Test Drive - Range Rover Sport


It was looking like conditions couldn’t have been more perfect for our test drive of the Range Rover Sport by Land Rover. Snowflakes coming down with heavy grey clouds, looking like they were about to unleash mayhem on the Northamptonshire roads. My optimism wasn’t rewarded though, it ended up being nothing more than just a flurry.

The test drive was booked with Oliver Bambridge at Guy Salmon Land Rover Northampton. A confirmation email was sent confirming the timing and what I was required to bring for the insurance. I also received a separate email with a 2 minute video of the vehicle I was going to have for the morning.

On arrival we were greeted with a warm ‘good morning’ from the receptionist and immediately guided over to Oliver who was ready to get us going. Oliver introduced himself and took me on a tour of the car, a really nice touch that added to the excitement.

I threw a curveball by asking for my wife to be added to the insurance as I had to go to an appointment when the car needed to be returned. It wasn’t an issue and she was added, meaning I didn’t have to rearrange my diary.

Oliver was a pleasure to deal with, nicely chatty and not pushy at all. He told us about some really interesting test drive experiences that Land Rover offers; something I’m definitely going to look into more. He enthused about some of the technology on the vehicles, not only on the Range Rover Sport but also on other models. The conversation left me with better knowledge about the brand and product, some of which I’ve shared with others already.

We made the short walk to the car, which looked immaculate. We were shown around the vehicle to ensure we were familiar with all the essentials. I already knew from the video that I had the delight of taking out the Range Rover Sport, 3 litre Autobiography which was in Yulong White Metallic. The lunar/ebony leather interior was stunning and would be exactly what I would order for myself.

Land Rover's signature Autobiography range already comes fully loaded. You couldn’t ask for more technology or toys, but this one had 22” wheels, heads up display and heated steering wheel for good measure. It even comes with a fridge in the central compartment, you would be hard pushed to ask for anything else other than the kitchen sink.

For a big car the ride was smooth, I managed to put it through its paces on the dual carriageway and included a bit of town driving also. The camera and parking sensors eliminated the size being an issue while parking. My route to the office also takes me down a country lane, which is well in need of some repair after the winter months; yet the car just took it in its stride.

The drive, along with the experience of booking a test drive through Guy Salmon Land Rover, was top quality. From the moment it was arranged to the experience of driving the vehicle, everything felt premium. The sales team weren’t aware of our visit so we didn’t have any special treatment.

Oliver was a pleasure to deal with, nicely chatty and not pushy at all. He told us about some really interesting test drive experiences that Land Rover offers; something I’m definitely going to look into more. He enthused about some of the technology on the vehicles, not only on the Range Rover Sport but also on other models. The conversation left me with better knowledge about the brand and product, some of which I’ve shared with others already.

We made the short walk to the car, which looked immaculate. We were shown around the vehicle to ensure we were familiar with all the essentials. I already knew from the video that I had the delight of taking out the Range Rover Sport, 3 litre Autobiography which was in Yulong White Metallic. The lunar/ebony leather interior was stunning and would be exactly what I would order for myself.

Land Rover's signature Autobiography range already comes fully loaded. You couldn’t ask for more technology or toys, but this one had 22” wheels, heads up display and heated steering wheel for good measure. It even comes with a fridge in the central compartment, you would be hard pushed to ask for anything else other than the kitchen sink.

For a big car the ride was smooth, I managed to put it through its paces on the dual carriageway and included a bit of town driving also. The camera and parking sensors eliminated the size being an issue while parking. My route to the office also takes me down a country lane, which is well in need of some repair after the winter months; yet the car just took it in its stride.

The drive, along with the experience of booking a test drive through Guy Salmon Land Rover, was top quality. From the moment it was arranged to the experience of driving the vehicle, everything felt premium. The sales team weren’t aware of our visit so we didn’t have any special treatment.