2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review
Reviewers say the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has a great combination of off-road prowess, on-road performance and interior luxury.
Land Rovers are known for their brawny mountain-climbing abilities, and Range Rovers are known for their sumptuous interiors. The Range Rover Sport combines both qualities with fun driving dynamics. Though it’s not quite as capable over hill as the Land Rover LR4, critics say the Range Rover Sport is plenty capable of fulfilling most of the tasks that Range Rover shoppers will ask of it. The Range Rover Sport isn’t quite as athletic on the pavement as sportier crossover rivals, but test drivers say it’s surprisingly composed for a large, truck-based SUV.
Inside, the Range Rover Sport is well-made and upscale, though its interior space and standard features fall short of what competitors offer. Test drivers note that the Range Rover Sport’s sloping rear window cuts into both rear seat headroom and cargo space, both of which are about average for the class. Plus, features like satellite radio don’t come standard with the base model, which irks more than one automotive journalist.
If you’re looking for an SUV with good value and lots of practicality, most reviewers will tell you that the Range Rover Sport isn’t your best choice. But shoppers in the market for a luxurious off-roader with better on-road manners than most would do well to check out this Range Rover.
Other SUVs to Consider
The Porsche Cayenne is one of the best-driving SUVs on the market, though it doesn’t have the off-road chops that the Land Rover Range Rover Sport can boast. Still, test drivers say it’s about as sporty as a big, heavy SUV can get, and it has an equally-prestigious brand name.
If you prioritize off-road capability, consider the Lexus LX. It’s got an interior that lives up to its Lexus badge, and boulder-crushing abilities derived from its Toyota Land Cruiser heritage. The LX is significantly bigger than the Range Rover Sport, but its fuel economy is about the same, and it can seat up to eight.
Details: Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport seats up to five people, and comes in HSE, HSE Lux, Supercharged, Autobiography Sport and Range Rover Sport Limited Edition trims. For 2012, Land Rover made only a few minor changes to the Range Rover Sport, including an improved navigation system, updated switchgear and the addition of a power rear tailgate.
See the full list of 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport specs.
- “Any Range Rover Sport does a very good job balancing on- and off-road performance with comfort and utility, all while maintaining a mature and distinct personality.” -- Consumer Guide
- "Practical matters to be considered also include mediocre storage space and stunted rear headroom. But buying a vehicle like this isn't all about practicality. For those seeking a luxurious cabin, polished on-road manners with adventurous instincts, great looks and the status of a time-honored marque, the Range Rover Sport stands alone.” -- Edmunds
- "For those with an active lifestyle - and those simply wanting to look as if they're active - there are few better choices than the … 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.’” -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Sport boasts a decent level of off-road ability, and the acceleration and handling now deliver more of the verve promised by the name, although much of the competition is better to drive.” -- Car and Driver