BY H. THROTTLEAUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST
This week it snowed and the “Estoril Blue” 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR was delivered to my driveway. It arrived laden with ice and snow from the raging early season blizzard. The storm cleared quickly, and I enjoyed testing the amazing vehicle for the week.
The sticker suggested manufacturer’s suggested retail price was a shocking $114,500. Optional equipment on this test sport model took the price even higher to $131,520.
This Range Rover was assembled in Solihull, U.K. with a British engine and surprisingly a United States transmission. The engine is a 5L-V8 that features a 575-horsepower turbo-charged power plant. When accelerating in this machine it is like the roar of a lion on safari where so many Range Rover vehicles are used for their rugged durability. This vehicle is designed for off road terrain and has two off road modes. The transmission is a five-speed with steering wheel paddles for quick shifting.
The seats are deep, heated and comfortable with lumbar and memory controls. The rear seats are heated with heated fold options.
A complete navigation system with a ten-inch screen are featured along with a powerful Meridian sound and speakers. Air bags surround the passengers and the vehicle has the latest safety features of blind spot monitor, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, and Perimetric alarm protection.
This is a powerful machine that can maneuver almost anywhere yet is nimble and handles easily in Denver traffic. The turbo-engine provides exceptional acceleration but also is heavy on fuel consumption resulting in an overall 16 mpg performance.
The Range Rover has a 4-year/50,000 miles limited warranty.
Overall this is a classic all-around outdoor vehicle that has a long-standing reputation in the great outdoors.
Slide back that panoramic roof and enjoy the Colorado mountain parks and trails.
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