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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

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Smaller (and less costly) than its Range Rover big brother, the Range Rover Sport SUV employs the same engine options. The Range Rover Sport focuses its intentions more on the road than the rough, but it can still handle the muck with aplomb thanks to its permanent 4-wheel drive and terrain management system. With last year's introduction of the compact Evoque, the Range Rover Sport becomes the middle sibling in the Range Rover lineup, but retains its status as an any-road, do-everything luxury hauler.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you crave a luxury SUV that can crawl down dirt roads by day and take you to the opera at night, it's hard to beat the Range Rover Sport. Attractive looks inside and out, brand heritage and a host of the latest technology rounds out the package.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you require an SUV that seats more than five, attains fuel economy better than 18 mpg or costs less than $60,000, you'll have to look elsewhere.

What's New for 2012

Still coming off a significant refresh for 2010, the 2012 Range Rover Sport's differences are mostly minor. New this year are a fine-tuned touch-screen navigation system with voice control, a sound system that's been upgraded to 380 watts and 14 speakers, a revised rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, power open and close liftgate, plus minor grille and headlight changes. Range Rover Sport is again offered with two engine choices and in four trim levels: the base HSE, HSE with Luxury Package, Supercharged, and the top-line Autobiography edition.

Driving the Range Rover Sport

Driving Impressions One may not believe a vehicle that's this capable in the rough could be smooth on the road, but the same suspension that soaks up ruts makes the Range Rover...

Sport very compliant on the highway and around town. With the naturally aspirated V8, the Range Rover Sport is quick for an SUV, clocking a trip to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. With the supercharged variant, the Range Rover is double-quick, making the same trip in 5.9 seconds. Those times are even more impressive considering this vehicle weighs nearly three tons. Those who choose to put the 2012 Range Rover's off-road chops to the test won't be disappointed. You'll be amazed at this vehicle's capability and composure on just about any off-road surface, from grass to gravel, snow to sand. With the twist of a knob, the Range Rover's terrain response system can be set to take on any of these challenges. Supercharged models also have a Dynamic setting, which tailors the vehicle for on-road performance.

Terrain Response System
With the advent of its Terrain Response system, Land Rover essentially rewrote the Off-roader's Bible. Suddenly, the SUV'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 allows you to tailor your Sport to your own specific set of preferences, especially with the color selection. Thirteen exterior color choices combine with 10 interior choices. If that's not enough, opt for the Autobiography catalog, with its own distinct palette of colors and textures.

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Details
Interior

As befitting a vehicle wearing the Range Rover name, the 2012 Sport's cabin is sumptuous. It is as far removed from those of old-time 4x4s as the Rover's electronic terrain management system is from hubs that had to be manually locked from outside. Leather and plush materials swaddle, and the driver's seat offers a commanding view. Though shorter than the Range Rover by more than half a foot in length, the Range Rover Sport actually provides more legroom for both front and rear occupants while sacrificing little in rear cargo space.

Exterior

No surprise here: The 2012 Range Rover Sport still looks like a Range Rover, meaning big and boxy, yet still beautiful in its own way. Make that bold and beautiful, with tall sides, big windows and the smallest wheels being 19 inches. This is not a vehicle for those seeking anonymity.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

There is little "base" about even a 2012 Range Rover Sport HSE. Leather interior is standard, with the driver's seat benefiting from electronic lumbar support and three memory position. Front parking aids front and back plus a rear-view camera help the driver while maneuvering. All Range Rover Sport models also come with 6-speed automatic transmission, push-button start/stop, ambient lighting, harman-kardon audio system, 4-corner air suspension, navigation system, and LCD instrument panels in front of the driver in place of traditional analog gauges. For those desiring to test the Range Rover Sport, the SUV boasts the ability to wade streams up to 39.4 inches deep. The vehicle's belt drives, alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and starter motor are all waterproofed.

Optional Equipment

The biggest boost you can give your Range Rover Sport is under the hood in the form of a supercharger. That option costs over $15,000 and amounts to a total of 510 horsepower. Other ways to make this Range Rover your own include the Vision Assist Package that includes a surround-view camera, heated rear seats, active rear-locking differential, and a premium harman-kardon audio system that pumps 825 watts through 17 speakers. At the top of the range, the Autobiography Range Rover Sport offers exclusive interior colors, a special front grille and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Range Rover Sport retains the same powerplants introduced in 2010: a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 or a supercharged version of the same engine. Even the base engine provides enough power to tow more than 7,700 pounds, but both drink premium unleaded - and with EPA highway mileage figures of 18 mpg and 17 mpg, respectively - lots of it. The sole transmission remains a ZF 6-speed automatic with CommandShift modes of Normal, Sport and Manual.

5.0-liter V8
375 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 mpg

5.0-liter V8 Supercharged
510 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 mpg

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2012 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 11 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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