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Range Rover Sport
Like its larger sibling, the new Range Rover is equally talented as a top-line luxury vehicle or hard-core off-road vehicle. The interior is as sumptuous as that of any luxury sedan and affords occupants a commanding view of the world outside. Yet it also has low-range, staggering axle articulation and can wade through 850mm of water.
That breadth of ability is a remarkable achievement in itself.
But the Sport also delivers a truly driver-oriented experience that does justice to its name.
The turbo-diesel models are completely unstressed and surprisingly economical, thanks in part to the Sport's all-aluminium construction that has reduced weight by hundreds of kilograms compared with the previous model.
The flagship supercharged V8 benefits from that weight reduction in a different way, with devastating performance for a large SUV: 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds. It makes an impressive noise as well - remember, this is the same engine that powers the Jaguar F-Type.