Before the New York Auto Show frenzy ensued, we had the opportunity to put the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport through the paces of winter weather. The ’10 Range Rover Sport comes with slight exterior changes and interior upgrades.
On the exterior, the changes are subtle. There are LED headlights, a revised two-bar grille, new fender styling, and redesigned arches for the 20″ wheels. On the interior, in the backseats, there is elevated stadium seating, audio controls on door, and heated seats.
Under the hood, the Range Rover Sport boasts a direct injection, naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 that produces 376 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 375 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm with a base price of $60,495. If you want a ridiculous amount of power in your Range Rover, you can splurge for the supercharged V8 option that produces 510 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 461 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 (price tag of $74,195)
There are two areas where the Range Rover Sport could improve. The first area is the fuel economy. While a 14% increase over last year, the ’10 Sport only gets 12 mpg city and 17 mpg highway. The second area is the back hatch. If you have to close the entire hatch manually, it is a struggle if you’re not tall and relatively strong.
Overall, if you are looking for a luxury SUV, the Range Rover Sport will fit the bill. It has all of the luxury amenities you’d expect to find, a terrific terrain response system with five different settings, and options like side step running boards to customize the Sport to your needs.