “Sport-Hybrid” becomes a short wellness holiday with an outrageous feel-good factor. Anyone who thinks money doesn't make you happy has never been able to afford a Range Rover Sport.

No Sports

218 km / h, 6.9 seconds, 8 gears - yes, these are all values ​​that a sports car would have looked good on just a few years ago. But - the word “sport” doesn't fit your otherwise well-groomed understatement at all. And not in the everyday life of the Sport Hybrid Range either. "Sporty" plowing through the water? Could the range. Because even as a “hybrid” with a 1.76 kWh “small” battery, the fording depth is 900 mm. But if you want to glide purely electrically, you have to get involved in a manageable distance and not let the speedometer needle slip over the 50 km / h mark. And that happens, due to the perfection of the sailing experience in the British thick ship, simply far too fast! Forget that sporty. Get involved in the “slide”. That is his domain. Even though the Range Rover “Sport” is surprisingly handy to direct over country roads. 2.5 tons? Hm. It doesn't feel like that either.

But even in the Range Rover Sport Hybrid Diesel - as in many full-size SUVs - you prefer to drive quickly with the brakes. The interior is modern, but more elegant than it is really sporty, and the seats are suitable for long journeys and the steering is more direct than its predecessor, but not really sporty either. But hey, seriously. Did anyone expect that?

Anyone who thinks money is not happy could just never afford a Range Rover Sport Hybrid. 

Still, you can have fun with the British. The core competencies of a range are not the dynamic alpine pass, but the rough terrain. Or simply the long journey. And even if the Range Rover Sport only parks on the Kö or replaces the school bus, it could - if it should. And if need be, it will probably also replace the car travel train to Sylt. When it comes to off-road, the British don't let their dominance rub off. Both the mechanical side of the drive train - with differential locks, degree of skew and slope angle - is dominantly geared towards off-road adventures, and the software-controlled control systems of the drive train leave no doubt about the tenacity with which one could steer a range in the direction of summit crossing . Without any asphalt Alpine passes.

A look at the price list, however, shows the downside of the “with full pants you can stink well” offer. We'll save the details at this point. If you're ripe for the Range, then you know that. If you're not ripe, then we don't want to scare you with the price.

Sport is murder and Winston Churchill was wrong. Sport is pretty exciting and fun, at least if you have the right ignition key.

DATA Range Rover Sport Hybrid SDV6 3.0

Price € 129.200, -
tax annually € 260,40
Power Type V6 diesel with e-motor, 2993 ccm, 250 kW (340 PS) system output, 700 Nm. 8-speed automatic transmission, permanent all-wheel drive, dynamically variable.
dimensions: 5 seats, L / W / H 4999/1983/1835 mm, weight 2394 kg, case no. 550-2030 l, tank 80 l.
Performance: 0-100 km / h 6,9 sec, top 218 km / h, standard consumption / CO2 6,4l / 100 km / 169 g / km.

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