2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Pros: Powerful V8 engines; Classy design inside and out; Towing capability; All-terrain capability

Cons: Guzzles premium fuel; Sloping liftgate limits cargo capacity; Lacks rear seat headroom; Heavy

Overview
The 2012 Range Rover Sport is near the top of the food chain with its luxury interior and sporty demeanor. Land Rover is known for building go-anywhere off-roaders but the Range Rover Sport shines, although still capable on slippery terrain, in town and on the highway.

Its interior is more reminiscent of the LR4 rather than the standard Range Rover. Nevertheless, it offers one of the best interiors in its class. The Range Rover Sport features a commanding view of the road for both the driver and passengers with rear stadium seating. Headroom can be a bit tight for taller passengers back there, but they will enjoy its premium leather upholstery and elegant wood and black lacquer accent trim pieces.

Buyers can choose from a 5.0L V8 or a supercharged 5.0L V8 that delivers an incredible 540 hp. Both engines are mated to a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Steering feel is good but not the greatest which may make longer trips fatiguing. For a vehicle of this size, surprisingly there is little body roll and it feels composed and refined through corners.

Overall, the Range Rover Sport demonstrates good manners on the pavement but lacks the rugged off-road spirit of the standard Range Rover. Despite this, I suspect that more shoppers will be interested in its posh cabin and ride rather than its true off-road capabilities.

Trims
The 2012 Range Rover Sport is available in two trim levels- HSE and Supercharged. The well-equipped HSE comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, fog lamps, a sunroof, a power liftgate, keyless entry/ignition, an adjustable air suspension, leather upholstery with power front seats, handsome wood trims, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system and an eleven-speaker Harman Kardon® sound system with a six disc CD changer, Bluetooth®, an auxiliary jack and a USB/iPod® interface. The HSE is eligible for the GT Limited Edition Package which adds most features found on the Autobiography Package plus a body kit, exclusive paint and faux-suede interior trims.

Adding the optional Luxury Package will get you 20-inch alloy wheels, heated front and rear seats, a heated windshield with heated washer nozzles, premium leather upholstery and a beverage cooler box.

Stepping up to the Supercharged model will get you all of the above features plus unique exterior trim and upholstery treatments, an upgraded air suspension system along with the more powerful engine, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, satellite radio and HD radio. Supercharged models are eligible for the Autobigraphy Package that adds a unique set of wheels, adaptive headlights, auto high beams, a rear roof spoiler, special exterior treatments, upgraded leather upholstery and a premium 17-speaker surround sound system.

Stand-alone options include a rear-seat entertainment system which is available on all models while adaptive cruise control is only optional on the Supercharged model.

Safety
Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, electronic brake assist, rear-park distance control, trailer-stability assist, hill-decent control, a rearview camera, rain sensing wipers and a whole slew of airbags. A 360-degree camera system, active headlights, automatic high-beam headlights and a blind-spot monitoring system are optional as part of the Vision Assist Package.

The Supercharged model comes with more powerful Brembo brakes. If you equip you supercharged model with adaptive cruise control, you will also get a collision mitigation system. It uses radar to detect if a collision is imminent and will prime the brake system. It will even initiate braking under extreme circumstances if it see fit.

Warranty Information
Every new Land Rover or Land Rover Range Rover vehicle is covered by a New Vehicle Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles, a 6 year/unlimited mileage corrosion perforation warranty and other various emissions warranties. While under warranty, your new Land Rover will be covered by Land Rover Road Side Assistance which will bring help 24 hours a day, anywhere in the US. Bring your Land Rover into an authorized dealer within the first 12 months or 15,000 miles and the first required maintenance will be performed free of charge. This is with the exception of the LR2, which requires its first maintenance at 6 months or 7,500 miles.

MSRP- 2012 Range Rover Sport:  

Available Trims/Packages: MSRP
2012 Range Rover Sport HSE $60,895
2012 Range Rover Sport HSE LUX $65,595
2012 Range Rover Sport Supercharged $76,495
2012 Range Rover Sport Autobiography $87,195
Similar vehicles that are worth a look before you buy: MSRP
2012 Infiniti FX FX50 $60,750
2012 BMW X5 xDriver50i $65,095
2012 Lexus GX GX 460 Premium $58,915

EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

Range Rover Sport HSE & LUX

5.0L V8

6-Speed Automatic with CommandShift®

13/18

Range Rover Sport Supercharged & Autobiography

Supercharged 5.0L V8

6-Speed Automatic with CommandShift®

12/17

 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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