2008 Range Rover Sport review (TDV8)

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2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport TDV8 08MY Review

Test model: 2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8 MY08

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Options fitted: This particular test vehicle was a tad overloaded with options.

  • Sunroof - $3000 (should be standard)
  • Personal telephone Integration System - $2,500 (over the top expensive and available through many portable Sat Nav systems)
  • Premium Navigation System - $6,100 (over the top – buy a MIO C720 portable Sat Nav for less than $700 – it’s a faster processor than most in car systems.
  • Metallic Paint - $1500 (unfortunately a necessity on any Range Rover variant)
  • Active Cruise Control - $5000 (not tested)
  • Rear seat entertainment (DVD, audio etc) - $5,500 (over the top)
  • Front Park distance control - $850 (too expensive and should be standard on an SUV of this calibre
  • Television System - $1,500 (I’d go for this –especially if you spend your life as a taxi for kids)
  • Powerfold mirrors - $850 (should be standard)
  • Console cooler box – $750 (OK but it’s too small)
  • Memory pack for driver’s seat and mirrors - $1,100 (don’t bother)
  • Adaptive headlights - $1,000 (if you drive a lot at night)
  • Premium ICE - $1950 – (I like my music and Range Rover have a history of top shelf sound systems, usually Harmon Kardon
  • Tow bar pack - $500 (yep)
  • Active Rear Diff - $1000 (only if you like to go off road and I don’t mean dirt tracks)
  • 20’ Alloy wheels - $2700 (100% yes – you’ll like it even more)

by: Anthony Crawford

Where it sits: The Range Rover Sport TDV8 is exactly the same price as the petrol powered V8, but god only knows why you would opt for that variant. It may as well be deleted from the range!

How the Land Rover guys are able to extract 200kW of power and a monstrous 640Nm of torque from a diminutive 3.6-litre V8 diesel is a complete mystery to me.

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The published acceleration times do not tell the full story. Both these “Sports” are quick. The Supercharged version runs the 0-100km/h dash in 7.6 and the TDV8 in 9.2. But don’t think for one second that the diesel won’t nail your spine to the seat back because it surely does and I’ll tell you why. Torque, pure and simple. 640Nm in the V8 diesel corner, and a paltry 550Nm in the V8 supercharged petrol corner. Those are some big numbers, but then these are some big vehicles.

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But most V8’s are thirsty. Not this one. I purposely drove this Rangie with a lead foot all week, and it was still showing an average consumption of 16.2L/100km and that folks, is beyond remarkable, when you consider the fun I had.

The TDV8 tops out at a commendable 209km/h, which I suppose is somewhat irrelevant in Australia, but great for those European readers wishing to fly via Land Rover Airlines between border countries.

The German built ZF six-speed auto transmission deployed in the Sport, has few peers when it comes to traditional automatic gearboxes. It is smooth, quick shifting and deliberate, with near perfectly placed gear ratios.

Turn this Land Rover into a corner at a reasonable velocity for the first time, and you brace yourself for some serious body lean. But there just isn’t any, none at all. It’s an astonishing sensation, accentuated by the so-called “command driving position” which curiously has you sitting up high, but at the same time, you feel enclosed like a sports car. It’s hard to explain, but I can tell you it’s unique to the Range Rover family.

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Off road capability is what separates the men from the boys when it comes to high-speed luxury SUVs. Very few, if any, can successfully compete with the Range Rover Sport TDV8.

To put that into perspective, the wade depth limit for the “go anywhere” Land Rover Defender is a sufficient 500mm. The Sport has the ability to cross proper rivers at 700mm!

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Engine: 3.6 litre 32-valve twin turbo diesel V8
Power: 200kW (272bhp) @ 4000rpm
Torque: 640Nm (472lb-ft) @ 2000rpm
0-100km: 9.2 secs, 0-60mph: 8.6 secs
Top Speed: 209 km/h (130mph)
Transmission: ZF 6-speed auto with manual shift capability
Four-wheel drive system: full-time four wheel drive with standard locking centre diff and Terrain Response
Fuel tank capacity: 84.1 litres
Fuel economy combined: 11.1 L/100km
Emissions: 294g/km
Turning circle: 11.48
Height: 1812 mm
Length: 4788 mm
Weight: 2675kg
Width/including mirrors: 1928/2177 mm
Max ground clearance: 227 mm
Wade depth: 700 mm
Max load volume: 2103 litres
Safety: Driver and front passenger airbags – head and side, full size driver and front passenger side, rear outboard passenger head, electronic park brake, Electronic Brake Assist, ABS –four channel, Dynamic Stability Control, Active roll mitigation, Dynamic Response.
Warranty: 3 years/100,000km