The deceleration test is an important aspect for any large vehicle because it ensures the safety of the passengers. The recent reports that emerged, of the 2016 Range Rover Sport, are highly disappointing and it sent the Company’s engineers back to the drawing board to fix it.
The new Range Rover Sport is a good vehicle in terms of design and performance. However, in comparison with its counterparts Volvo XC90 and the Audi Q7, the vehicle has failed miserably in the braking test. Any car or sedan should have an average stopping distance of 36 to 37 meters when travelling at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour. The numbers are designated based on the minimum distance that is required to avoid a collision and ensure the safety of the passengers.
While individual owners can customize their vehicles with oversized stoppers, the braking test focuses on the integrated brakes used in a vehicle. When the Range Rover Sport 2016 edition was tested, it required a massive 42 meters/138 feet to come to a complete halt. The distance is much higher when compared to Volvo’s XC90 that required just 36 meters to come to a stop, while Audi Q7 needed 36.4 meters to accomplish the same.
The difference between these two SUVs is extremely minute whereas the Range Rover falls flat and can easily be considered as an unsafe vehicle for people to travel in. The results were not confirmed from a single brake test. The deceleration process was conducted in six different rounds after which the latter was considered to be unsafe.
In order to prove their point, the Swedish team Tekniken Varld which conducted the test created a video. While the difference is just a few meters on paper, it looks exorbitantly huge in real world. In other words, it reduces the probability of a crash and ensuring the safety of the passengers seated in the SUV.
The 2016 Range Rover Sport uses a 275mm tire and relies on Brembo brakes. The braking system is known for its amazing reliability. It is used by world’s top manufacturers including Renault and Mercedes. But, the results that the brand provides on road sports a huge difference based on the size of the vehicle, road condition and the type of tires used.
You can watch the video to see the braking test in action and witness the disappointing performance of the Range Rover. The company is expected to redesign the vehicle to fix this issue.