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The car being reviewed here is the 2010 Range Rover Sport, with a powerful V8 engine and a high class cabin, this car to me combines luxury features with off the road fun. I noticed the changes to the exterior compared to previous models are subtle, the 2010 now has LED headlights a two bar grille, and a new front bumper, and the wheel arches have been redesigned to improve aerodynamics, and highlight the 20 '' inch wheels. It has a new direct injection 5 L V8 and gets 375 lb-ft of torque, and they've upped the horsepower by 75 hp to 375 hp...and I could really feel it...it's so much faster and more responsive. The Range Rover Sport also offers a supercharged model with a V8 that turns out 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. The rear is comfy..it has elevated stadium seating..which gives the passenger the same visibility as the driver. I found though the elevation comprimises your head-room a bit, and the leg room is average...but you do get a bunch of luxury features you have all control.
...If your a bit height challenged, you might want to get the optional side steps or running board so getting in is a bit easier...At the rear hatch you can open just the glass which is pretty convenient or you can open up the whole hatch, but if you don't have your key fob on you...you have to reach up pretty high pull down the hatch using your bodyweight, because they'res no power down button. The cargo room is average for an SUV...though you do have the 60/40 split of the backseats which helps...I noticed the majority of the upgrades are in the cabin, nice soft-touch plastics, leather and wood trim. And the infotainment system is alot more intuitive than it you's to be...I see they have eliminated about half the buttons. Now there's a 5 inch screen, between the tachometer and speedometer, which gives alot of basic info about the car, time, date n temperature and fuel capacity. However I think it would be really cool if they came up with a software upgrade that allowed the separate navigation information to appear in the same screen...it is so much easier to see that screen than it is to look across the centre console navigation system. Another feature which I liked was the high beam assist..which allows the vehicle to switch between high and low beams, as traffic allows. When behind the wheel for its size it handles very nicely, has a great sporty feel, hugs the road..it gives me that ready for the world domination feeling. On top of that the terrain response system assures the driver that they will be ready for any off road task, with five different settings that adjust the throttle, gear response, ride height and differential settings to optimise mobility in various environments.
As for fuel economy it gets 12 mpg in the City, and 17 mpg on the motorway...now that's a 14% improvement on the previous model, but still makes me whince. With a heavily revised interior, this car is a fun to drive sporty, go anywhere vehicle.
I see that this review has now been posted in the correct category - hence my removal of the OT rate. R.
RICHADA 24.02.2011 18:41
Apologies for the OT here, but the Range Rover TDV8, which is the subject category, and the car that you have reviewed here - the RR Sport are two entirely different cars. The Sport is heavily based on the latest Discovery rather than the older Range Rover chassis. It also is a different body shell with a lower roof line. Anyone researching information on the RR TDV8 is going to be confused by this as you are simply reviewing a different car here. R.