By KBB.com Editors
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 on-road use. Available with an optional 510-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.
The 2010 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.
Though based on the smaller LR4 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.
For 2010, a new 5.0-liter V8 pumping out 375 horsepower replaces last year's 4.4-liter V8, while the Supercharged model receives a 510-horsepower version of the new engine and styling updates including subtle changes to the exterior and steering wheel paddle shifters. Improvements have also been made to the Range Rover Sport's brakes, suspension and Terrain Response System.
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 greatly improved this year...thanks to the big boost in horsepower and torque provided by the new 5.0-liter V8. The real performer, however, is the all-new 510-horsepower supercharged engine, which can bolt to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds. 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.
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.
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. Although Land Rover claims a 50-percent reduction in the number of switches, the Sport is filled with so much technology that it still requires a plethora of controls scattered over the dash, doors and steering wheel. The gauge lettering has been greatly improved this year, and the black-lettered LCD readouts that practically disappeared when viewed through polarized sunglasses are no more.Exterior
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.
The Ranger Rover Sport HSE comes equipped with a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8, six-speed ZF 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, push-button start, fog lamps, eight-way power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, Park Aid, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone integration, harman/kardon LOGIC7 stereo with six-disc MP3/CD audio and 14 speakers and hard-drive navigation with voice recognition and seven-inch LCD view screen. The Supercharged model adds the supercharged 5.0-liter V8, 20-inch alloy wheels, front and rear heated seats, four-channel Brembo anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Adaptive Dynamics and Dynamic Response Suspension, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and premium perforated leather seats.
Options for the HSE trim include a Climate Comfort Package (heated front and rear seats, heated windshield, heated steering wheel and heated washer nozzles), the Luxury Package (climate control console, Cold Climate Package, automatic high beam control and adaptive headlamps), the Leather Package (leather trim on the dash, armrest and tops of each door), rear-seat entertainment system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, HD radio, locking rear differential, surround camera with tow assist and 20-inch alloy wheels. Options unique to the Supercharged trim include adaptive speed control and 20-inch five-spoke Diamond Turned alloy wheels.
The HSE comes with a powerful new 5.0-liter V8, which is almost as powerful as last year's supercharged engine, and is a vast improvement. Speed demons will want to opt for the supercharged version of the same 5.0-liter V8 which produces an astounding 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. 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.
375 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
375 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18
5.0-liter V8 Supercharged
510 horsepower @ 6000-6500 rpm
461 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500-5500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17
By AD on Saturday, March 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Eye Catching Vehicle; Drives Great"
Cons: "Lacking Features;Terrible Base Model;Sound System"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"A previous 2007 Range Rover Sport Supercharge owner, I went to my local dealer and they only had the SE models. While my mistake for not doing more homework, this is NOT A LUXURY SUV. While its very beautiful from the outside talk about a lack of features and a horrible sounding speaker system. No Homelink so I had to find my old garage door opener (Really a $65,000 Luxury SUV and this is not standard!!). No heated front seats, and a 250 watt 8 speaker that absolutely is junk (Meridian suppose to be all that and more. A rental car from Hertz or Avis has better sounding speakers. I will be back on the market in much sooner time and unfortunately Land Rover's decision to have a base model $65,000 SUV where it has LR2, LR4 and Evoque as lower end models has be baffled. I expected more. Don't buy the SE model. Make sure it is an HSE model which has most of the base feature a luxury vehicle should have. A complete disgrace by Land Rover. I would have spend the extra $5K to $10K easily for the HSE model and maybe the extra $20K to get the V8 or even that $30K plus to get the Autobiography. If you simply want your friends knowing you drive a Land Rover, buy the $30K LR2 until you have at least $75K to spend. I'm so disgusted with this purchase. Dumb executive decision to launch such a striped down version of the RR Sport (SE). Complete waste of money. I should have purchased a souped up Cadillac Escalade for the same price."
5 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By zerogoaler on Saturday, March 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,900overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "solid drive comfort great off road any conditions"
Cons: "terrible navigation system."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great car -- solid, maybe the best car I have ever had. Comfortable, safe, fast enough, stylish, roomy, did I say solid? Only one or two complaints --- The navigation system is the worst I have ever seen or imagined, from impossible to see from the glare screen, to terrible non-intuitive screen navigation, to poor graphics, I hope they fixed this in the new model or its another brand for me. Also, they took away the voice command that I had in my '08. Very odd and disappointing. But overall, great great car."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Ahkdan on Monday, March 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nice looking, used are reasonably priced, fast,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great SUV, has enough power to win at red light races if that's you thing. But honestly, this car can go fast but it's much more enjoyable when driving normal. Great ride, feels really refined. Doesn't feel like a heavy vehicle. Taken it on long trips and isn't tiring, and pretty reliable. Buy warranty if you can because service on these cars are expensive. Definitely one of the best looking SUVs. Interior is okay. It's nice, looks very attractive. This SUV screams you have money, many people stare and look when driving by. Everywhere you go, people compliment it. MPG could be better, even with a very light foot, I can't do better than 14 in the city. HWY is way better with a light foot in HWY I can manage 23 mpg."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Jason on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,300overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, quality of materials, safety"
Cons: "Honestly nothing. Fuel economy has been great"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my second Range Rover Sport. I previously had the 2010 Sport, which truly has been the best car I have ever owned until now. Prior to that, we had a BMW in our family. The 2014 Range Rover Sport has surpassed any of my expectations. We did try out the competition and couldn't find anything even close to the material quality and ride. Reliability has been great on both the 2010 and so far on the 2014. I am technophile and I found the navigation system and music integration phenomenal. Customer service at Land Rover Thousand Oaks, where I purchased my car was outstanding and they have picked up my car from my office for scheduled service."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By TW on Monday, January 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "solid, reliable, great in any weather"
Cons: "none...going to buy another one..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought the car new eight years ago and it has been almost completely trouble free. Solid, reliable, and fun."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By brooks340 on Thursday, April 25, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great styling, very comfortable to drive."
Cons: "Poor quality, low reliability."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I've had this vehicle now for 7 months. Great styling, very comfortable to drive. It has been back to the dealership 5 times with a list of defects. Replaced the water pump, check engine light comes on frequently, replaced gas cap and seal, now rear hatch has started opening intermittently, even while driving. Would not recommend this vehicle to a friend and I'll be selling well before it comes off warranty."
27 people out of 32 found this review helpful