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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR (CNET On Cars, Episode 72)

Range Rover Sport SVR goes down a new road. Should you buy an EV, a hybrid or neither? And new tech to remember kids left in cars.

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In this episode:

  • 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR. Track performance SUV with a British accent.
  • Smarter Driver: How do you envision your first automated car? We have answers.
  • Road to the Future: Evenflo SensorSafe aims to keep kids from being forgotten in cars.
  • Email
    • Hybrid or EV: How to decide which is right for you.
    • Why so many cars' faces look so much alike.

The Range Rover Sport SVR announces Land Rover's entry into the boutique performance world occupied by AMG and BMW M. I found this first car with the SVR badge to be a distinct take on the sector, thanks largely to its civilized ride and genuine off-road ability though, to be frank, I never tested it off the pavement as I find such a notion silly on a car wearing a street sport tire and wheel package.

Back in 2012 the feds did a test of child seats that were meant to keep you from forgetting your kid in the car. What they found was basically a lot of junk. So when Evenflo told me it has a seat that works in a somewhat different way, I bit and got one in to show you. Decide if you think it makes enough of a difference, or is this really a parental behavior thing?

Got an interesting email from one of our viewers in Hong Kong needing help deciding between a hybrid and an EV. He was concerned about reliability for 10 years of ownership - I'm more concerned by why anyone would want to own a 10 year old hybrid in 2025, with its antiquated technology. So I lay our a better plan for making the decision that I think will apply to most people trying to tease apart these two vehicular greenies.

Now that its three times more likely your email will make it into the show, send it to oncars@cnet.com