Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Those familiar with the standard Land Rover Range Rover Sport may wonder what has changed with the SVR, since at first glance it looks much like the model it is derived from. The wide flowing dash is covered in leather, houses the slightly awkward to use eight-inch colour touchscreen in its middle and the digital instrument binnacle looks no different.

In fact, only the sports seats, which are bespoke for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR really give the game away. Not only do they look good, but they are heated and electrically adjustable to allow for a near perfect driving position – only the fact you sit so high up in the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR spoils it slightly. They do however offer plenty of support, so you can corner hard without issue, and are perfectly comfortable on a longer trip.

Otherwise the only things to distinguish the interior of this car from any other Land Rover Range Rover Sport is the choice of options and trims, most of which can be specified with any other model. The InControl touchscreen system is now slightly easier to use, though like all systems of its type it can be difficult to accurately operate the screen when travelling at speed.

In terms of cabin space, Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR comfort is equal to that of the standard Land Rover Range Rover Sport models. The seats are different though, with more lateral support for the higher speeds it can achieve, and though it can seat five the rear bench features a pair of individually sculpted chairs alongside the flat middle space. For that reason, we’d recommend the SVR is more suitable for four occupants than five.

But no matter where you sit, your rear will be caressed by fine Oxford leather complete with special embossing, piping and stitching and those in the front will benefit from electric adjustment for their chairs. Three-zone climate control is standard (with four-zone optional) so even those in the rear can select their desired cabin temperature.

With air suspension and adaptive dynamics the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR manages to be comfortable and relatively cosseting when needed, though even the best systems will struggle to mask the firmness of a track-biased suspension and 21, or even 22, inch wheels. It’s never tiring, but the ride certainly isn’t as supple as some of the firm’s other products – for proper comfort we’d suggest sticking with the full-size Range Rover.

And while driver’s may enjoy the bark from the exhaust, a series full bore acceleration runs may become aurally tiring for passengers – though at a constant cruise the SVR is no louder than any other Land Rover Range Rover Sport.