2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review & Ratings | Automotive.com

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2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

Combines dynamic off-road capabilities with highway performance.

Reviewed by Automotive on 5/10/2006

Land Rover’s first performance model, the 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport departs from previous models’ focus on off-road driving. The Sport model still includes the luxury of the other models.

It remains similar to the LR3 but shorter and 450 pounds lighter. The exterior is comparable to the Range Rover, but with more attention given to its aerodynamics and lines, combined with a sharper rear hatch and a shorter wheelbase. The Sport comes in two trim levels, the HSE and the Supercharged (SC).

Drivers can choose between two engines. A 300-horsepower Jaguar V-8 with a six-speed automatic transmission powers the HSE, while the SC increases the horsepower to 390. The Range Rover Sport has the acceleration and handling of a performance on-road vehicle with the off-road capabilities drivers have come to expect from the Land Rover brand.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV

Engines: 4.4-liter V-8, 4.2-liter supercharged V-8

Transmissions: six-speed automatic with adaptive shift logic

Models: HSE, Supercharged (SC)

What’s New

The 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is an all-new vehicle concentrating on sporty style and off-road capabilities. The sharpened suspension and steering improve on-road performance with a variable ratio, variable-assistance ZF Servotronic steering, and monotube shocks.


The 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE has four doors and a 188-inch length and 76-inch width. It has a 38-foot turning diameter, independent front and rear suspension, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Standard exterior features include high-intensity discharge headlights, high-pressure headlight cleaners, a glass electric front sunroof, a tow hook, a rear spoiler, heated exterior mirrors, and power adjustable exterior mirrors.

The SC upgrades to 20-inch wheels, and includes the Dynamic Response active suspension system.


Standard interior features on the HSE trim include leather upholstery, fold-down rear seats, dual-zone climate control, a 14-speaker 600-watt Harman Kardon audio system, and wood trim. In addition to the HSE’s standard features, the Supercharged trim comes standard with the Luxury and Cold Weather packages (optional on the HSE). These packages include heated seats, windshield, and washer jets; upgraded leather upholstery, cherry wood trim, and a center console cool box.

The dash is geometric and elegant, but simple and well-padded. The interior focuses on the driver with a cockpit style. Other features include a charcoal air filter, front reading lights, dual vanity lights, separate rear stereo output, and DVD display with voice activation and a navigation system.

Performance Handling

The Range Rover Sport keeps on-pavement performance in mind, but the off-road capabilities remain if you need them. A dial in the center console enables the driver to use the Terrain Response System, which adjusts and optimizes the vehicle’s traction control in different road conditions. The vehicle’s handling stays solid, even at high speeds, and has plenty of passing power.


The 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE trim comes loaded with standard safety features, such as a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, a brake assist system, cornering brake control, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, interactive front and rear suspension leveling, and front and rear parking sensors that warn the driver with beeps when getting too close to other cars or pedestrians crossing in front of or behind the vehicle. Other safety features include adaptive bi-xenon headlights, speed- and rain-sensing wipers, and a full set of front and side curtain airbags.

The Supercharged trim level adds some impressive safety features, including a sensor that detects when the wheels lose traction or when the vehicle feels heavier on one side than the other and then uses corrective braking to prevent a possible rollover. In the event of a crash, the SC comes equipped with an inertia switch, which unlocks doors, turns off the fuel to the engine, and turns on hazard lights.

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