60: Range Rover and Range Rover Sport – membership of the country set

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The Range Rover Sport is the CEO’s car - stylish, surprisingly good fun to drive, roomy, and with the option of seven seats

The Range Rover Sport is the CEO’s car - stylish, surprisingly good fun to drive, roomy, and with the option of seven seats

 

The two biggest Range Rover models can be considered as one continual range, not least because they both share a common aluminium structure as their base, as well as most of their engines and ancillary systems. That said, there are clear differences.

The Range Rover Sport is the CEO’s car - stylish, surprisingly good fun to drive, roomy, and with the option of seven seats. Loaded-up, it’s hard to imagine a smoother and more soothing way to cross country. Ah, that is until you see what the company president and chairman is driving; the ‘full fat’ Range Rover.

Arguably more stylish, but definitely more luxurious, the Range Rover is a strict five-seater (four-seater if you go for the rear seat centre console) and gloriously refined. Comfort levels can almost put an S-Class to shame, and even a much more expensive Bentley Bentayga can’t beat the Range Rover for sheer image.

And, of course, they’re both amazing off-road. That shouldn’t matter. Yet it does. New plugin hybrid models should improve green credentials a little.

Best model: Range Rover Vogue SE

Prices start from: €74,585

Finance package from: POA

Co2 emissions: 64-294g/km

Sum-up: Hunter wellies, Barbour jacket, Range Rover. You’re ready for the country set.