David Motton

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Practical Caravan's 2008 review of the Range Rover Sport 3.6 TDV8 HSE reveals a punchy, refined and tow car

Overview

Although it didn’t go home with any medals at Practical Caravan's 2008 Tow Car Awards, the Range Rover Sport was still a highly impressive tow car.

Towing

 The 3.6-litre engine is smooth and refined, and strong enough to pull car and caravan from 30-60mph in just 11 seconds.

In spite of the heaviest kerbweight of any car tested in our Tow Car Awards testing, the Sport stopped as well as it went, taking just 10.88 metres to stop from 30mph.

Through the lane-change test, the steering felt a bit light compared with the Audi Q7. Even so, it swerved through the cones with less roll than the Discovery.

Space

Inside the cabin, five can stretch out in comfort. There’s plenty of room for bags, too: every item of luggage but the Aquaroll fit in.

Running costs

Purchase price and running costs are steep, but What Car? predicts the Sport will be worth 50% of its original price in three years.

Technical specs

Kerbweight2788 kg
85% KW2370 kg
Towball limit150 kg
Maximum towing limit3500 kg

Verdict

This Range Rover runs the Audi Q7 a close race as the ideal towcar for the well-heeled.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Cabin space and boot space are very good
  • The engine pulls well

Cons

  • It's expensive
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