We had our doubts about the first-gen Range Rover Sport. Some thought it was too flashy for a brand that traded on understated elegance, while others took umbrage with the heavy Discovery-based underpinnings. For version 2.0, Land Rover has made the wise decision to base the Sport on the accomplished aluminium full-monocoque underpinnings of the flagship Range Rover. And it has transformed the vehicle. The newcomer feels appreciably more wieldy and surefooted than its predecessor, yet it manages to ride with close-to the surety of the donor car and almost matches its stellar levels of refinement, too. Three excellent engines are available – the 3,0-litre biturbo-diesel is our first choice – as well as three trim levels, while the spacious cabin further cements the newfound sophistication.