2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport review MSN Autos

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The latest Land Rover impressive performance both on and off

The all-new 2014 Land Range Rover Sport meets the challenge of combining car-like performance with off-road capability.

With the of models in the SUV market, it’s not to find an SUV that can offer car-like performance and handling. If looking to head off the beaten there are also plenty of that can handle the toughest of But to have both those in one vehicle is a challenge.

Land ‘s all-new Range Sport excels on both It possesses the ability to push almost three feet of one moment, and then accelerate to 150 mph in the During a two-day press in Wales, we had the opportunity to witness feats firsthand — and plenty

More agile and capable the outgoing model, the 2014 Rover Sport features a new Response system as well as a of more powerful and efficient The Range Rover Sport has a completely new look, fitting between the larger Range and smaller Evoque .

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Model lineup

The Range Sport will be available in different trims with two choices when it goes on this fall. All variants of the Rover Sport feature 4-wheel drive with traction control, an 8-speed transmission and a long list of feature acronyms.

The base-level Range Rover is the SE, which starts at $63,495. by a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 engine, the SE leather-trimmed 14-way power seats, heated front and windshields, interior mood an 8-inch touch screen and a 380 Meridian Audio system eight speakers. Also is the Land Rover’s Terrain system, satellite navigation rain-sensing wipers, 19-inch wheels and a rearview camera.

For an $5,000, buyers can upgrade to the In addition to the SE equipment, the HSE gets leather heated seats, panoramic sunroof, fog lamps, wheels and Shadow Zebrano veneer with a choice of gray oak wood or micromesh aluminum trim.

At a starting of $79,995 is the V8 Supercharged trim. In to a 510-horsepower V8 engine, features a twin-speed transfer case, Response 2 with Automatic as as Dynamic programming, and bright tailpipes.

The top-of-the-line Autobiography at $93,925 and as expected it’s loaded. Standard equipment two-tone and three-tone seat choices; a heated steering leather trim on dash and console; a cooler in the front console; 16-way power heated rear seats; and a Premium 825-watt surround system with 19 speakers. The also features 21-inch red-painted brake calipers, a camera system and the Performance package which increases top to 155 mph.

Under the hood

Two new engines are in the Range Rover Sport, with start-stop technology.

The engine is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 produces 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of The V6-powered RR Sports can reach 60 mph in less than seven which is quicker than the generation’s V8.

For those in need or of more power, the RR Sport is available with a supercharged V8 engine putting out 510 horsepower and 461 of torque.

Acceleration is strong either engine, but the V8 can reach 60 mph in than five seconds as we experienced on a closed runway, it can 150 mph. And it sounds fantastic.

engines are paired with a new automatic transmission. Combine with 800 pounds of weight (compared with the previous and you have the two largest contributors to fuel efficiency. The average economy of the V6 improves from 15 mpg to 19 while the V8 sees a more improvement of 2 additional mpg with a of 16 mpg.

Granted, neither economy number is particularly on its own, but both are reasonable for a large SUV.

Inner

Even though Range are capable of traversing the toughest to the middle of nowhere, you’ll get in the lap of luxury, surrounded by the new Range Sport ‘s luxurious leather and loads of high-end

During our on- and off-road trek of hundred miles, we found the big quite comfortable and easy to to the right driving position; the restraints are especially sumptuous. seats offer good but the seats themselves are stiff and may uncomfortable after a few hours.

have been complex in generations of the Range Rover, but in the Range Rover Sport were quite intuitive and to operate.

Rover is offering a row in the RR Sport, but it is designed for limited Adults would find the cramped; however, it should well for children. The seating is referred to as 5+2, meaning really is a 5-passenger vehicle offers two additional seats if

The seats fold flat the cargo floor when not in

On (and off) the road

Rover has a well-earned reputation for its prowess and the 2014 Range Sport certainly doesn’t

The all-new Terrain Response 2 allows those who aren’t to take full advantage of the Rover Sport’s capabilities. can choose from General, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Each setting optimizes and traction by adjusting engine transmission, differentials, and chassis to match the demands of the terrain.

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The system can also be left in and will choose the setting best fits current

We experienced a wide variety of conditions and primarily left the to decide on its own; however, for of the steep terrain and deep we put the transfer case in Low, unlike past models can be while the vehicle is still

On rutted off-road track, the RR felt solid with a ride. There was no groaning or (except from the passengers) as the traversed extreme angles required the full use of its 21 inches of articulation. In fact, the RR Sport is quiet on- or off-road.

The 2014 Rover Sport possesses an ability to wade through than 33 inches of water — measures almost up to the door Doors are triple-sealed to keep the dry, and an industry-first Wade system alerts the driver if the is getting too deep. Part of our included traveling upstream a small river.

Talk odd sensations: From the riverbank, the with their wheels submerged, looked like Rover boats.

What sets the Range Rover apart from its predecessor and of the competition is its inherent agility. And it certainly has amazing capability we also found it to be surprisingly on the twisty roads through the

In addition to a lighter and more chassis, the new RR Sport’s suspension has updated for better handling all The Terrain Response 2 system a Dynamic mode, which a firmer ride, tighter control, reduced roll and responsive steering. The active locking differential helps traction, and torque vectoring the brakes to reduce understeer and stability through corners.

all this really means is you can take full advantage of the big under the hood and have a time when the road interesting.

To check this SUV’s stability at high we took advantage of a closed at Cotswold Airport in Wales to the RR Sport to 150 mph. There was a bit of at 130 mph, but otherwise the RR Sport was at top speed, and hard braking us quickly with no drama. was in the same vehicle that earlier had successfully driven door-high water — there many vehicles that can both these tasks, and such ease.

Right for

If you’re in the market for a luxury the 2014 Land Rover Rover Sport is a perfect of luxury, performance and off-road


The less-expensive supercharged V6 engine be more than adequate for buyers’ needs, and the added economy is definitely worthwhile. to experience the Range Rover full dynamic driving the V8 is really the way to go.

Sure, most owners never take their Rover Sport off-pavement, from driving onto the in front of the neighborhood Starbucks, but now can thoroughly enjoy pushing a Rover along winding while knowing they easily handle the off-road and mud when they want to.

(As of a sponsored press event, the provided MSN with travel and to facilitate this report.)

Stern’s automotive career over 20 years ago as an advisor at a consulting firm. One of the original members of CarPoint, Microsoft’s Web site that launched in he became editor of the site in which is now known as MSN Autos. has also contributed to MSNBC and MSN properties in Canada, Japan and

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