2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Test Drive and Review

15 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Test Drive and Review

A Wales of a good ride

The bad is that I’m going to to expand my dream garage The good news is that squeeze in another Land — the 2014 Range Sport. And since it’s a garage, renovations won’t a dime. After spending a few driving through the real-life of Wales in the United Kingdom.

convinced that Land has made such significant to Range Rover’s middle that it has emerged as a distinctive, vehicle.

The 2014 Land Range Rover Sport start at $63,495 for the SE; $68,495 for the $79,995 for the Supercharged; and $93,295 for the trim level. V6 equipped are rated to achieve 17 mpg city/23 while V8 models get 14 mpg city/19 according to the EPA. All Land come with a 4-year/50,000-mile

Let’s drive.


Land Rover’s lineup is in the United States. On one side, the LR2 and LR4 (known as the Freelander 2 and Discovery 4 in other territories). On the other the Range Rover. Range Evoque and Range Rover

During the previous generation to 2013, with a cosmetic in 2010), the Range Rover shared many design with the luxury-oriented Range The latest Sport reinterprets the language from Range 2013 makeover and the stylish which made its debut in bringing continuity to the Range lineup for the first time. up the three vehicles, and there’s no that they are related, and they are each designed for a

RR Sport slots in right the big Range Rover. Though the two share a wheelbase at 115, RR gives a few inches in height, and length at 191 vs. 196 for the Range Rover. Up the flat hood overlays a grille that connects the Xenon headlamps. Blacked-out support the illusion of a floating that slopes downward an Evoque-like rounded rear.

The is greater than the sum of its parts, up to a gorgeous, eye-catching SUV. Rover’s build quality is with deep, rich surfaces and high quality This SUV has presence.

In the Driver’s

2014 Land Rover Rover Sport

Photo Jason Fogelson

The big news in in the RR Sport is an available third which Land Rover is designed for occasional use. I get a chance to sit in the third row — on photos and measurements, it’s a short hop seat, most for kids and quick trips. not in use, it power folds the floor, leaving a flat floor for cargo.

Up front, new driver and passenger are sculpted with additional and great adjustability. First and row seats feature heating and and four zones of climate assure comfort throughout the

The Sport’s dash has been and simplified, with a broad panel dominating. I would preferred a higher position in the stack for the navigation screen, at as high as the instrument panel and information screen above the wheel. But I do like the ease of with the combination of touchscreen and buttons surrounding the screen.

The console is uncluttered, with the selector and Terrain Response near the driver, and a covered hiding cup holders next to the Land Rover offers a of real wood and metal packages — my favorite was the aluminum trim that’s in the Autobiography package. Switchgear, knobs and everything that you on the Sport’s interior feels rate, solid and durable.

handles the audio duties, a premium Meridian 23-speaker 3D system available that speakers in the roof. Rear entertainment hooks up to a pair of in the back of the front seat a great feature that ungainly, visibility-blocking fold-down

On the Road (and Off)

My drive took place on the side of the car. It was my first with right hand and I have to admit that the part of the drive was spent in terror, retraining my brain and to overcome a lifetime of driving Eventually, I became accustomed to the image, and I was able to enjoy the performance. I may have bumped the against the left curb or twice. Okay, three

But for the most part, right drive is fine. And by fine I it’s a perverse affectation the Brits, Japanese and Australians be mocked for.

I could go on and on how great the Sport is to drive. In the of space, I’ll hit some of the The first thing that Rover engineers did right is the vehicle’s weight by a claimed 800 Want to make any vehicle better? Start by cutting the weight.

Instantly, you’ve acceleration, handling and braking. probably improved top speed and towing capacity. All of that is with the Sport. Weight have been achieved many areas of the vehicle, but the chunk came from to aluminum for the primary material in the construction.

Using so much aluminum contributes to a claimed 40% improvement in stiffness. The way manufacturers claim increases in body stiffness me think that we must been driving some floppy jalopies until recently. The stiffness, along improved aerodynamics and noise results in a totally silent while driving, which reinforces the sense of luxury and that the Sport projects.

is provided by one of two engine choices: a new 3.0-liter V6 (340 hp/332 of torque) and the same 5.0-liter V8 (510 hp/461 lb-ft of that’s found in the Range A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission the power out to the four-wheel drive Paddle shifters are standard. needs the V8, by the way. The V6 is plenty scooting from zero to in just 6.9 seconds.

But guess You’re going to want the V8, and its to reach 60 mph in 5.0 seconds flat. V8 can also get a Dynamic mode, sharpens on-road manners for driving. Land Rover set up a few on an airfield under controlled with a pro driver in the passenger

I drove the V8-powered Sport in a run zero to one hundred to zero in seconds, then did a flying line top-speed test I hit 145 miles per hour, the fastest I ever driven any vehicle. The thing about the test was how controlled and quiet the Sport throughout. I was absolutely flooring the then positively jamming the pedal to the bottom, and the Sport complained, never stumbled, hesitated in its appointed duties.

I will never forget top speed run.

A Land must be as remarkable off-road as it is on in order to satisfy the faithful. The comes with Terrain 2, the same program that the new Range Rover. In addition to the off-road driving modes, Response 2 adds Auto, allows the Sport to make its own judgment about which will be the most effective in the conditions.

Maximum ground is improved by 2 over the outgoing and there’s a 7 adjustment between and off-road driving modes. departure and breakover angles are all to the previous Sport’s, and wading is an astonishing 33.5, which we through some obstacles on Rover’s Eastnor Castle course. On all-season road the Sport drives as smoothly and off-road as it does on smooth dry

It’s really, really

Journey’s End

2014 Land Rover Rover Sport

Photo Jason Fogelson

I fear I sound like a giddy when I read back this review. I was totally with the Range Rover in a way that I never expected. I had a reaction to the new Range Rover. but now I that the Sport has stolen my with its more relaxed and casual elegance.

It even to look like a bargain, when I consider all of the advanced available on the vehicle — of which I haven’t even had or space to discuss in this

Driving the Range Rover in Wales was the experience of a lifetime, and never forget it. But only of the memory is about Wales most of the memory is about the Rover Sport. I’d be to drive it anywhere — any street, any suburban jungle, any crawling, mud bogging, trail situation I happen to encounter my travels.

This is a great right at the top of my list and highly to anyone who can afford the best of the

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