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2014 Range Rover Sport

Combining luxury and sportiness with off-road ability is no easy task, but with the 2014 Range Rover Sport, Land Rover seems to have got their formula spot on. It’s still large, but it’s sleeker, weighs lesser and packs in more equipment than ever before.

There’s no two ways about it, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is a big car, and it doesn’t try to hide it. However, what it does is hint that it really is a big sport. The angle of the windscreen and the sloping roof make it appear more at speed than the Range Rover. The macho grille and narrower bi-Xenon headlamps start off the smooth side profile which leads into the sharp new LED tail-lamp cluster. The large but tapering side windows and the twin tail-pipes at the rear also accentuate its expression of speed.

Inside, the 2014 Range Rover Sport features typically Land Rover premium SUV quality and craftsmanship. The leather laden interior with trim accents can be customized with a combination to your liking. The HSE trim level also brings an extended spec sheet. The driver-centric layout is evident with the digital display position and the central rotary drive selector finding your hands easily. The plush perforated leather seats let you fine tune your driving position and offer excellent support and a commendable ride quality, especially with the electronic cross-linked air suspension working in the background. Climate control and mood lighting are joined by an 8-inch touch-screen and 250W sound system to enhance the experience of your journey. You can even opt for a 5+2 seating package.

The 2014 Range Rover Sport packs a plethora of aids for safety and dynamics. Dynamic stability control and electronic traction control are joined by ABS brakes are supported by EBD, brake assist and cornering brake control for optimized handling. Hill Descent Control, gradient release and acceleration control are standard as is automatic load levelling on the air suspension. The protective safety bundle includes roll stability control and front, side, thorax and pelvis airbags.

The light weight of the 2014 Range Rover Sport allowed the use of a V6, and here, it’s supercharged for good measure, delivering the power while keeping a check on efficiency. The 3.0L unit makes 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The 8-speed automatic transmission with CommandShift and the extremely capable Terrain Response system ensure best use of the power. With a selection of standard; gravel, grass or snow; mud and ruts; sand and, of course, rock crawl, Terrain Response makes the Range Rover Sport ready for anything. Handling on the road, and behaviour off it are unmatched and point to how much engineering has gone into making the Sport as good as it is.

With a capable car, comes a capable warranty. The 2014 Range Rover Sport is offered with a 4 year/50,000 mile new car limited warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance, with a 6 year/unlimited mile corrosion perforation warranty. Besides, the first scheduled maintenance is complimentary if performed within 1 year/15,000 miles.

If adventurous off-road driving in the lap of luxury is what you seek one day, and a blast on the highway on the other, the 2014 Range Rover Sport will fit the bill just perfectly. Demanding as those requirements are; it can do it all very well and come away completely unscathed.

 

2014 Range Rover Sport HSE
Specific Make/Model & Trim Package: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE
Base Price for this model: $67,600
Body style: 5-door, SUV
Engine & Torque: 3.0L, V6, supercharged, gasoline, 340 hp at 6,500 rpm, 332 lb-ft from 2,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed, automatic, all wheel drive
Curb weight: 4,727 lbs.
Wheels & Tires sizes/specs: 20-inch, 255/45 R20
Warranty: 4 year/50,000 mile new car limited warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance, 6 year/unlimited mile corrosion perforation warranty.
Towing Capacity: 7,716 lbs. (gross)
Fuel economy EPA: 17 City / 23 Hwy MPG
0-60 MPH, Quarter Mile: 6.9 seconds, N/A
Top Speed: 130 MPH

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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