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in 2009 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $28,490 - $36,934
Original MSRP: $58,375 - $71,825
MPG: 12 City / 18 Hwy
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2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Interior

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Despite its rough-and-tumble off-road heritage, the Range Rover Sport has a refined interior that reflects its luxury pedigree. Still, the cargo area is smaller than some competitors', and a few reviewers question some of the interior materials.

  • +"The cabin is typical Range Rover luxury," -- Road and Track.
  • +"Whatever your pleasure, the car will be stuffed with luxury appointments." --Automobile Magazine
  • -"The gauge lettering is small and difficult to read, and the black LCD readouts practically disappear when viewed through polarized lens,"-- Kelley Blue Book

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Seating

The Range Rover Sport seats five and most test drivers find the seating spacious, comfortable, and quite luxurious. The Range Rover Sport is not available with third row seating, while most competitors do.

  • +"The firm and astutely contoured seats provide great support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Snug but comfortable seating offers good thigh support in the front bucket seats and roomy rear seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • + "The seats are firm and supportive, and the driving position is natural, with none of the bus-driver posture found in older Range Rovers." -- Car and Driver
  • - "Extra side bolstering would be welcome to hold off-roaders more snugly," --Road and Track
  • "The soft, supple leather seats will fit four adults comfortably, although a fifth could squeeze into the center rear seat if need be."  --Edmunds

Interior Features

The interior of the Range Rover Sport is chock-full of just about every convenience and technology that a luxury SUV buyer would expect for the price. The HSE comes standard with dual-zone climate controls, power steering, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, leather upholstery, front bucket seats, an eight-way adjustable power driver seat, heated power mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, power sunroof, and more. The Supercharged gets all the features of the HSE in addition to heated front and rear seats, wood interior trim, satellite radio, and more.

An available rear seat entertainment system includes twin LCD panels in the back of each front-seat head restraint, allowing rear-seat passengers to watch DVDs from the 6-disc DVD player. Sirius satellite radio is available for additional cost.

  • "Controls are grouped close-by, but a larger typeface would enhance the legibility of the gauges. Climate dials are big and obvious, but effort is required to sort out the multitude of other buttons and knobs." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The dash is simple and elegant, with minimalist switchgear that requires little driver input. However, many of the buttons look alike, and some are tricky to reach." -- Edmunds
  • "The Sport is filled with so much technology that it requires a plethora of buttons and switches, and they are scattered over the dash, doors and steering wheel. The gauge lettering is small and difficult to read, and the black-lettered LCD readouts practically disappear when viewed through polarized lenses." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

With a cargo volume of 71 cubic feet, the Sport has slightly less room than the regular Range Rover and significantly less than the LR3.

  • - "The typical luxury SUV is a better choice than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport in terms of hauling capacity, especially if you often need to carry a lot of luggage or massive dogs." -- NewCars.com

 

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