2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Video Road Test and Review

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a four-door, five-passenger full-size luxury suv that is intended to balance the brand's reputation for off-road prowess with substantial performance while traveling boulevards and highways.  The Land Rover Range Rover Sport provides handling that is a cut above many of its equally-sized competitors, and it also comes with 71 cubic feet of total cargo space and the ability to tow 7,700 lbs when properly equipped.  From a safety perspective, the Range Rover Sport offers the standard complement of airbags (front, front side and side-curtain) as well as hill descent control, electronic stability control, rollover mitigation and traction control.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport starts out in HSE trim (MSRP $60,895), which provides HID headlights, an adaptive air suspension system, a sunroof, power windows, door locks and front seats, leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, dual automatic climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, a CD player and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.  The LUX trim (MSRP $65,595) adds 20-inch wheels, seat heaters for front and rear occupants and upgrades the quality of the SUV's leather, while the Supercharged edition (MSRP $75,095) provides a chilled storage compartment and installs a sport-oriented suspension system and bigger brakes up front.  The Autobiography Sport trim (MSRP $86,795) offers extensively detailed interior trim spread across five 'themes,' as well as a surround sound audio system, a roof spoiler and distinctive exterior trim.

The Range Rover Sport HSE can be ordered with the Luxury package, which includes most of the non-performance enhancing comforts that come with the Supercharged model.

Under the hood, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport makes use of a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that has been tuned to provide 375 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque.  Fuel mileage for the unit checks in at 13-mpg city and 18-mpg highway, and full-time four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard.  The Supercharged and Autobiography Sport trims are equipped with a blown version of the same motor that churns out 510 horses and 461 lb-ft of twist.  Four-wheel drive and a six-speed autobox remain in the picture, and fuel economy drops only slightly to 12-mpg city and 17-mpg highway.

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