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Performance On Road and Off: 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR Test Drive

Do you think high-performance SUVs are cool or useless? If there’s an automaker which should be focused on delivering a high-performance SUV, its has be Land Rover. And with the Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover isn’t just after the performance.  This is still a brute of an off-roading machine, and offers all the luxury and utility you can expect at a $100,000 price point. The SVR is remarkably special, and unquestionably sets the benchmark of what a performance SUV should be.

2018 Range Rover Sport SVR

2018 Range Rover Sport SVR Exterior

This segment is clearly full of some exceptional looking vehicles – however, we have to say that the Range Rover SVR is probably the best looking in the segment. The Range Rover Sport SVR gets some new design elements like narrower headlamps and a bolder front-end – but there are a range of model exclusive touches including large air vents, revised front bumper, red brake calipers, 21-inch wheels, and a bunch of SVR badging all around.

Now, most think that the hood of the Range Rover Sport SVR comes with the exposed carbon fiber but it’s actually a part of a package – a very expensive package. Is it a part of the $4,385 Carbon Fiber Exterior Package that adds a range of carbon fiber trims? Nope. It’s actually a part of the Carbon Fiber Exterior with Exposed Carbon Fiber Hood Package which costs $5,200 – and that’s not even the most expensive exterior design element. In fact, the most expensive exterior design option is the line of SVO Premium colors which go for an eye-watering $9,180 each! The only paint job that costs $0 is the Fuji White color. The prices go up from there to $710 for Metallic, $4,080 for SVO, and then to $9,180 for SVO Premium. Also, if you want black wheels you’ll have to cash out an extra $3,060 for the 22-inch Style 5083 wheels. So let’s just say you want that popular Velocity Ultra Metallic Blue color and black wheels, get ready to cash out an extra $7,140.

2018 Range Rover Sport SVR

2018 Range Rover Sport SVR Interior

Since all Range Rover models already have a very attractive and quality built luxury interior, not much has changed for the performance Range Rover Sport SVR. You do get some model exclusive touches including SVR Performance Seats, a cooler steering, and trim finishes in Satin Brushed Aluminum, Grand Black or Gloss Carbon Fiber. Of course, there are a bunch of SVR logos placed throughout the cabin. A new feature for the 2018/2019 model year is Land Rover’s new InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that adds a second reconfigurable screen underneath the 10-inch display. The second screen houses various info like climate control, heated/cooled seat controls, and changes to the drive-modes. One of my favorite new features is the gesture-controlled sunroof shade that allows you to open and close the fabric share just by waving your hand. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard features.

Everything is really standard on the interior of the Range Rover Sport SVR other than the $4,450 Meridian Signature Sound System, and the $2,345 carbon fiber trim finish. The only packages you can really add on are the driver assist features and the Towing Package.

Cargo capacity wise you get a total volume of 24.8 ft³ behind the second row and 56.8 ft³ with the second row folded.

2018 Range Rover Sport SVR

2018 Range Rover Sport SVR Performance

The 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by a 5.0L supercharged V8 engine making a total of 575 horsepower with a peak torque of 516 lb-ft. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, zero to 60 mph comes in just 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 176 mph.

Here’s how the Range Rover Sport SVR stacks up to its rivals:

  • BMW X5 M: 567-hp / 0-60 in 4.0 / $101,700.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: 475-hp / 0-60 in 4.3 / $67,695.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: 707-hp / 0-60 in 3.5 / $86,200.
  • Mercedes-AMG GLE63: 550-hp / 0-60 in 4.2 / $102,550.
  • Porsche Cayenne Turbo: 541-hp / 0-60 in 3.9 / $124,600.

As you can see, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is really the best bang for your buck. However, it doesn’t allow you to live in the lap of luxury like other models on the list. With that being said, the BMW X5 M starts looking like the best option. So what makes the Range Rover Sport SVR more compelling than its competitor? It’s the most capable SUV on this list on top of being a performance SUV.

While the Range Rover Sport SVR may not stand out in terms of power, performance, and price when compared to the BMW X5 M and Mercedes-AMG GLE63, it is unquestionably the most capable SUV in this segment. Since we are talking about SUVs here, the Range Rover Sport SVR does the SUV part REALLY well on top of being a performance vehicle. So yes, while this 5,093-pound beast can run from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds, it also comes standard with Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system. The system allows you to pick between various traction conditions – General Driving, Dynamic, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand, and Rock Crawl. The Range Rover Sport SVR also comes standard with All-Terrain Progress Control which is basically like adaptive cruise control for even the most novice off-roader (it’s pretty amazing – YouTube it). Wading depth comes in at 29.5-inches while the approach angle comes in at 24.2° and departure angle comes in at 24.9°. Simply put, you can get any performance SUV that excites you, but the Range Rover SVR is the most capable performance SUV overall.

How much will you be spending at the gas station? The 2018 Range Rove Sport SVR gets a total of 15/20 mpg* (city/highway) when it comes to fuel economy.

2018 Range Rover Sport SVR

2018 Range Rover Sport SVR Safety

When it comes to safety, all Range Rover models are packed with standard and optional driver assist tech including a rear view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, park assist, pedestrian alert, and much more.

2018 Range Rover Sport SVR Overall

We’ve always found performance SUVs a bit awkward. A vehicle segment that is centered around being utilitarian and a vehicle that allows you to go off-road doesn’t need to be a track beast… or does it? Of course, a part of us likes when automakers say “let’s throw as much as power as possible and jack up the price and get a little flashy”. While we can’t remember the last time we saw a performance SUV hit the track, vehicles like the Range Rover Sport SVR are clearly special and very cool in their own right. Prices for the 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR start at $113,600**. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Land Rover dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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