Land Rover Range Rover Sport Reviews
Model Overview:The Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes in several trims: HSE, HSE LUX, Supercharged and for this year only, the Supercharged Limited Edition and GT Limited Edition. The HSE and LUX models feature a naturally aspirated aluminum 5.0L V8 that makes 375 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. The Supercharged version of the same engine will do 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. The Range Rover Sport uses a 6-speed automatic transmission and permanent 4-wheel drive with Electronic Traction Control for optimum handling on the commute or off the trail.
The computer-controlled electronic suspension has several available modes-- lowered for improved passenger and cargo access or raised for improved off-road ability. The Terrain Response system works with the engine, transmission, differential, suspension and handling systems to maximize control. The Range Rover Sport has five settings that can be selected by the driver for different terrain types. The 'General' setting will cover almost all everyday driving, but 'Grass/Gravel/Snow,' 'Mud/Ruts,' 'Sand and Rock Crawl' settings are available when the going gets tough.
If the going gets very tough, the Range Rover Sport uses anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, emergency brake assist, stability control, understeer control, rear brake boost, cornering brake control, roll stability control, hill descent control and gradient release control to help the driver pilot the vehicle. Plenty of airbags are present, including one for the driver's knee. A collapsible steering column and an inertia switch that unlocks the doors, turns on the hazard lights and shuts off the fuel pump reduces the risk for injury in the event of a collision.
While you're feeling so safe, you might as well enjoy it. The Range Rover Sport comes with a 11- speaker sound system, a navigation system, leather-wrapped multifunction, heated steering wheel, a power liftgate and leather heated front and rear seats.
Model Changes:The 2013 Range Rover Sport is mostly unchanged save for two new limited-edition trims-- the Supercharged Limited edition and the GT Limited Edition, both to be built in extremely low numbers. The Supercharged Limited Edition adds several styling cues that emphasize its sporting nature with red brake calipers, carbon fiber trim and leather seating with contrasting stitching and an upgraded 17-speaker stereo. The GT Limited Edition also includes the premium stereo as well as a unique roof spoiler, 20-inch wheels, chrome exhaust pipes and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
Model Value:The Range Rover Sport is the smaller brother of the Range Rover. While the original Range Rover is meant to be the ultimate off-roader, the Sport is oriented more toward on-road performance, reflective of the way most people actually use their SUVs. A pair of very powerful V8 engine options and Land Rover's celebrated off-road differential programs means very little has been sacrificed, yet the Range Rover Sport costs $20,000 less than its larger sibling, and gains much in terms of practicality.