The highly-rated 4×4 SUV is one of ten finalists listed for the prestigious motoring accolade. The car is up against contenders from top luxury brands such as Mercedes, BMW and Porsche.
Land Rover will hope its impressive Range Rover Sport remains on the contenders list when the nominees are whittled down to just three – via an announcement at the Geneva Motor Show, which starts next week.
Before this show, 69 distinguished automotive journalists from around the world select the finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car and World Performance Car categories. It’s decided by secret ballot, based on their experience with each candidate vehicle as part of their professional work.
Currently starting from £59,995, the Range Rover Sport is currently available in three trim levels. These include entry-level HSE, mid-range HSE Dynamic and the top of the range Autobiography Dynamic.
As standard, all Land Rover Range Rover Sport models come equipped with rain-sensing wipers, follow-me-home lighting, fog lamps and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Also featured with the current Range Rover Sport is interior mood lighting, front parking aid, rear view camera and keyless entry, among much more.
Inside the Range Rover Sport is not only filled with gadgets but also very spacious and practical. Able to seat up to seven, the 4×4 has 958 litres of cargo space to offer as standard. The rear seats can be folded to increase the Sport’s loading capacity to as much as 2,013 litres.
Engines for the Range Rover Sport include a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel with outputs of 255bhp or 288bhp. With either output this engines gives the SUV a CO2 emission output below 200g/km. Also available in the engine range is a mightily fast supercharged V8 petrol engine.
With its new-generation Terrarin Response 2 system computer, the Range Rover Sport can adapt the suspension and power distribution to tackle all sorts of low-grip surfaces, like mud or snow.
One rather intriguing driving feature on the new Sport is the Wade Sensing gadget. This driving gadget provides ‘depth’ information when driving through water.
The Range Rover Sport range is set to be expanded with a new hybrid model, which utilises a 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine coupled with an electric motor. With this powertrain, the hybrid model achieves combined fuel economy of 44.1mpg and emits just 169g/km of CO2.