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2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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2010 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 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.

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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.

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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.

What's New for 2010

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 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 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.

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.

2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Details
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. 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
2010 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 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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

5.0-liter V8
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

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2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 124 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Outstanding Luxury SUV!

By on Monday, April 04, 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."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

A beautiful luxury Sport Utility Vehicle

Love this car

By on Sunday, March 06, 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."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

The best suv I've owned

By on Monday, February 01, 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."

1 person out of 4 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..."

20 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Love my Range

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drives like a luxury car"

Cons: "Smaller interior"

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

"Great truck. Beautiful lots of perks and draws lots of looks. Been reliable and looks as good as it drives."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great looking, comfortable and problem free

By on Saturday, December 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great looking, love to drive it and proud to own"

Cons: "could be a bit less harsh on potholes"

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

"First RR after two X5's. Loved the less tech environment, "regular" gear select, normally aspired V8... Was concerned with reliability but only one minor problem and fixed by the dealer first time. Beautiful interior, the HSE Luxury package was worth it. Great to drive with excellent power. Took on a cross country trip, cruised along the highways and seats were amazingly comfortable for the entire trip. A bit harsh over NYC potholes and a bit more rattle than I expected but love it."

23 people out of 41 found this review helpful

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