The Range Rover Sport was close to the top of most judges’ score sheets. The combination of a powerful, refined diesel engine, excellent stability and a luxurious cabin was hard to beat.

Sprinting from 30-60mph took just 11.6 seconds, making the Range Rover Sport one of the quickest cars in this year’s tests.

The Sport’s braking was even more impressive. It’s not easy stopping over 4.5 tonnes from 30mph in just 10 metres, but that’s exactly what the Range Rover’s frisbee-sized disc brakes did.

Surprisingly, however, the Sport didn’t perform as well as the Land Rover Discovery in the lane-change test, being pulled around slightly on the higher-speed runs. Even so, the Al-Ko ATC system showed there was little movement from the caravan when slowing down from 70mph.

Leave the caravan behind and you won’t believe a 2.5-tonne 4×4 can corner so well. The steering has been much improved with the 2010 model, so the Sport is more satisfying to drive than before.

Land Rovers usually pick up high scores in the practicality judging and the Range Rover Sport is no exception. There’s room for a full load of holiday luggage, a full-size spare wheel, a Trailer Stability Programme and self-levelling suspension. Even the handbook’s towing section is better laid out and more detailed than most.

We prefer the Discovery, though. It’s less expensive, more comfortable and has two extra seats. Nonetheless, the Range Rover Sport is quite a car.

Category Winners
2019 Up to 1400kg

Škoda Octavia

Hatch 1.5 TSI 150PS SE L DSG

2019 1400-1549kg

Seat Ateca

2.0 TSI 190PS FR DSG

2019 1550-1699kg

Volkswagen Arteon

2.0 TDI 150PS Elegance DSG

2019 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2019 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 SDV6 HSE

2019 Best Budget 4x4

Dacia Duster

1.5 dCi Ambiance 4x4

2019 Best Plug-In Hybrid

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

P400e HSE Dynamic

2019 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Seat Arona

1.0 TSI 115 FR

2019 Fuel Economy Award

Ford Focus Estate

1.5 EcoBlue 120PS Titanium X

Previous Winners

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport


Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*


Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG


Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance


Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport


Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS


Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic


Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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