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2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

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Looking for something as plush as the big Land Rover Range Rover but with a more playful side? Try the smaller Range Rover Sport. The Sport's shortened wheelbase means slightly less passenger and cargo capacity, but the tradeoff in improved stability, ride and handling is well worth it. Off-road ability is not forsaken, either, and the Range Rover Sport can climb the steepest terrain with the best in its class, even with its performance tires that are oriented more toward pavement use. Available with an optional 390-horsepower Supercharged V8 engine, the Range Rover Sport is well equipped to compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X6 and Infiniti FX50.

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The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers the interior panache worthy of the Range Rover name, yet packages it in a vehicle that exudes a much more aggressive nature. If the price tag doesn't discourage you from taking your prized possession off-road, in the dirt the Range Rover Sport can make the novice feel like a pro, and make living with the experienced off-roader simply unbearable.

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Though based on the smaller LR3 platform, the Range Rover Sport still tips the scales at nearly 5,700 pounds. That substantial weight assures the big V8 will have a thirst for fuel, yet despite its size the Sport offers no third-row seat and only average cargo space.

What's New for 2009

New for 2009 is the HST Limited Edition package that adds an Ebony leather interior, the Cold Climate Package and adaptive front lightening and adaptive speed control. All Range Rover Sports receive minor interior and exterior enhancements as well as new wheel designs.

Driving the Range Rover Sport
Driving Impressions

As big as it is, the Range Rover Sport's phalanx of electronic stability, ride and suspension controls make it one very impressive performance vehicle. Acceleration is good with the HSE...

... model, but we much prefer the rush (zero to 60 miles-per-hour in 7.2 seconds) that comes from the Supercharged's 4.2-liter engine. The Dynamic Response system on the Supercharged model helps keep the vehicle level during sharp cornering. Off-road, the Range Rover Sport will astound you with its capabilities. The Terrain Response system adds an extra measure of confidence and Land Rover offers a number of off-road training and travel packages to help consumers understand the full benefits of its use.

Terrain Response System
This high-tech system includes five settings that optimize the traction and dynamic functions for the type of terrain selected. It's a terrific concept that gives the driver a real sense of confidence when off-roading.

Console Cooler
The electrically operated center console cooler can hold up to four eight-ounce plastic bottles and keeps them cool no matter what the outside temperature.

2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Details
2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport photo Interior

Though it shares the Range Rover's name, the Sport model receives a unique dash and interior. The wide center console houses the navigation screen, audio and climate controls, as well as the controls for the Hill Descent feature, adjustable suspension and Terrain Response system. Snug but comfortable seating offers good thigh support in the front bucket seats and roomy rear seat. The Sport is filled with so much technology that it requires a plethora of buttons and switches, and they are scattered over the dash, doors and steering wheel. The gauge lettering is small and difficult to read, and the black-lettered LCD readouts practically disappear when viewed through polarized lenses.

Exterior
2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport photo

The Range Rover Sport manages to combine Range Rover's familiar cubist styling with a raked windscreen and a tapered roofline that makes the vehicle appear as if it is moving quickly, even when at rest. A two-piece rear liftgate allows easy access to the cargo area. The huge wheels and low-profile tires are visually stunning, yet quite adept off-road. The Supercharged model is distinguished by its bright mesh grille and side air intakes, as well as larger 20-inch wheels and tires.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Ranger Rover Sport HSE is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 4.4-liter V8, six-speed automatic transmission with CommandShift manual-shift mode, electronic air suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Terrain Response four-wheel-drive system, traction control, front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, bi-xenon headlamps, fog lamps, eight-way power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, park distance control, Bluetooth phone integration, harman/kardon LOGIC 7 stereo with six-disc MP3/CD audio and 14 speakers and DVD GPS navigation with voice recognition and seven-inch LCD view screen. The Supercharged model adds the Supercharged 4.2-liter V8, 20-inch alloy wheels, front and rear heated seats, four-channel Brembo anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), unique grille and side vent treatment and silver interior trim in place of wood.

Optional Equipment

Options for the HSE trim include a Cold Climate Package (heated front and rear seats, heated windshield and heated washer nozzles), the Luxury Package (Climate controlled console, Cold Climate Package and adaptive headlamps), rear seat entertainment system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, locking rear differential, Dynamic Response suspension and 20-inch alloy wheels. Options on the Supercharged include the Limited Edition Package and adaptive speed control.

Under the Hood

The HSE comes with a powerful 4.4-liter V8, which is nowhere near as fun to drive as the Supercharged 4.2-liter V8. The supercharger is most appreciated when passing at high speeds and scooting across bustling intersections. Away from the paved road, both engines have enough horsepower and torque to deal with any reasonable situation.

4.4-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
315 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18

4.2-liter V8 Supercharged
390 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
410 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18

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2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 127 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

the BLKWIDW

By on Sunday, July 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,888

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "nothing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

the black widow (BLKWIDW) is the cars nickname

"love the supercharged range rover sport ever since a pic of it on the web site. went down the next day and purchased it. it is black inside and out with red markings and brakes that peep through the black rims that been had put on with 22" tires. the windows are completely blacked out. And get this - it has a remote start put on this bad boy. The dealership said it couldn't b done, but it was easy. as far as that goes this range rover SC Sport is the only LR RR SC Sport with a remote start !!!!! this car is so awesome, great remarks made about the car almost everyday about how good it looks. and the supercharged engine !!!!! it is the best, wouldn't have anything but that engine. Highly recommend this car to anyone who enjoys driving luxury vehicles even though its just like a sports car. just be careful and watch your speed."

the black widow (BLKWIDW) is the cars nickname

Great SUV

By on Thursday, June 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great to drive, handling, interior design, sound"

Cons: "Gas mileage, price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have not been able to find a comparable luxury SUV for style and handling. Have had no issues in my 3.5 years of ownership. Minor complaints would be on gas mileage (but it is a V8 and heavy) and electronics which aren't particularly advanced versus the Japanese autos. Much better than the Porche SUV, Mercedes and Audi in terms of handling and interior feel."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Outstanding Luxury SUV!

By on Monday, April 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "An eye catching white Range Rover. Luxury Model."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

A beautiful luxury Sport Utility Vehicle

"One owner, dealer maintained, new factory tires in last 14 months, ultra clean and beautiful car, no kids, no off road, just easy northern Virginia light highway miles. Best car I have ever owned. I am going to buy another; a new one."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

A beautiful luxury Sport Utility Vehicle

Love this car

By on Sunday, March 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Awesome throaty growl when you step on it."

Cons: "Costs but worth it I think."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Heard a lot about reliability problems with RR but haven't experienced it myself. Had to change the battery the 2nd year as well as a brake job years 2 and 3 one for front, one for rear. Other than that, 3 years in and I'm starting to lust over my next one that I'll buy in 2017. Had BMW X5 before, also an awesome car. RR is much smoother and a more luxury ride, BMW drove and handled more like a sports car."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

The best suv I've owned

By on Monday, February 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,360

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, comfort, handling my new bmw doesnt have"

Cons: "Price, i still dont think cars should be that much"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Love the car and have put a ton of miles compared to other people. Its had is little hiccups but like any car buy a good warranty. Mine is to 125,000 so im still gunning it and race the 22 yrs and cream the in the modified pices you know."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Awesome Vehicle

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very Reliable"

Cons: "Small fender dent, cup holder needs replacing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Vehicle is in good shape! The price does not compare to the reliability, value & the comfort of the car. Selling the vehicle due to personal reasons..."

23 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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