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  • Daily Driven: 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR

Daily Driven: 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR

Power, Performance, Luxury

Oct 2, 2019
We've been big fans of the Range Rover Sport for quite a while. So it was a no-brainer to respond with an enthusiastic "Yes, please!" when the good folks at Land Rover offered up a 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR for a week. What makes the SVR version of the Range Rover Sport so cool, you ask? Well, most important is the supercharged 5.0L V-8 engine stuffed under the carbon-fiber hood. Yes, the standard Range Rover Sport is offered with an optional supercharged 5.0L, however, in this trim it's turned up to deliver an incredible 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Land Rover claims a 0-to-60-mph time of just 4.3 seconds with a top speed (electronically limited) of 176 mph. We fully believe both of those claims.
Photo 2/23   |   Daily Driven 2019 Range Rover Sport Svr Engine
Sliding behind the wheel immediately brought out our inner 16-year-old. There was hardly a time when we drove the vehicle and did not have the Terrain Response 2 system in Dynamic mode. When in Dynamic and Sport, the vehicle holds gears longer, firms up the suspension and steering, and opens up the active exhaust that makes the SVR incredibly loud. We were tempted to race from stoplight to stoplight, and every freeway onramp became an acceleration challenge. To say merging with the flow of traffic and passing slower vehicles was an easy task would be an understatement. Wide 265/40R22 tires held onto the pavement like a gecko to a wall, and the SVR's massive brakes—15.0 inch front and 14.23 inch rear—quickly reined in the heavy beast.
Photo 3/23   |   Daily Driven 2019 Range Rover Sport Svr Rear 3q
We spent the bulk of our short time with the SVR commuting around Southern California, however, we're certain that if your weekends involve winding mountain roads, there would be no shortage of enjoyment. Another place we didn't go, but where the SVR would be capable, was off-road. Yes, this explosive, street-oriented SUV that rides on optional 22-inch (or standard 21-inch) wheels and performance tires is equipped with Land Rover's stellar Terrain Response 2 traction management system, a two-speed transfer case, and locking differentials. While it is perfectly capable of hitting desert trails, the idea of tearing up thousands of dollars of hard-to-find wheels and tires is not our idea of fun.
Photo 4/23   |   Daily Driven 2019 Range Rover Sport Svr Wheel
With all that performance stuffed under the hood, you might think Range Rover has skimped on luxury to keep the cost down. Never fear, the SVR is just as posh inside as one would expect, and the sticker price is well into the six-figures. Our tester tipped the scale to the tune of $131,520. Base price is a modest $114,500 for the SVR model while a host of options add the extra $17,020. The Driver Assist Pack (which we can't believe isn't standard) adds $3,185, the 1,700-watt Meridian Signature sounds system comes at a cost of $4,540, and those 22-inch wheels and tires add an extra $3,060 to the bottom line. The special Estoril Blue color, head-up display, soft-close doors, activity key, headliner, and seat cooling make up the rest of the $17k.
Photo 5/23   |   Daily Driven 2019 Range Rover Sport Svr
Moving inside, we're still not huge fans of Land Rover's Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. The screens are big and bright and provide loads of information. However, as we've noted before, navigating between the screens and functions can be quite cumbersome, especially while driving down the road. We also spent a lot of our time tethered to our iPhone and with Apple Car Play enabled. Using Car Play helped alleviate most of our prior complaints about utilizing Land Rover's navigation and entertainment systems.
The SVR gets unique front bucket seats with extra bolstering to help contain the driver and front passenger during spirited cornering. We loved the added support, but anyone with wider hips than ours might not find them as inviting. We also love the Meridian audio system. With 29 speakers and 1,700 watts of power, you can really feel the music. That said, we're not sure our untrained ears would notice much of difference between this optional system and the standard—and still impressive—19-speaker, 825-watt system.
Photo 6/23   |   Daily Driven 2019 Range Rover Sport Svr Interior
Ride comfort is great, even in the firmer suspension settings, and we never fatigued while driving, even after hours of grinding away in L.A. traffic. We used adaptive cruise control a lot and found the lane-keep assist to be a bit on the aggressive side, almost bordering on a semi-autonomous driving level of correction. Our biggest gripe, really, has to be the fact that when parking, the equipped 360-degree camera system isn't available for use. We can't figure out what it's use is if not for parking in tight spots, but we digress.
Overall, we're still big fans of the Range Rover Sport and, subsequently, the SVR model. Because really, what's not to love? It's all-wheel drive, with tons of power, loads of grip, and all the comfort and elegance that comes with a Range Rover. Oh, and there's the unparalleled off-road capability, too, if you're into that sort of thing. The price tag is certainly the biggest barrier to entry, but if you can get past that, the Range Rover Sport SVR might just be the perfect SUV for those desiring performance, style, and capability. We may have finally found the jack-of-all-trades, which has mastered them all.
2019 Range Rover Sport SVR
Base price: $114,500
Price as tested: $131,520
Engine: Supercharged, direct-injected DOHC 32-valve 5.0L V-8
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Horsepower: 575 hp @ 6,000 to 6,500 rpm
Torque: 516 hp @ 3,500 to 5,000 rpm
Towing capacity: 6,613 pounds
EPA fuel economy rating: 15 city/20 hwy/16 comb.
Actual calculated economy: 12.94 mpg
Miles driven: 234.9 miles

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