That said, it’s still a heavy vehicle and you will need to slam those brakes on from time to time.
In terms of its engines, there’s a trio of diesels to choose from. A 2.0-litre SD4 model sits at the bottom of the range, where it develops 237bhp and covers the 0-62 sprint in 8.3 seconds.
However, it struggles with the car’s weight occasionally; a better option is a 3.0-litre V6 diesel that develops 298bhp and covers the 0-62 dash in 6.8 seconds.
Rounding off the range is a 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel that develops 329bhp and covers the same 0-62 stretch in 6.9 seconds. It’s smooth and quiet but nowhere near as quick as the fastest BMW.
Running costs? The 3.0-litre diesel engine is our top pick and it returns a decent 40.4mpg while emitting 185g/km of CO2. It has a BiK rating of 37%, which is the highest one. The bigger 4.4-litre diesel has the same BiK rating but can only return 33.6mpg at best while emitting 219g/km.
Inside, the Range Rover Sport impresses us with its comfort and quality levels. It’s well-built, and feels and looks as luxurious as the BMW.
That said, it’s not quite as easy on the eye as the BMW but there’s no doubting that this is a very plush cabin.
The raised seats give you a commanding view of the road, and insulation is excellent.
The dashboard is coated in leather, button clutter has been reduced, and a 10” infotainment screen is more responsive than last time.
Is the Range Rover Sport practical? It’s smaller than the standard Range Rover but it’s still a sizeable car that’s long and wide, and which can accommodate five adults well. That said, the middle seat is a bit of an oddly shaped one and it’s best to see this as a 4.5 seater.
There is a seven-seater option available but the extra row is suitable for kids only.
The boot, meanwhile, measures 784-litres and extends to 1,761 when you fold the rear seats.
Range Rover Sport – £61,315 – £99,680