Despite the Sport weighing the best part of two-and-a-half tonnes, the engine gets the car up to speed with ease.
It's quiet while cruising and the new gearbox is rarely unsettled. You can use the paddles behind the steering wheel to change gear manually, but the automatic 'box always seems to be in the right one, so there's little need. Just sit back, relax and let this big car do the work for you.
As befitting a car with 'Sport' in its name, the Range Rover Sport handles pretty well – certainly better than the Discovery, which is mechanically similar. Our test car was fitted with 19-inch wheels – rather than the standard 20-inchers – so while the ride was pretty comfortable, it may be firmer on the standard wheels.