This week we take a look at the fastest Range Rover ever produced, the Sport SVR. This two and a half ton SUV takes you from 0-to-60 in just 4.3 seconds and will top out at 176 miles per hour.
All that power sits under a vented, carbon fiber hood that covers a supercharged 5-liter V8 putting out 575-horses and 516-pound feet of torque. It has an 8-speed automatic that you can shift from the steering wheel paddles and, as with all Rovers, it is all-wheel drive.
Range Rover Sport was redesigned for 2019, but this SVR has unique features like the aforementioned hood and the huge air vents under the front bumper that feed air to the big engine. Visibly this is a great looking SUV with 22” wheels and meaty tires, quad exhaust and a spoiler in the rear and the Estoril Blue paint with a black roof.
Land Rovers are famous for luxurious interiors and the contoured Windsor leather SVR seats are very comfortable. I love the interactive gauge cluster that allows you to change what you see between the speedometer and tachometer. You can look straight ahead to see a colorful head-up display.
The gauges are controlled from the SVR steering wheel. Something I’ve never seen except in a Rover, when you press the menu button on the left side of the steering wheel, it changes completely.
The center console is where everything happens. There is a nifty storage area under the cup holders, and to the left of them is the Terrain Response and height controls if you decide to go off the pavement.
Above that is the first of two screens. Across the top of the lower screen you control climate, seat temperatures, the vehicle controls, and finally the settings.
Since I personally own a 2019 Sport myself, I stay on the vehicle screen most of the time. There you can choose from seven drive modes, Dynamic is my personal favorite. You can also turn off the start/stop system, turn on the amazing exhaust, and access the performance pages that include a G- Meter and stopwatch to get your lap times.
The top screen, which you can tilt forward and back if there is any glare, is where you operate the Navigation system, the sound system, and Bluetooth.
All the systems in this vehicle are easy to operate and understand, but the system moves a little slower than I would prefer. The is a slight lag between screens.
The interior is roomy for five adults and there is a lot of cargo area in the back, and it even has a full-sized spare. One cool feature is when loading cargo in the back, you can lower the vehicle to make it easier.
Standard Equipment and Options
Range Rover SVRs come loaded with standard equipment. Most notable are power lift gate, a massive power panoramic moon roof, keyless entry, rear camera, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitor, and adaptive cruise control.
Options on this one include a 1700-watt sound system that is incredible, heated and cooled seats, soft-closing doors, and an activity band that allows you to lock the keys in your car and the band will unlock the vehicle and it’s waterproof.
Ride and Handling
Although this speedster would be a real joy on a track, it’s an incredibly capable vehicle off-road, although you’d want to change tires from what’s on it.
Acceleration is astounding and the exhaust sound is arguably the best I’ve ever heard. Handling is superb, it is very quiet inside, and is one of the safest vehicles you can put your family in.
Fuel economy is 15 in town, 20 on the highway but I’m not getting anywhere close to either estimate and, frankly, I don’t care.
What You’ll Pay
This beast will set you back $131,520, which is a lot of money, but if you can afford it and if you’ll test drive it, that will seem like a very good value.
2019 Range Rover Sport SVR Review
- What I liked most: Performance and handling.
- What I would change: Make the electronics more responsive.
- MSRP: Base price $114,500. MSRP is $131,520 with transportation.
- Fuel Economy: 15 City/20 Highway/16 combined.
- Fuel Tank: 27.6 gallons with filler on the passenger side.
- Dimensions: 192.2” long/87.4” wide/71” high.
- Weight: 5070 pounds.
- Trailer Towing: 6000 pounds.
- Miles When Tested: 5500 miles.
- Official Color: Estoril Blue.
- Spare tire: Full-sized spare.
- Final Assembly Point: Solihull, UK
- 2019 Rover SVR in a few words: The SVR is a beast, with amazing acceleration and handling. You’ll smile every time you crank it up.
- Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance.
- Manufacturer’s website: www.LandRover.com
- Next up: 2019 BMW 330i