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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

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For those with an active lifestyle - and those simply wanting to look as if they're active - there are few better choices than the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. With an attitude more recreational than its larger Range Rover sibling, and a profile sexier than the more upright (and less costly) LR4, the Range Rover Sport finds a nice middle ground between "sport" and "utility." In point of fact, it may be the poster boy for "sport utility." Despite weighing - with passengers - some three tons, the Sport's on-road dynamic effectively hides it. And despite its performance-biased rubber, it can climb huge, Moab-type rocks in a single bound. Its price tag continues to escalate, and the number of options (seemingly) continues to proliferate, but if you're looking for a big-buck, do-everything luxo-tourer, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport should be on your short list.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for that one vehicle that can both row your boat and tow it, the Range Rover Sport constitutes one very attractive option. An aggressive on-road dynamic (in any season) and a credible off-road capability are packaged in elegant sheetmetal, while you and your passengers are wrapped and coddled by a world class interior. What's not to like?

You May Not Like This Car If...

Conscientious off-roaders prefer to "tread lightly," a global initiative to minimize the environmental impact of off-roading pursuits. Increasingly, on-road users want to do the same, and the Range Rover Sport makes that difficult with some three tons to propel and an EPA highway rating that is lower than in 2009. As such, most Land Rover products - to date - come closer to being tree muggers than huggers.

What's New for 2011

In 2010 the Range Rover Sport enjoyed a significant freshening, receiving two new 5.0-liter powerplants (normally aspirated and supercharged), along with styling updates reflective of the increased power. This year the changes are less substantive: The Extended Leather Package and contrast stitching on seats, center console and door panels are now standard on HSE Lux and Supercharged trims, a new Vision Assist Package is available, and both standard and optional audio systems have been upgraded.

Driving the Range Rover Sport

Driving Impressions The Range Rover Sport's sophistication undoubtedly pays dividends in effectively disguising the Sport's sheer mass, but even with a rigid structure, supple suspension and composed ride you won't confuse the...

Range Rover Sport with anyone's "sport" sedan. That said, the addition of the 5.0-liter V8 in 2010 provided a big boost, and its supercharged variant an even bigger boost. As Carroll Shelby once observed, the only substitute for cubic inches is cubic money. But the Sport's slightly smaller footprint relative to the full-boat Range Rover, and lower center of gravity relative to its LR4 stable mate, provides a cut-and-thrust capability the others lack. Going off-road, you'll simply be amazed by its capability - and alacrity - in the face of any dirt-specific challenge.

Terrain Response System
With the advent of Terrain Response Land Rover essentially rewrote the Bible of Offroading (New Testament). Suddenly, the SUV platform's capability was extended to virtually any off-road condition. In the mud it's a stud; in the sand it lends a hand. And if you encounter grass, gravel, snow or the big rock, it has you covered.

Customization
Taking a page from Porsche, the Range Rover catalog essentially allows you to tailor the Sport to your own specific set of preferences, especially with the color selection. Thirteen exterior color choices (three are new for '11) combine with ten interior choices. If that's not enough, opt for the Autobiography catalog, with its own distinct palette of colors and textures.

2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Details
Interior

Designed - as the marketing types would put it - to "cosset and cocoon," passengers and driver benefit form a command seating position and (generally) unrestricted visibility. Immediately in front of the driver is command central, with clear, legible instrumentation, air conditioning controls conveniently located, and operation of Range Rover's seminal Terrain Response system within easy reach. And as proof that there will always be an England, the center-mounted clock is analog. The center console houses the hub - a full-color touch screen - for all audio, communication and navigation. And there are as many upholstery choices as Prince Charles has recorded conversations. It may be a big buck car, but (happily) the attention to detail fully reflects - or exceeds - the MSRP.

Exterior

There's "little new under the sun," and in the rarefied world of off-roading that's generally true. However, the Range Rover Sport's design team did a bang-up job of combining Range Rover's design DNA with a sense of verve rarely seen this side of BMW's MSport or Mercedes-Benz's AMG. In short, the Sport's two-box profile far exceeds the sum of its parts, with a raked windshield and tapered roofline effectively concealing the Sport's significant mass. And whether for in-town adventures or outbound travel, the Sport's minimal overhangs, generous (and adjustable) ground clearance and expansive greenhouse are just the ticket for both driver and passengers. Finally, a two-piece rear liftgate allows a return to real tailgating - during an NFL lockout...

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In its standard, only $60,000 spec the Range Rover Sport HSE is comprehensively equipped, boasting all of the performance, comfort and security features you might expect at that level of investment. The beauty - as we see it - of the standard, normally aspirated Sport is that all of the good stuff is engineered in - and not added on. Its 5.0-liter V8 is appropriately robust, the all-independent suspension is both supple and controlled, and the permanent 4WD with four-wheel electronic traction control and two-speed electronic transfer box works equally well in Kenya or Kansas. And if on the Back 40 in Kansas, the standard Terrain Response - click on grass - will ensure getting back to the barn in time for dinner. Safety is also comprehensively addressed, with the latest generation Bosch ABS, Electronic Brake Assist for extra braking in an emergency, Active Roll Mitigation to stabilize the vehicle, and a six airbag Supplemental Restraint System to protect you in the event of an actual accident.

Optional Equipment

Opt for the Range Rover Sport Supercharged and the (approximately) $15,000 surcharge nets you the most powerful (510 horsepower) Range Rover Sport ever created. Beyond the blower, the Sport Supercharged provides you with its own Titan grille and side vents, chrome tailpipes, Premium Perforated Leather seating (with contrast stitching) and 20-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels. Also part of the Supercharged kit is Dynamic Response, which modified the Sport's suspension to enhance both comfort and control. Flagship of the fleet is the Autobiography, a vehicle Land Rover terms "the ultimate expression of sporting luxury and individual style." A host of options are available for interior personalization. In combination with the Sport's Exterior Design Pack you can pimp your ride from the comfort of your Land Rover showroom.

Under the Hood

In this - and only this - the product team at Land Rover kept it simple. The introduction of the 5.0-liter V8 family was big news - and a huge improvement - in 2010. The normally aspirated 5.0 is almost as powerful as its predecessor's supercharged 4.4 - while the supercharged 5.0 moves the meter that much further. In the world of big buck SUVs, this is a double feature: King Kong and Godzilla. Of course, set in an era of rising gas prices and the (perceived) threat of scarcity, city EPA ratings of 13 (normally aspirated) and 12 (Supercharged) lead one to drive strategically on your tankful of premium unleaded. (And, if in Moab, carry a spare can of gas.) Diesel, anyone?

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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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 115 Ratings for the 2006 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Nice car to drive, very poor quality vehicle

By on Monday, August 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Nice car to drive. Very comfortable on long trips"

Cons: "Poor quality, many defects"

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

"Nice car to drive. My wife likes all the "bells and whistles", but a very poor quality vehicle. 10 trips back to the dealer for warranty work, sometimes for the same problem. Now off warranty, continue to have problems, but now at my expense. Land Rover America recommended an extended warranty. Have owned and driven cars for over 40 years, never had an ext warranty before, never needed one. I would expect a lot better performance and support from an expensive, high-end vehicle."

This vehicle has been flawless.

By on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent performance and reliability."

Cons: "Rear seats don't recline."

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

"This is an excellent vehicle near perfect in performance and reliability. My only complaint is when folding the rear seat flat the forward seats must be moved forward from the memory position."

4 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Love my 2013 Sport so much!

By on Thursday, May 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

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

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

"Had the 2010 as a daily driver. The Sport is absolutely perfect for around town, in and out as well as trips with the fam."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Awesomesauce!

By on Thursday, April 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "solid, good looking inside and out, performance"

Cons: "Storage space could be better"

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

"Had the car for about 3,000 miles and have done about 70% highway, 30% city. My MPG is about 19.3 average, not nearly as bad as I had expected. (You can certainly run it much harder and get much worse) So far I've had nothing but compliments. The interior is very well done, as is the outside. Ride quality and noise level is really good. I'm 6'1" and have no problems with a tall person behind me in the 2nd row seats - plenty of space. I came our of a 2011 ML350 and the Range Rover is much nicer and ride quality is 10x better"

18 people out of 32 found this review helpful

Don't Buy the 2014 Range Rover Sport SE Model

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
8/10

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."

22 people out of 30 found this review helpful

My best so far of 25 years of range rovers

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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