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in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $37,031 - $44,364
Original MSRP: $59,645 - $73,345
MPG: 12 City / 17 Hwy
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2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Performance

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Reviewers are impressed with the Range Rover Sport's performance. The new engines add enough power to move the big SUV with authority, and the Sport handles more like a car than an SUV. On the trail, the Sport lives up to its Land Rover heritage. A few reviewers mention that the Supercharged model can feel a little unsteady, especially when that model's 510 horsepower engine goes at full bore, but on the whole, performance reviews are positive.

  • "We sampled both HSE and Supercharged Range Rover Sports and found the Supercharged vehicles to be brutally fast and quite a handful to drive." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Despite the "Sport" moniker, we contend that the vast majority are more interested in a plush, quiet and smooth cabin -- something this "baby Range Rover" delivers in spades." -- Edmunds
  • "On brisk, smooth, grippy, and curvy tarmac in the underpopulated Scottish Borders area the Sport Supercharged corners absolutely flat , generating bolster-crushing lateral g (speaking of which, they're adjustable on the driver seat) before rocketing out of the corners with Germanic authority." -- Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

Two engines are offered on the Range Rover Sport. The base HSE model comes with a 5.0 liter normally aspirated V8 that makes 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. The Supercharged models get a 5.0 liter turbocharged V8 that makes an incredible 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Reviewers say that both engines are good, and that the Supercharged is seriously fast. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode is standard on both HSE and Supercharged models (though only Supercharged models have paddle shifters). What's cool about the transmission is that it can learn your driving style, holding gears longer or shorter, depending on how you drive.

  • "Using the same supercharged V8 engine found in the engine bay of the Jaguar XKR, the Range Rover Sport Supercharged belts out 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft. of torque. Land Rover says the Sport Supercharged can hit 60 from a standstill in 5.9 seconds and that figure felt conservative to us. The Supercharged model flat-out flies." -- Left Lane News
  • "Range Rover Sport HSE has good acceleration and never feels taxed in everyday driving. The Supercharged model is impressively strong and quick. In either model, the smooth automatic transmission shrewdly matches power delivery to demand." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The new engine delivers a serious shove, and 100 mph arrives far more quickly than before. But even with 510 ponies on tap, it's not as quick as the BMW X6 xDrive50i and is likely on par with the Mercedes-Benz ML550." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

For the most part, reviewers are happy with the Range Rover Sport's handing and braking, though a few say that the sport has some trouble handling the power output from the supercharged engine, which can make it feel a little skittish. Overall, and especially in the HSE model, the Sport is seen as an SUV that drives like a luxury sedan.

  • "We sampled both HSE and Supercharged Range Rover Sports and found the Supercharged vehicles to be brutally fast and quite a handful to drive. … The HSE seemed more manageable on the road, though we spent most of our time with it on the freeway where we had to be vigilant of speed cameras. Since the normally aspirated engine is virtually as quick as the outgoing supercharged engine, this may be the best balance of speed and comfort in the Sport line." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The 2010 Range Rover Sport lineup has a number of chassis tweaks that improve its ride and handling. However, both the Sport HSE and the Supercharged still exhibit a good amount of lean when thrown into corners with verve." -- Car and Driver
  • "On road handling is surprising good on the Range Rover Sport, especially considering its off-road prowess. The Sport's ride is undeniably of the firm side, but nothing worse than you'd find in a luxury sports sedan. Grip is more than plentiful with body roll never becoming an issue." -- Left Lane News
  • "Range Rover Sports are secure, balanced, and grippy. Body lean is well controlled, and cornering speeds can be satisfyingly quick in either model." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We're a little less enthusiastic about the nervous ride and steering quality. There's a slight jitteriness to the S/C car's ride, even in normal mode, and the quicker steering ratio makes it feel a bit too quick off center, the combination of which can lead to bump steer of the type where a harsh impact unintentionally causes you to pull down on the wheel a bit with one hand." -- Motor Trend

Off-Roading

All Range Rovers are competent off-road vehicles, and some reviewers say that though the Sport is a little more on-road oriented than others, it still can handle the majority of terrain that owners will take it on. The Sport is stuffed with technologies that can make anyone look like a pro out on the trail. The Sport's Terrain Response System allows drivers to dial in the type of terrain they're facing, and the Sport will vary its responses for optimum performance. The Hill Decent Control system maintains a safe speed down inclines without driver inputs, so that all of the driver's attention can be focused on steering. Finally, the optional Surround Camera system uses five cameras to give the driver a 360-degree view of the area around the Sport, which is perfect for spotting on rocky trails.

  • "And any 40- or 50-series tire (S/C or HSE) is going to be susceptible to sidewall damage in heavy off-roading (a rocky descent into a long muddy water trough claimed at one tire in our procession), but the savvy settings of Terrain Response work miracles at getting this porker up, over, and through tougher stuff than most folks will ever tackle in a $60-$85,000 sport tourer." -- Motor Trend
  • "We did manage to take the Sport down a few hours worth of trails and were quite impressed by its capabilities in the mud." -- Automobile Magazine

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